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Hi I'm Jay

I'm a husband, a father of three kids, a soldier, and a latter-day saint.

About Me

I have a bachelor's degree in Computer Science, but I'm currently serving as an Army officer. I enjoy music and reading with my wife. My kids are endlessly entertaining and cute.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Church and have seen the many ways in which I've been blessed by it. I've learned to trust my Heavenly Father implicitly. He's wise, and as I've followed Him I've learned and been happy. The Church gives me a perspective on life and eternity that guides everything I do. I love it. 

How I live my faith

I have fun teaching 14- and 15-year-old boys every Sunday. I'm also the director of a meager church choir. I try to visit other people often and my wife and I love bringing people into our home, a place that we hope to make holy and a refuge where we and others can feel God's spirit. I'm ready to talk to anyone, anywhere about the Church and the joy it has brought me.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Women are not required at all to serve missions. Young men are "required" to serve as missionaries much in the same way that people are required to honor their mothers and fathers or to keep the sabbath day holy. Young men who do not serve as missionaries simply deny themselves the blessings that come from serving God. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Absolutely. We are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We try to be true disciples of Christ by living according to the teachings He gave in His mortal life thousands of years ago and by revelations given in our day. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

We serve because it is the right thing to do. We need no monetary reward for helping others. We are not motivated by profit but rather by love and real concern for the salvation of those around us. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

No. We worship God. We honor Joseph Smith as a man who did some very, very good things, but he does not take the place of Jesus Christ or God the Father in our lives. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Being a member of the Church is great. We have friends and values. I know what the purpose of life is and I am continually learning. It strengthens my family and helps me to be truly happy. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

He is very literally our Father and loves us dearly. He is wise, and created a plan by which we can become like Him. He cares for us and wants us to learn and grow and return to Him some day. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

The Holy Ghost is a member of the Godhead along with God the Father and His son, Jesus Christ. The Holy Ghost is a comforter, guide, and teacher, and can be our constant companion if we are baptized and confirmed as members of the Church. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending a Mormon Church and a Mormon Temple?

We go to church every Sunday for regular worship and fellowship with other members in our local congregations. We go to temples to do specific things like being married for eternity. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

God loves all of His children. He has a plan for us that includes marriage between a man and a woman. Sexual activity outside of that sacred union is contrary to God's plan. His plan is for all of us, though it is difficult for some of us to receive all of the blessings of it in this life. No one who simply experiences same-gender attraction is barred from the blessings of the Gospel, though homosexual activity is sinful. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Mormons are the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We're called "Mormons" because we read the Book of Mormon, along with the Bible. It's important to remember, though, that we follow Christ, and that He is the head of our religion. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

God has revealed that He doesn't want us to consume these things. We care for our bodies by eating healthy foods and not using substances that can harm us. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

We believe that grace is necessary for us. We don't believe that grace will bring the greatest rewards to those who reject Christ, but that it will make our otherwise inadequate efforts sufficient if we are faithful. Show more Show less

What are some of the ways that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps those around the world?

The Church brings the true Gospel to the world so that people can improve their own situations and have greater faith in Jesus Christ. The Church provides a moral base and strengthens the basic unit of society, the family. Also, the Church brings a great deal of humanitarian aid to those in need, particularly after natural disasters. As I grew up, my mother was poor, and we ate food provided by the Church. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

The purpose of life is to become like God and be happy. We make choices, sometimes while going through great trials, with the opportunity to exercise faith in Jesus Christ and learn and grow. Show more Show less