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Hi I'm John

I'm: a student, a musician, and engineer, and a mormon.

About Me

I am a student in California working on my bachelors in materials engineering. I just completed my 2nd year touring the nation with Drum Corps International. I have joined the Church not too long ago but it has been the best decision of my life and I'm so grateful for this opportunity to bear my witness of Christ. My hopes are that with this profile you may be opened up to the spirit and given confirmation of my testimony so that, perhaps, for one single moment you can feel the influence of the Holy Ghost in our lives today. :)

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know through the Light of Christ I have been shown the fullness of the Gospel as we know now. As a child my family has migrated through numerous churches and denominations. During that time I've never felt the Holy Spirit as strongly as I have as my first Sacrament Meeting I attended with a friend. I believe that every church as a degree of the truth. But there is an untold clarity that is given to the members of this church. It's a lot like when you first get instructions. In theory, you might know the concepts but nothing is ever quite as clear as when you first strap on those skis, get on that bike, or learn long division (okay, perhaps this isn't the best example). We are told in Matthew 7:16, "Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?" A common story that I'm sure most members of the Church have experienced is a conversation with someone not in the Church that goes something like this: "Man, you Mormons are so great! It amazes me how you guys are always so nice and are always willing to help others!" "Well, would you like to attend Sacrament Meeting with me next Sunday and learn more about us?" "Oh... uhh... sorry, I'm going to have to say no. You guys are great and all but I just can't come to accept all that Joseph Smith stuff" I can't help but feel a little sadness for them because of what they are missing. Referencing back to Matthew, I think it's apparent to most people of the world that this Church bears good fruit. And I firmly believe it is because God has once again restored His church on earth through Joseph Smith. Our fruits bear witness that we are planted in the fullest knowledge of the Gospel available today and flourish so that the world may know. I'm so grateful that I was given the opportunity to receive inspiration to pursue the Church. It has changed my life forever.

How I live my faith

I live my faith every day. Too often do people believe faith is lived through the church through callings, hometeaching, and church service. And, as important as these are, I try to live my faith by being the best I can be for others particularly those not in the church. This doesn't mean that I attempt to convert everyone I meet by shoving my beliefs down their throat. But instead I just try to live for others. I realized that I'm always happiest in life when I live for others. To help those that are in need over my own struggles.

What is faith?

John
Faith is an action word founded and spurred upon by the concept of hope. Without hope we can't have faith and without faith there is no hope. Hope is defined as a verb "to desire with expectation of obtainment." And what we desire to obtain is to ultimately go back to heaven and live with our Father. With our hope we develop our faith that our hopes will be fulfilled. Our faith and hope grow together and continually because the Lord is one that stands by all his promises. Our faith is that our hope to return to Christ is not a hope in vain, that we know we will return to the Lord once again. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

John
We don't have a paid clergy because we believe that those people who feel the necessity of money for their time to do the Lord's work is not in the true spirit of the Lord. Jesus came to earth, spread the Gospel, and atoned for our sins out of pure love and charity. Why shouldn't clergy also have this same love and charity when spreading the Gospel? Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

John
We believe the Holy Ghost is a member of the Godhead, a personage without a body that speaks directly to our souls. When we came to earth there was a veil placed over our memories that prevented us from remembering our existence with God before we were born. However, our souls were not given this veil and because of this the Holy Ghost speaks directly to our souls to give us revelation, answers, and confirmation of the truth. This is all possible because the Holy Ghost does not have a body. It is capable of living with us always and constantly giving us guidance as long as we live in faith to the Lord, Jesus Christ, be baptized by immersion and maintain our covenants. The feeling of the Holy Ghost showing influence in our lives is characterized as a "burning in the bosom" and no, that's not heartburn. It may be a different feeling for everyone but for all it provides a feeling of calmness and assurance that what we heard or think is true. Our Heavenly Father teaches a gospel of peace, not turbulence, and we can always be assured that the Holy Ghost is in our lives when we are at peace. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

John
I believe the family is something that can never by taken away. Unlike other animals on this earth, that don't observably carry a particular affinity to the ones that reared them, the Lord has made human families undeniably unique. The family is an opportunity for us to experience the things we will be facing later on in our spiritual journey. Just as our Heavenly Father is raising us as his children our parents also raise us as children to become the best people we can become. Sadly, Satan has taken particular troubles to ensuring the destruction of the family. Because he knows how valuable the presence of family really is. However, through the help of the Lord all things are possible and all families may once again find peace and joy. By the blessings of the priesthood and the restoration of the gospel I am grateful to know that my family can be together into the eternities. I cannot imagine a heaven where my mother and father are not my parents. I am thankful for the mercies of the Lord and the many blessings he has given us, especially the family. Show more Show less