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Hi I'm Jonathan

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a university student in my junior year. I'm studying with the hopes to go to medical school. I want to go into medicine so that I can spend my life helping others. I enjoy being outdoors fishing or hiking, and spending time with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I grew up in the church, I was never satisfied with what others said. For me, I've always had an "I have to know for myself" attitude. I started by reading the scriptures. As I read them, I started to make changes in my life. I gained for myself the knowledge that God is real. Then, the President of the Church asked everyone to read the Book of Mormon. I decided to take the challenge and read the book in a few months. As I read, I connected with the people in it and their situations. I felt like they were real... not just characters. I also felt their love for the Savior, and I began to feel His love in my own life. I knew from this that the Book of Mormon is true.

How I live my faith

One of the great things about the church is that there are always ways to become involved. For one thing, there are lots of opportunities to donate to charitable causes that the church undertakes. I try to do that monthly. I also get to help by supervising one of our gospel instruction classes on Sundays. It's great to be able to watch the class members grow in their faith and to work with the instructor to facilitate that growth.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Jonathan
Throughout the written histories of God's dealings with His children, we can read how He administered His priesthood authority and administration of important ordinances, or rites, among them. God called prophets and apostles and gave them priesthood authority. He then inspired them to call other men to be priests, teachers, and elders in the priesthood. These men attended to the ceremonies of the temple, administered ordinances like baptism and laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost. Through them, the Lord guided the church and maintained doctrinal purity. Why did God choose men to do this? I don't know. But He set it a specific way so that we can follow one path and avoid confusion. In the Mormon Church today, men fill the same roles they have always filled in God's church. It is no less or more important than the role the women play. Women take part in conducting the general affairs of the church, through the Relief Society, which is the church's women organization. Women lead this organization and use it to serve and teach other members of the church. Every 6 months, we gather to listen to the Prophet and Apostles. We also are blessed to hear from the leaders of the Relief Society and Young Women organization. Women provide strong examples of love and service. They serve as mothers to teach and provide for the children of the church. Through the righteous influence of our women, the entire church functions and is blessed. Without them, the church would fall apart. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Jonathan
The Mormon Church does not endorse any political party. We are encouraged to participate in our communities and countries. We are encouraged to uphold our values and to elect those who we feel will most benefit our country. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Jonathan
God loves all people. He cares about one group as much as another. Because He loves everyone, He does not withhold His words from one group of people and give them to another as long as both have faith. The Bible is a record of the words God gave to the people in the land of Israel. However, throughout the entire history of the Bible, millions of people lived and died in other lands. Some of these people were descendants of the Israelite people who had left or been scattered by Assyria and Babylon. These people could not communicate readily with the people still in Israel. As a result, the only way for them to learn God's will was for Him to reveal it to them directly. He did so because He loved them too. One of these groups of people were the ancient inhabitants of America. God's words and dealings with them were recorded for hundreds of years. This record was given to a modern prophet, and he translated it by the power of God. Today, we can read the words of God to the ancient American's and ask God for ourselves if it is true. He will reveal it to us just as He has revealed truth to all His children who exercise faith. Show more Show less

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

Jonathan
We absolutely believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. We believe that He was the God of the Old Testament. Under the direction of the Father, He created the earth. He spoke to the Old Testament prophets such as Noah, Abraham and Moses. He was born to the virgin Mary in Bethlehem. He walked among the people of Palestine, working many mighty miracles. He suffered and died for our sins. He rose from the grave and ascended to Heaven to stand on the right hand of the Father. We believe that He appeared alongside the Father to the prophet Joseph Smith. Today, He is at the head of our church and leads it through the prophet and twelve apostles. He will come again to reign upon the earth with all those who have faith in Him. Through Him, and Him alone, we can be forgiven for our sins and receive eternal live in the Kingdom of God. Show more Show less

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

Jonathan
The Bible is a wonderful book. We use it frequently in church and our daily lives. However, it is neither complete or perfectly preserved. God spoke to many prophets, some of whom are named in the Bible, and we do not have their writings. We believe that other records, including the Book of Mormon, contain valuable teachings and revelations that can bless our lives. Why not have more of God in our lives? Furthermore, not long after Jesus Christ, the apostles were separated and killed. Because of this, revelation to appointed church leaders ceased. As a result, personal philosophies and interpretations began to hold more sway within the church. The Bible isn't always clear on certain doctrines. For example, there are many modes of baptism today and the churches cannot agree if it is necessary or not. Besides this, many years of scribing and translation to different languages left the Bible in an imperfect form. If we had the original manuscripts of Paul's epistles today, we would likely see differences between them and the writings in our own Bibles. A restoration brought more scriptures that clarify and address many of the conflicts in Christian doctrine today. Furthermore, apostles and prophets again receive revelation to guide the church and answer doctrinal disputes and questions to keep the doctrines pure and in line with God's will. This enables us to receive guidance related to our day, which includes situations that were not addressed in the days of the Bible. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Jonathan
Many of our customs are just like most other people. We typically dress in nice, clean clothes for church to show our love for the Lord and to help us be in a spiritual mood. However, people are welcome to come in anything that is modest. We celebrate basically every holiday. We don't have holiday traditions that are particularly different from other people. We do try to place an emphasis on Christ for religious holidays such as Christmas and Easter, but we still exchange gifts and do Easter Egg hunts, etc. We also try to have a custom of service. We believe in helping those in need and giving of ourselves. Hopefully, as you associate with members of the Church, you will find them helpful, friendly, and courteous. Show more Show less

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Jonathan
God loves each of His children and wants to bless them any way He can. He doesn't only care about our spiritual well-being, but also our physical. He wants us to learn the blessings of work and toil and to be able to meet our physical needs. Self-reliance enables us to serve others more because we are not as concerned with out ourselves. We know through the words of prophets that the days we live in will have problems. Hopefully, we will not have to face major catastrophes. But the Lord wants us to be prepared in case they happen to us. By preparing for such events, we can take care of ourselves and our families and be able to help those around us who are in need. Show more Show less