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Hi I'm JP

And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I like to play board games and role-playing games. I enjoy reading, a lot. I have been married to my beautiful wife for nine years. We have three wonderful children. They are more fun than anything else in the world. Especially when they make up their own jokes. I am a teacher. I have taught high school Spanish for five years. I turned down law school to do so, much to the confusion of my students. They see it as I turned down money. I see it as I took a calling from my Father in Heaven to serve. And, I've been happy ever since.

Why I am a Mormon

My mom joined the church when I was seven. I joined a month after my eighth birthday. Many times in my life, I've wondered whether or not I was in the true church. While I never once doubted the good that the church did in my life, I often wondered about the truth of the Gospel. When I was in high school, I decided to do what every teacher in church had always taught me to do. Ask God. After all, if the church is true, and really His church, He would tell me. Just like it says in James, "If any of ye lack wisdom, let him ask of God..." So, I asked. That was not the only time I've knelt in prayer and asked my Father if the Gospel was true. I check constantly for each principle that I learn. And, each time the answer is the same. "Yes."

How I live my faith

How do I live my faith? Every day. I pray to my Father in Heaven several times a day to ask for His help. I also read my scriptures and study the Gospel with my family. I also serve as the secretary for the Elder's Quorum. It's the church's organization for men. It's my job to take the attendance and organize the home teachers. I'm also a home teacher. This means that I visit certain families on a regular basis to check and see how they are doing and if they need anything. In all of these things, am I perfect? No. However, I'm working to better myself and I trust in my Savior to help me on the areas I'm lacking in.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

JP
God is a loving Father who cares for all of his children. This includes those that lived their entire lives without ever having the chance to hear the Gospel. These people, who were good people to the best of their knowledge, would have suffered forever without baptism to wash away their sins. But, how could they have ever been baptized if no one ever taught them about Christ, or if no one with authority to baptize ever visited their area? This would be unfair to those good people, and God is a fair and just god. So, we go to the temple to perform baptisms for the dead who died without knowledge of the Gospel. On the other side, these same spirits are taught the truth about Jesus Christ and allowed to make the choice to accept the Jesus as their Savior or not. We do baptisms for the dead in the hope that they do accept the Gospel on the other side. We do this work for our brothers and sisters on the other side so they can enjoy the blessings we enjoy. We do it because we love them. Show more Show less

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

JP
The church, or chapel, is our general meeting house. We meet there every week on Sunday to learn the Gospel and take the sacrament. Our youth meet there during the week to have fun and learn some more. The temple, though, is a special place to us. The temple is the House of the Lord, and so for us it is sacred. We go there for our most sacred moments, such as being married for eternity. So, the chapel is an everyday, normal meeting house, and the temple is the House of our Father, and sacred. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

JP
Absolutely. Without a doubt. Webster's Dictionary's first definition of a christian is "one who professes belief in the teachings of Jesus Christ." That's us. Our first Article of Faith states, "We believe in God the Eternal Father, and in His Son Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost." So, we profess a belief in Jesus. Now, as to His teachings, we follow them. We as mortal humans are not perfect, but we work every day, praying for His help to make ourselves better every day. We believe in Christ, and we teach the words of Christ to our children so they can believe too. So, yes, we are Christians. Show more Show less