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Hi I'm Jesse

I love languages and travel. I'm a college student, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a college student, and I have a job on the school newspaper. Life is busy for me, but worth it. I speak Spanish and Korean, and have studied French and Mandarin Chinese. I am currently studying Hebrew. I enjoy science fiction, epic stories, writing, hiking, and thinking about the philosophy of life.

Why I am a Mormon

Jesus Christ is the Savior. Through Him we can overcome otherwise insurmountable challenges. Some of these challenges are internal: knowing how to truly love any person, how to always serve others with a grateful heart, how to be free while also being disciplined, how to live life in a fulfilling way. I know that He is the only one that can show us the way to the goodness that we all want. I know that spirituality is reality, although some people try to hide from this truth. I am a Mormon because the God that I know wants me to be. I know God because I pray to Him and feel His guidance literally every day. I try every day to be better.

How I live my faith

Every day brings a new challenge. I try to do the most important things first, and keep my priorities straight. One way I try to live my faith is by planning out my days before hand and asking God in prayer to help me to know which things I should spend my time on. I try to keep a good balance between family, friends, church, and school work.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

The Book of Mormon tells us that the this life is a time to prepare to meet God. God is perfectly clean and His kingdom is perfectly clean from any bit of evil. We have to choose to be clean ourselves if we want to live with Him. The way we can become clean is by being a true follower of Jesus Christ. Jesus promises that if we try our best to follow Him, He will take on the burden of our left-over sins and faults, and He will make us spiritually clean. This process of becoming a follower of Christ involves making promises with Him baptism, etc, and then trying our best for the rest of our lives to do what He would do. This involves a lot of service to others, a lot of searching within ourselves, and trying to keep our attitudes and thoughts clean each day. Show more Show less

What is faith?

I think that real faith is different from what is generally thought of when the word is used. People sometimes use "faith" as another word to describe a religious group with a certain list of "beliefs" that are accepted by that group. To me, faith is not a stated belief. Faith is the power to do things that we might not otherwise be able or willing to do. It is mind-expanding, rather than being some sort of intellectual prison cell. Faith in God leads us to try to act the way He would want us to. Faith in God has given me the power to reach out to people that I never would have otherwise. It has helped me to have the courage to put important things like family and church first, because I know that when I do, He will help with the rest. Faith usually starts small, and grows bigger. It is based on spiritual feelings that come from God. It grows as we act on those feelings. These spiritual feelings are just as real as the five senses, but difficult to put into words. It is difficult these days to have faith because so many people ridicule or ignore these feelings. Sometimes we just know what we should do, who we should help, etc. Sometimes we feel that God is real, and that Jesus is the Christ. Many times faith requires us to do things that we do not understand in a purely intellectual way. There is no such thing, however, as blind faith. Actually, ignoring spiritual feelings because we don't understand them intellectually would be denying part of reality. And the funny thing is, for me personally, often after I stop denying what I feel spiritually it is like a floodgate is opened in my mind and then I understand in a more intellectual way the problem I was stuck on. Faith can start with actions as simple as a prayer to God asking "are you there?" or "what should I do?". By doing these things, my life has been blessed more than I can really put into words. Show more Show less