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Hi I'm John

I'm a college student. I'm an Eagle Scout. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the 5th of 6 boys in my family. I grew up in a good home with parents that love me. My hobbies are camping, four-wheeling, hunting, swimming, and just spending time with the family. I was in scouts my whole life and was slowly making my way to an eagle. After high school I worked in a plant that makes plastic bags for about a year and a half. I then spent two years teaching about the church, in Eastern Pennsylvania and southern Delaware. I am now working part-time and going to college full-time.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because of The Book of Mormon. There is no way someone can read this book and apply what it says, praying to God for understanding, and not come out a better person at the end. While reading it I found the story of Alma and some of those he taught that were converted to the gospel. These people were persecuted and some were either stoned or burned, but none of them denied their faith. Their faith in the Lord made me want that for myself, and as I read the story it hit me that this isn’t just a story. These people existed and they really did give their life for something they came to believe in only recently. God answers prayers, I know because He answered mine. Another reason is the stress they put on the importance of families, and keeping them together. I love my family very much and I want my future family to have good morals. I know that this church teaches them that and to do what God asks of us as his children so that we can live with him again. We also know that Families can be together forever, I love that because I never want to lose my family. The blessing of knowing that I can have them in the eternities gives me peace in life.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to do everything I can to be more like our savior. As I read and pray about the scriptures I learn more about him and his gospel. Also, I live my faith by serving those around me. As a youth, I was the president, or counselor to the president, in a few youth organizations where we participated in scouting events and learned of the doctrine of Christ. As a young man I became an advisor to one of these groups and on Sundays I taught lessons to them about gospel doctrines and principles. As a young man of age 19, I was called by God Through a living prophet to serve as a full-time missionary. This is where between us and our family we support ourselves for two years and go out teaching what we believe to others and inviting them to pray and to know the things we teach are true.

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

John
Church is where we worship God and renew our baptismal commitments through partaking of the sacrament, this is also where we learn more and increase our understanding. The temple is where we go to make more covenants with God and participate in ordinances that are vital to our salvation. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

John
It was a commandment from God for a very short time. Now it is against church policy to do so. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

John
We believe the bible to be the word of God. It contains the gospel of Jesus Christ, and his life, ministry, atonement and resurrection. We read and love the bible along with The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. With these two working hand in hand we can come to a more sure understanding of Christ, Our Savior, and all he has done for us. Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

John
Meet with missionaries. They will teach you about what we believe and ask you to do things to find out if its true such as read The Book of Mormon, pray and ask if what they share is true, come to church and worship with us. Once you are ready to be a member you will be baptized by someone holding the priesthood. Afterwards you will be confirmed a member and blessed to receive the Holy Ghost. If you have questions or are interested go to http//mormon.org/missionaries/ to request missionaries that can answer your questions. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

John
The Priesthood is the authority to act in God's name for the Salvation of his children. That means we can do ordinances such as baptism with God's authority. So that these things last not only in this life but in the next. Show more Show less