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Hi I'm John

I speak Spanish. I teach the Gospel in Vegas. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am the eighth child of nine in my family. I was born and raised in Missouri and have a job as a truck driver for a local charity thrift store. I love my life. I like to look at each day as an opportunity to do something good in the world and become a better person. I enjoy making movies with my family and friends for a good laugh. I consider myself an expert duct tape craftsman. I've made everything from purses to exotic flowers out of the sticky strips of plastic. I play the tuba and the bassoon and am developing my singing voice. I'm currently serving as a missionary in Las Vegas. I cherish the thought of doing nothing but serving other people and helping them come to Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I was born into a Mormon family, I've had to seriously consider my personal faith and feelings towards God. Religious studies of all kinds are sort of a hobby of mine; I love to attend services in many different churches because it gives me a broader view of humanity. I don't like it when others judge me because of my religion or reject my opinion because they don't understand its doctrine. That's why I make it a point to learn everything I can about other religions- so that I don't wrongly assume things about others. In all of my experience, Mormonism simply makes sense. Every doctrine sort of fits in together with everything else. It's perfect. Other faiths seem to have gaps or contradictory ideas, but the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints seem to work together in perfect harmony, every aspect explaining and supporting everything else. I have a very analytical mind, so I'm comforted that, once you really start thinking about it, the Church is logically sound. But beyond that, it's more than just a church. Mormonism is the practice of the true Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. There is still so much I need to learn about God that I'll never fully understand in this life, but I do know this. The gospel as taught by the Mormon church gives me joy. True joy that can only come from God. I am a Mormon because it feels and sounds right. Simple as that.

How I live my faith

When it comes right down to it, living the Mormon faith means sacrifice. Just as Jesus taught, the LDS church teaches that we should constantly be giving to others. A good example of how I do that is by sacrificing time. Most Mormons have jobs (or "callings") that they perform so the church can run. It's all volunteer work; nobody is paid. I have a couple jobs. I'm a ward chorister, so every Sunday, I stand in front of the congregation and lead them in singing hymns. Also, I teach nine-year-olds about the Bible in Sunday school. Also, I'm an elder and am frequently called upon to help others when their in need. If somebody at church knows a friend who needs help moving or is ill, I'll go to offer whatever services I can give. That's just the culture of it- With the Mormon church, you're always in good hands, because even though you're expected to give a lot, your are given so much more in return. Others in the church will always be there to help you and God always seems to find clever and mysterious ways of making your life a real joy. Service is one way that I can see the light of Christ in my life. In short, I live my faith by giving.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Tithing in the LDS church is not unlike offerings in other religions. We are expected and obligated to sacrifice ten percent of our income for the benefit of the church. This money goes into the building of meetinghouses and temples, to welfare programs, and basically the general good of the church's members and those outside the faith alike. None of the church leaders are paid because, like tithing, we voluntarily sacrifice our time and efforts for the church. We do this willingly and happily, because we know that by serving and paying tithing for each other, we are serving God. Everything we ever gain is given to us by the Almighty anyway, so why not give a small fraction of it back to show our love for Him? Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Mormon missionaries are special messengers called and set apart to help God's children learn of Him and follow the example of the Savior Jesus Christ. They are His representatives. They will visit with you and discuss sacred truths about God's plan for you and your family. They will read from the holy scriptures and invite the Holy Spirit into your home. Their goal is your happiness. They will give you all that you need to come unto Christ and fully experience the joy that God has prepared for you. Show more Show less