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Hi I'm Michael John

I'm a Chemical Engineering Major, a bookworm, I love to play pretend, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife is the center of my life, she helps me to see my potential when we make time to talk together. I love my family and I would do anything for them. I have good friends that enrich my life. I have a hard time juggling all of my schoolwork and I often feel like I can never quite measure up. I love to play sports, especially men's volleyball, but I don't have much talent so I just play. I love to read, I'll curl up with a good book for hours on end. Imagination is vital to my sanity, and I believe in the power of playtime with no inhibitions.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I love God. I feel his presence in my life as I follow the teachings of His prophets. I am a Mormon because I wish to come to know my Lord Jesus Christ and become like Him. I am a Mormon because He gives me Joy, because He helps me to endure this world, because I am not strong enough to do it alone, and because I have felt the reality of His forgiveness and sacrifice. I am a Mormon because of my Father God and His son Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

As in so many things in life, living the truth of this gospel is about my willingness to consistently sacrifice a part of myself through my time and effort. I live my faith by pleading for His influence in my life through prayer. I live my faith by reading His words each day in scripture so that I can more fully learn what He desires of me, and experience what he has given me. I live my faith by trying my best to serve in His kingdom, teaching His word. I live my faith by striving to love God, and all those around me.

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Michael John
Before He was born in Bethlehem, Christ was the Jehovah of the Old Testament in the Bible, blessing those who would come unto Him.  Jesus Christ is the literal son of God, born to Mary on Earth. He lived a perfect life, performing miracles similar to many of His prophets. He suffered the pains of this life and the sins of man for each and every one of us. He was mocked, scorned, and rejected; crucified for teaching the truth. He is risen, He took up His body on Easter Morning never to taste of death again; bringing hope and conquering death for each of us as well. He is the Son of God, my Savior, and my King. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Michael John
There is no such thing as a 'cookie cutter' way to be a mormon. The stereotypes of any religion, culture, nationality, race, or interest group are really unnecessary in many cases, and definitely in this case. Our lifestyle is spiritual, to be in tune with God's will as much as possible, to follow Jesus Christ. We love our bodies, as gifts from our Father in Heaven, and try to treat them the best that we can. We are all here to have Joy, that is the purpose of life, and the Mormon lifestyle definitely reflects that life offers Joy in many different packages. God's life is the good life, and that's what we try to live. Show more Show less

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Michael John
The motivating principle behind the Welfare program of the Church is that God is, and always has been, interested in the temporal, as well as the spiritual, welfare of His children. We strive to bring spiritual nourishment and Jesus Christ who is "the bread of life" to all people, but physical bread is just as important to give. The unique and guiding principle of the program is that, rather than having a goal of simpy helping those in need, we focus on helping others to work for themselves and become self-reliant physically. We simply ask that all who have give what they can, and that those who are capable work their hardest to support themselves, their families, and those in need. Show more Show less