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Hi I'm Jerry

I grew up in California and I am a father, husband and student, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi, I am a father of four kids of my own and two step kids. I have been remarried for 2 1/2 years. I have been a member of the church all my life and served a mission to the Great California Ventura Mission. I am a student majoring in Human Services and I work as a sub-contractor for Staples. I love to camp, water ski, go shooting, swimming, and only watch one sporting event a year-the Super Bowl! I am a avid reader and love the Book of Mormon. for fun I am a great fan of Vince Flynn, Michael Connelly, Lisa Jackson and others. I also love biographies.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church so I have been a member all my life. But even though, I too had to go through a conversion process. Growing up, I did some stupid things that were not in line with the teachings of the church. When I went on my mission, it was then that I began to realize truly how important and true the teachings of the church were. I read the Book of Mormon for the first time and began to really gain a testimony of that book, the prophet Joseph Smith, the church, and its principles. Since then, I have become an avid reader of the scriptures and other church books, specifically those written by the prophets and apostles. The experiences I have had have forced me to rely on the Lord and his teachings. Going through a divorce and being single again for 8 years was rough, but with the scriptures, prayer, and following the prophet, I have been able to not only survive, but to actually thrive and grow in many ways. My faith has increased, my trust in the Lord and his servants has become even more solid, and I have come to know myself better than I ever did. I have found that by following the churches teachings, the prophets, the scriptures and serving others, that my life is full, I have peace in my life, I know whats important and whats not, and I have direction. I understand the purpose of life and why we have trials and tribulations. My love of the Savior is strong, and because of these things, I continue to stay true to the gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I live my faith as an open book. If I can't let someone see me living as I should, then I am doing something wrong, right? I have served in numerous positions in the church including the gospel doctrine teacher, leaders of Quorums executive secretary to the bishop, Sunday school president, and at this time I am the Group Leader of the older folks in my ward. I am involved in the community as a CASA, which is a court appointed special advocate for children. I go with the youth on service projects and try to befriend my neighbors. I serve anywhere I am asked to serve and enjoy helping others.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Jerry
There are a number of reasons members donate 10% of their income to the church. #1, the lord tests our faith by us sacrificing even in times of hardship. #2, Tithing is used for the building of temples, churches, schools and the maintenance of those buildings. Tithing money is used for humanitarian efforts around the world such as disasters, and other situations. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Jerry
The temples are the most sacred places on earth. It is in the temples that we learn who we are, the purpose of life, about the creation of the earth and our final destination after this life is over. It is in the temple that we make sacred covenants, a two way promise between us and the Lord. We can be sealed for eternity in the temples to our families. This means that when this life is over, we can still be together for eternity. The temple is a place of unimaginable peace, joy and happiness. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Jerry
The word of wisdom is an incredible thing if you think about it. Given as a revelation to the prophet Joseph Smith in February of 1833, it is a health code we try to live by. It is interesting that it talks about tobacco "is not for the body, neither for the belly." It is a code that has been proved by science to be very healthy. I live very close to the Word of Wisdom myself and my doctors are amazed at how healthy a 46 year old can be. By living the Word of Wisdom, known to some members as WOW, we are more susceptible to the spirit, we are healthier, and a happier people who live on the average a longer more productive life. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Jerry
The law of chastity is an amazing principle. Simply stated, it is "that no man or woman will have sexual relations with anyone other than their husband or wife to who they are legally and lawfully married." We can see the wisdom of this principle by seeing what is going on in the world today. With broken homes, fatherless children, divorce on the rise, and society falling apart, it is important that husbands and wives stay true to their spouses. Disease and other awful things could be avoided if just this one principle were followed. Show more Show less