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Hi I'm RJ

I'm a nerd, a college student, an Eagle Scout, and a Child of God. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I am the oldest of 5 boys. I have never lived in the same place for more than 5 years. My family has Moved a LOT over the years. I started every year of High School in a different building. I realize that change can be hard. I currently am serving a Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. After my mission, I will be continuing my education and eventually get married.

Why I am a Mormon

I choose to be a Mormon because I know that the Book of Mormon is true. I know because I prayed about it. Because I had been taught the gospel, I knew exactly what I was praying about. If this book really is true, then this, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is the Lord's only true church on the earth.

How I live my faith

In my family, I am the oldest of my siblings. I know that they look up to me as an example. I do my best. While a young man, I participated in the Boy Scouts program and earned the rank of Eagle. In high school I was known for my high standards. Because I try to be an example, people have inquired as to why I am as well as asked about my beliefs.

Are Mormons Christians?

RJ
Christians. A name first given to believers in Jesus Christ at Antioch in Syria, about A.D. 43 Acts 11:26. It was perhaps given contemptuously, but was accepted by followers of Christ as a fit title. See 1 Pet. 4:16 Alma 46:15. (see www.lds.org/scriptures/bd/christians) YES! We are Christians. We very firmly believe in Christ. Christ is the foundation of the Church. "Mormon" is simply a nikname we have because of our belief in The Book of Mormon. The Church's real name is "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints." In 3 Nephi 27 we read "And how be it my church save it be called in my name? For if a church be called in Moses’ name then it be Moses’ church or if it be called in the name of a man then it be the church of a man but if it be called in my name then it is my church, if it so be that they are built upon my gospel." I know that Christ is the foundation of the Church and that it is His Church. Show more Show less

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

RJ
We realize that everything we have, including opportunities, has come from God. He gave us 100 percent and He asks for 10 percent back from us. Does God really need money to do his work? No. Malachi 3:10 says, "Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it." Tithing is an act of faith. By paying our tithing the 10 to the Lord, we in turn receive blessings. It is not always financial blessing. There are many sorties of people who had to choose between buying food, paying bills, or paying their tithing. When they exercised their faith in the Lord and paid their tithing, miracles happened. Many times, food was donated by neighbors and friends who may have had no idea about their situation. God truly does open the Windows of Heaven. The tithings that the members of the Church donate become sacred funds to the Lord and are used for specific purposes. None of this money is paid to the leadership positions of the Church. One of these purposes is building and maintaining the many Meeting houses throughout the world. Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

RJ
We realize that everything we have, including opportunities, has come from God. He gave us 100 percent and He asks for 10 back from us. Does God really need money to do his work? No. Malachi 3:10 says, "Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it." Tithing is an act of faith. By paying our tithing, the 10 percent, to the Lord, we in turn receive blessings. It is not always financial blessing. There are many sorties of people who had to choose between buying food, paying bills, or paying their tithing. When they exercised their faith in the Lord and paid their tithing, miracles happened. Many times, food was donated by neighbors and friends who may have had no idea about their situation. God truly does open the Windows of Heaven. The tithings that the members of the Church donate become sacred funds to the Lord and are used for specific purposes. It is the Lord's money None of this money is paid to the leadership positions of the Church. One of these purposes is building and maintaining the many meeting houses and Temples throughout the world. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

RJ
No. All Mormons are not required to serve a mission. Serving a mission is a choice, but it is highly encouraged and considered a Priesthood responsibility. The young men may go after they turn 18 and graduated high school and the women of the church can serve a mission once they are 19. They don't have to go either, but many chose to. It is a choice. President Kimball said, "Certainly every male member of the Church should fill a mission, like he should pay his tithing, like he should attend his meetings, like he should keep his life clean and free from the ugliness of the world and plan a celestial marriage in the temple of the Lord. While there is no compulsion for him to do any of these things, he should do them for his own good." see http//lds.org/new-era/1981/05/president-kimball-speaks-out-on-being-a-missionary?lang=eng I have chosen to serve a mission, and I am happy that God gave me the agency to chose for myself and the oppertunity. Show more Show less