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Hi I'm John

I'm a missionary. I like chess. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I am a missionary. I go around inviting others to know of the fullness of Christ's restored Gospel. I like to read books, watch baseball, and play chess. When I get back from my mission, I plan to continue to go to college and pursue my dream to be a business owner.

Why I am a Mormon

While I was born to members of the Mormon church, I did not always believe it was true. I only came to know the Mormon church was true by reading the Book of Mormon when I was fifteen years old. I read a simple four pages a day and prayed to know if the book was true. On Christmas morning I received the answer that the Book of Mormon really is holy scripture of God and Jesus Christ. My grandfather died on that Christmas mourning, but instead of sinking into dispair, I knew that I could see him again because of the principles taught in The Book Of Mormon. What a comfort to me to know, that my beloved grandfather and I would be reunited once again in Heaven.

How I live my faith

As a full-time missionary, I am blessed with the opportunity to meet people and tell them about the comforting message of Christ and His restored Church on the earth in these days. While many people decline to learn more, I feel so wonderful inside whenever I am able to help people know of the truthfulness of Christ's Gospel. I aslo live my faith by seeking for ways to help those around me, both Mormons and non-Mormons. Through service I have been able to feel God's love for me and those I serve.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

John
Someone in court who is asked to give testimony, tells the jury and judge that he saw or heard something important that the court needs to know. The same is true for Mormons who have a testimony. After understanding the truthfulness of God's restored Gospel, Mormons desire to bear witness that they know that the Mormon Church, is God's church on the earth today. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

John
The Book of Mormon was written by ancient prophets in the Western Hemisphere. While the Bible was written by people like John, Moses, and Isaiah, the Book of Mormon was written by Nephi, Mormon, and Ether. Joseph Smith only translated the Book of Mormon. He did not edit or create the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

John
While Mormons are strongly encouraged to go on a mission, no one makes you go. My parents encouraged me to go on a mission, but did not force me. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

John
Only God chooses the next prophet. That is the most wonderful thing to me. Our perfect creator is the only Person who gets to choose who the prophet is. We don't have a big vote and elect the most popular Mormon. This is God's church not the people's church, and as a consequence God runs it through the people He chooses. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

John
Mormons do not practice polygamy. There are churches which split off of the Mormon church who do practice polygamy, but faithful members of the Mormon church do not practice or support polygamy. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

John
Yes, Mormons do believe the Bible to be Holy Scripture. Sadly, there are many different Bibles out there and they teach different principles. Because different Bibles teach Christ's doctorine in different ways, we need the Book of Mormon to correct the confusing bits of doctorine found in the Bible. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

John
Most people don't know this, but missionaries, like myself, pay to go on a mission. I am not paid to help people, but rather my family, friends, and I are sacrificing money in order to bring people closer to our Savior, Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

John
There are no restrictions to joining the Mormon Church. Marital status, income, and race are not going to stop people from joining the Mormon Church. Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

John
The Church does not pass around a collection plate or ask for donations from members of the congregation. Instead, members are encouraged to pay ten per cent of their income to help The Lord's church keep the buildings nice. Also, the money is used to help missionary work go forword. In due time the money will help the church to spread the glad message of the Restoration to the entire earth. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

John
 A Restoration of the Gospel was needed because shortly after Christ's triumphant rise from the grave, the disiples of Christ were persecuted and killed. With the death of Christ's followers, the Show more Show less