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Hi I'm Jeremy

I run really fast when I have to and enjoy chocolate chip cookies. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a commercial real estate appraiser and I'm in the Army Reserves. I'm married and the proud father of two daughters with Down Syndrome. I enjoy camping and playing golf, softball, basketball, and mountain biking. I love to serve others and strive to be a good husband and father. I have a strong testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I grew up Baptist but didn't really attend church on a regular basis. I started reading the Book of Mormon while stationed at Fort Stewart, Georgia in 1998. It was during those hot, humid days of summer that I truly was converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ. I was curious about the book because of a beautiful girl that I started caring about very deeply. And so, after many discussions with the missionaries and during a 14-month trip to South Korea, I took upon myself the name of the Lord and was baptized. Shortly after returning home, I married that beautiful girl for time and all eternity in the House of the Lord.

Why I am a Mormon

Mormon is actually just an easy way to refer to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. It would be more appropriate to call Mormons christians or even saints, but the world has its way of labeling people out of convenience. That aside, I'm a Mormon because the Holy Ghost testifies of the truthfulness of the church to me. The Lord himself gave the church its name, and I know the church is true because of the things I have read and how it makes me feel. When you hear the truth and you feel at peace and have a desire to learn more about God, that to me is the Holy Ghost letting you know that it is right. When I hear the scriptures and read the word of God, I know with a surety it is true. Living by the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ is not a strict set of rules meant to keep you from having fun. It is meant to protect you just as a parent protects his/her child. It is meant to guide you and direct you in the right direction just as a parent should guide and direct his/her child. Living according to the principles and commandments of the gospel does not hold me down. It actually does just the opposite. It gives me the freedom to make the right choices on my own, which makes me even more happy and desirous please my Father in heaven. The gospel of Jesus Christ brings me joy, hope, peace, and happiness. Not temporary joy that fades away over time, but the kind of joy that lasts forever. I know that I would not have true joy without the gospel of Jesus Christ. Our church answers questions that others do not and sheds more light on the doctine and principles of the Savior, Jesus Christ. I'm truly grateful for the Holy Bible and all that it does for mankind, but there is a second testament of Jesus Christ known as the Book of Mormon that clarifies some plain and simple truths that compliment the Bible. I know why I'm here, where I came from, and where I am going. I know that I will be resurrected and live for eternity with my family.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by the way I think, talk, and act. I try not to participate in activities that will take the Holy Ghost away from me. If I'm doing something I know to be wrong or in a place I shouldn't be, the Spirit of God will not be with me. I work with the young men in our ward (or church). I want to inspire them to make the right decisions and to have faith in the Lord. I also want them to learn about the gospel of Jesus Christ and have a desire to serve Him. I'm grateful for the service I perform for others because I know it will bless me, my family, and the community.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Jeremy
Pray to God (Heavenly Father) in the name of Jesus Christ if it is true. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Jeremy
The atonement allows us to return to God's presence in heaven. Without it, we would not be resurrected and have eternal life. It consists of a two-part sacrifice that was performed by Jesus Christ in behalf of the human family for our salvation. The first part of the atonement was Christ's suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane and the second part was His dying on the cross. His suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane caused him to bleed from every pore, as he took upon himself every pain and sorrow we could ever experience. The sacrifice was complete when he died on the cross. In this way, He atoned for our sins and that's why we call it the atonement. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Jeremy
They will talk to you about the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ. They will talk about faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, repentance, baptism, and the gift of the Holy Ghost. They will share a message about the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ in the latter days. We call it the restoration because the church of Jesus Christ was restored in the early 1800's. This means that we have the authority to act and perform lifesaving ordinances in the name of Jesus Christ. This authority is called the priesthood, and it was restored to the earth by John the Baptist and Peter, James, and John. It was given to Joseph Smith and other faithful members of the church to prepare for the return of Jesus Christ and to perform these ordinances. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Jeremy
The Book of Mormon is a record of people in the Americas before Christ was born as well as after his resurrection. It is a record of people who travelled from Jerusalem to the Americas before Christ was born. They are called Nephites and Lamanites and are the ancestors of the Native Americans. It talks about the signs of Christ's birth, life, and death. It mentions the Holy Bible as the stick of Judah and the Book of Mormon as the stick of Ephraim, and how they would eventually be joined together to confirm the testament of Jesus Christ and confound false doctrines. It also foretells of Columbus' discovery of the Americas and the Revolutionary War. Christ visited the Americas after his resurrection and taught people the principles of the gospel and set up his church. He performed miracles and taught them about blessing the sacrament and baptism. It finishes with the account of Moroni, who buried the record in the ground because the people had become so corrupt. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Jeremy
No. Although he was an important church leader, we do not consider him to be our Savior or anything like that. He is similar to prophets in the Old Testament such as Abraham and Moses. Show more Show less