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Hi I'm John

I'm a husband. I'm a student. I'm a nerd. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm an MBA student focusing on Marketing Research. I've been married for 4 years and loving it. My hobbies are listening to jazz music (I'm actually taking jazz piano for the first time), going long-boarding, and hanging out with my wife (we love detective TV shows such as Psych and Monk dorky, I know, playing board games, and going out to eat (she's teaching me to be a foody).

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family and was raised going to a Mormon church in the most Mormon concentrated area in the world. Yet, I don't think it's safe to say that's why I'm a Mormon. I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and that He is the only one who can understand me completely and save me from my sins. I believe that I am a son of God and that He loves and cares for me. I believe that God sends us prophets and apostles to have a structure to His church on the earth. I believe all these things because tried living trusting that they are true, and I've tried living not trusting them. Regardless of my choices, the Lord has always been there to bring me back to what I know is true: God lives, we're all His children, His son Jesus Christ died for us, and He gave us the scriptures and prophets here on the earth today to help guide us back to Him. I know this is where God wants me to be.

How I live my faith

I actually just got assigned in my church to direct music for the children's classes. It's like being a game show host, only I'm not outgoing like Bob Barker, so it's tough to get them excited. This is way out of my comfort zone as I'm really not as musically talented as people apparently think I am. It's fun though. The kids are a lot of fun, and I think going to learn a lot. I also am trying to be more involved in the Christian community here in WI. I recently joined an MBA Christian group where I have the opportunity to share testimonies, do service, and strengthen each other. The focus of the group is to help us live the gospel in a business setting. It's a cool opportunity to join with people of many faiths with a single focus of being more Christ-like.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

John
From all the church services I've been to, I feel like Mormon's are very plain in comparison (and long). There's a traditional service like most churches where everyone is in the chapel together listening to talks (i.e., sermons). These are given by members of the congregation. Depending on how many members there are, you could be giving a talk once a year, once every couple years, or in one small place I lived, I gave them every month. After that, there are a couple hours of classes to talk about gospel topics in smaller groups. Kids have the same thing regardless of age, and it's just a great opportunity to learn from each other and to share your testimony. As for visitors, you are always welcome. But to be honest, you're going to get mobbed (in a good way) when people find out your not a member. I think sharing the gospel is a tough thing to do because you don't know if people are accepting of your beliefs, so I think people get excited when they see someone who might actually want to know more. You can find a church near you using mormon.org's church finder. I used this same program each time I've moved. It's nice to know that where ever I live, there is a congregation that I am a part of. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

John
Sharing what we believe is a big part of being a Mormon. We talk about it a church, we teach it to our children, and we try to do it where ever we go. A missionary is just doing that on a full time basis for 2 years. I actually was a missionary a few years back in South Carolina. I wanted to teach people what made my life great and how Jesus Christ was that reason. There were a lot of people who didn't know who we were or had misconceptions as to what we believed. I think that was why we went though, to share the message that God lives, and that he has a prophet on the earth, just like when Moses, Abraham, or Peter were on the earth. Show more Show less