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Hi I'm Jon

I'm a happy Mormon!

About Me

Hello! My name is Jon and I currently live in London, UK with my lovely wife. We are recently married and are abundantly blessed by the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. I love to play sports, watch movies, go for runs, eat my wife's healthy food, read books on history and economics, discuss current issues, and make as many friends as I can.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised a member of The Church by two good parents. I've always had a love and appreciation for the Savior Jesus Christ. It wasn't until my late teen years that I invested considerable time and energy into knowing for myself whether or not the Church was indeed the Lord's kingdom once again established on the earth. Through study, prayers, and faith, I came to know that Joseph Smith was a prophet called of God to restore His Church. Going hand in hand with that testimony, the restored Gospel has been the greatest source of goodness in my life. I love my family, and I've realized that the Gospel has made my family what it is. Also, because of the restored Gospel, I know that my family can enjoy ultimate happiness and togetherness. I realize more and more that the standards, truths, and principles brought into my life from the restored Gospel are what make me happy and secure. Being a Mormon is the best thing in my life.

How I live my faith

I try my best to live my life knowing that I have been blessed with the knowledge that Heavenly Father has a plan for me, and that Jesus Christ is at the center of that plan. The plan is often referred to as the Plan of Happiness. I think of it as a roadmap, and I also consider The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints the vehicle by which I can get to the best destination. I repent daily (because I know I need to and I know that I can), and I also strive to stay close to the Spirit through prayer, scripture study, and by being friendly and productive. I try to align my actions with the standards set forth by God's servants. Taking the sacrament (or the bread and water that represent Christ's body and blood, respectively) each week helps me to keep God closer to me during the week.

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

In years past, I've tried to answer this question by spouting off scientific studies that say yay/nay on different health issues regarding consumption of coffee, tea, or alcohol. In these experiences, I saw that my answers only confused myself and those to whom I was giving an opinion. The real reason (i.e. the most simple and truthful reason) why I don't drink any of those substances is because I believe that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God - a man called by revelation to be a spokesman for the Lord himself. Shortly after the formal organization of the restored Church, Joseph Smith, speaking for the Lord, declared that those beverages (coffee, tea, and alcohol) were not to be consumed. As with all commandments, God promises blessings, and those can be found in Doctrine & Covenants 89:18-21. In the end, my testimony of the prophet's divine calling and of Heavenly Father's love for me are the reasons why I don't drink coffee, tea, or alcohol. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Absolutely. If one defines a Christian one who follows Christ, worships Him, and considers him their Master and Savior, then - yes - Mormons are Christians. I've been told by those who are not of my faith that Mormons are not Christians because they do not believe in the Trinity (i.e. God being defined as The Father, The Son, and The Holy Ghost all as one being). If this is your definition, then Mormons are not Christians. However, I am a Mormon, and I believe that Jesus is the only one who can forgive me of my sins and bless me with the Grace necessary to walk with God in this life and live with God in the next. I am a Christian. Show more Show less

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

The purpose of Church Welfare is two-fold (just like any activity in the Church): to build others and to build oneself. I have a passion for helping people to help themselves because that is what Christ does for me. Because He has more love for me than I can comprehend, He allows me to make mistakes but then picks me up and helps me take steps to change and improve myself. Church Welfare does this on a physical/temporal level, as well as a spiritual level. Church Welfare provides food, clothing, medication, shelter, and other necessities for a person/family/community to become self-sustaining. Often the only reference to religion is the name of The Church on the box of food sent to a foreign land. Further, the Church Welfare programmes are carried out by other members of the Church. In this way, everyone who is touched by Church Welfare, be they the receiver or the giver, are blessed and lifted. The welfare programme is the Gospel in action. Show more Show less