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Hi I'm John

I'm working hard to make it through this life, just like you.

About Me

I work for a firm that does railroad signal engineering. I enjoy the Florida sun and spending time with my wife and three daughters. Between work and home, I also try to make time for fishing and exercising.

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized into the Mormon church because my parents were looking for a church to raise their children in. As a teenager, however, I realized that I wanted my own validation of what the LDS church taught was true. My testimony was built off of the Book of Mormon. I read it and prayed to God to ask if it was a true record. I received that witness as is promised at the end of the Book of Mormon, that if we read and sincerely ask our Heavenly Father, He will show us the truthfulness of all things by the power of the Holy Ghost.

How I live my faith

This is an interesting question. I feel that Mormons actually do live our faith. It is more than just believing in something, it's actually living those principles day to day. I am very involved in the men's group at church. We look out for each other, help to lift up each other, and generally care about the well being of our congregation. There are plenty of opportunities to serve other than just attending Sunday meetings.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

This question frequently comes up. The funny thing is, there is nothing secret going on in temples at all, and we are glad to talk about it. Before an LDS temple is dedicated, it is open to the public. An open house is organized, and those in the community are invited to walk the grounds and tour the inside of the temple. Once a temple is dedicated, it is put to work. That is when only members holding a current temple recommend may enter. To received a recommend, a member must have an interview with his or her Bishop and Stake President. This interview confirms that the member is active and that their beliefs are in accordance with those of the church. Mormon's believe that all of God's children will have a chance to hear the gospel and have the chance to accept it, or reject it. There are many people who have lived and died on this earth without having the opportunity to hear about the gospel. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

We believe that God is the father of us all, that he is the creator of all our spirits. We believe that He is the third member of the Godhead, which is made up of God, the Eternal Father, His son, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost; all three separate and distinct beings. We believe that before we lived here on the earth, we all lived in the presence of God as his sons and daughters. We believe that we can have direct communication with God by praying to him in the name of his son Jesus Christ. We believe that this earthly life is a proving or testing ground to show that we can make right choices. If we can do so, we can return to live and progress in the presence of God again. Show more Show less