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Hi I'm Jay Mackley

I live in Oregon and I am a software engineer and web designer. I am also a Latter-day Saint/Mormon.

About Me

I am a software engineer by profession. I am married and have five children and three grand-children. I like technology, history, and teaching.

Why I am a Mormon

Throughout my life I have seen the benefits of living the Gospel of Christ in my family and friends. However, my spiritual conversion happened when I first read the Book of Mormon at age 15.

How I live my faith

I try to keep close to God though my reading, writing, and serving in the Church - and through fasting and prayer. I feel strengthened in my spiritual goals when I put the principles of Christian living into actual practice.

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

Jay Mackley
Created as a spirit entity by God the Father, the Holy Ghost has a body of spirit that, in appearance, is that of a man – although not physically tangible. He has a body of spirit to fulfill His role as a teacher who testifies of divine truths by being in our presence without our seeing Him with our physical eyes. All covenants made with the Father must be sealed and ratified by the Holy Ghost or they are invalid, moot. For example, going through the motions of baptism does not avail us the blessing unless we first repent of our sins and seek God with all our hearts. When we do this the Holy Ghost ratifies the ordinance, meaning that it then becomes effective. The Holy Ghost delights in righteousness and when we yield to His influence to do what is right. On the other hand, He is offended and leaves us when we sin and seek to fill our lives with evil behavior. In such cases, he will leave us to our own devices and without His whispered guidance. To the unbaptized, His presence can be felt in short intervals by those who earnestly seek it. To those who are baptized for repentance and who receive The gift of the Holy Ghost by proper ordination, His presence can be felt at all times in our thoughts and feelings – if we do not drive Him away. He baptized Adam. He has interacted with all the Holy Prophets. Every decision for the right throughout history bears His imprint and He strives to influence men and women to do good. Show more Show less