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Hi I'm Jorel

I grew up in the state Georgia. Im an Eagle Scout. I love comedy. I like to draw and play video games. Im a Mormon.

About Me

Im 21 years old. I was born and raised in the church. My parents also. My grandma on my Dads side is a convert. The rest of my family history can be traced back to the early days of the church. I have recently completed serving a mission for the church in the great Nevada Las Vegas West Mission. I am now trying to get my life back in order. Im planning to attend UTI Universal Technical Institute and start a career in the automotive industry once I get enough money to pay for tuition costs.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church, however during my teen years I started to question my faith. I had to know for myself if it was true. Everyone around me was telling me they knew it was true but I didnt know. Our leaders challenged us to read The Book of Mormon. They set up a time frame for us over the space of 2 months that told us what days to read what. If we could only spend about 20-30 minutes a day reading we would be able to finnish by the time they wanted us to. I read it within the time frame even though I got a late start. I came to the last chapter Moroni 10. He talks about how we can know if what The Book of Mormon says is ture. Infact he challenges us to find out for ourselves. He says we need to pray and "ask God in the name of Christ if it is true, and if we ask with a scincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ he will manifest the truth of it unto us by the power of the Holy Ghost" So me being in the position I was I decided to pray and ask. I did recieve an answer. After I prayed a good feeling came over me, a calm peaceful feeling, a feeling of joy. This was my answer and I knew it was true. I didnt have God and Jesus Christ appear to me like they did to Joseph Smith, but the Holy Ghost made it known to me. In closing I leave you my testimony that I know this church is true, I know The Book of Mormon is the word of God and that Joseph Smith, its translater, was a prophet of God. I know he saw God and Jesus Christ on that day in the spring of 1820. I know that Jesus is The Christ and that he suffered the price for our sins. I know that Thomas S. Monson is his prophet on the earth today and I say that in the name of Jesus Christ Amen.

How I live my faith

I follow what Ive been taught. Obey the commandments, read the scriptures, attend church, repent, pray, and share it with others.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Jorel
No. Whenever a natural disaster happens the church is the first to respond and send aid to the effected area. The biggest example was after hurricane katrina devestated New Orleans. We also help others struggling through these hard economic times. Originally the funds go to members first and any left over can be used to help anyone else. The Bishop (leader of a congregation) holds the jurisdiction over who recieves help. Sadly he often dosent have resources to help everyone but thats where the other members come in. We learn in the Book of Mormon that "when we are in the service of our fellow men we are only in the service of our God," which is backed up by the Bible, Jesus said "inasmuch as ye have done it unto the least of these thy bretheren, ye have done it unto me." Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Jorel
The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ. In the Bible we find the Old Testament, and the New Testament which testify of Christ. The Book of Mormon tells us of other things that Christ did. He led a family from Jerusalem through the wilderness to the sea and then commanded them to build a boat which they used to sail to the promised land or now the American continent this happened around the time of Jeremiah, the prophet in the Bible and King Zedekiah in Jerusalem. It tells of their history in the Americas and most importantly a visit from Jesus after he was ressurected and ascended into heaven. It covers roughly a 1000 year period. 600 BC-421 AD. It also includes a record of another people who came well before this. About 2200 BC shortly after the Tower of Babel. The people in the Book of Mormon were who we now call the Incas, Aztecs, and Myans. They are the ancestors of the Native American Indians. The Incas, Aztecs, and Myans write about a great white God that visited them, they call him Quetzalcoalt. They also write about how he will come again someday. This is Jesus Christ. A prophet named Mormon gathered together all these records and abridged them. He wrote them on gold plates and gave them to his son Moroni to bury. Moroni later appeared as a ressurected being or an angel to Joseph Smith and led him to where these plates were buried. Through the power of God, Joseph Smith translated this record and it is now known as the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Jorel
Baptism is an essential ordinance for salvation. Without it we cannot be saved. There are people who have died without the opportunity to be baptized and people who never had the opportunity to hear about Jesus Christ before they died. Baptism for the dead gives them the opportunity to accept Jesus Christ and be saved in the next life. They however have their agency (abillity to chose), to accept or reject this ordinance. When Paul wrote his epistle to the Corinthians and mentions baptism for the dead, (1 Corinthians 15) he speaks to them because they had changed some of their beliefs about it. Baptism by immersion is symbolic of the death and ressurection. The church in Corinth stopped beliving in a ressurection (this is Jewish doctrine). Paul testifies of the ressurection and ties it in with other things they practiced. In other words hes saying "Then why are you baptizing for the dead, if the dead arent going to rise again, why are you still baptizing for the dead?" Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Jorel
We call this Tithing. In Malichi, the last book of the old testament, It says "Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings." "Bring Ye all the tithes in to the storehouse..." God made everything and gives us everything, therefore everything is really Gods. Tithing is giving back to the Lord. Its like saying thank you. Let me make a visual here. If you were to buy your younger brother/sister, or son/daughter a candy bar with your own money out of the goodness of your heart, but then you wanted just a tiny piece of it and they said "No," and proceded to eat it all themselves how would you feel. You gave them the candy bar but just wanted a tiny piece of it for yourself. Its the same way when we dont give back to the Lord. He blesses us but we dont thank him for our blessing, do you think he'll want to bless us again anytime soon? Would you buy them a candy bar again anytime soon? All that God wants is 10, all you wanted was a tiny piece. We can still have our 90, they still could have had most of the candy bar. The money we pay to tithing goes to help build and maintain church buildings and temples, the church welfare program, support missionaries, and other such things. The money does not help to pay anyones salary in the church. No one in the church is paid to do what they do.   Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Jorel
No. Joseph Smith was the prophet who restored the church in these last days, but whos church did he restore? Christs church. We worship God the Father and his son Jesus Christ. We hold Joseph Smith in high respect, but we dont worship him. Show more Show less

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

Jorel
Yes. We use the King James version of the Bible because we believe it to be the most pure form. The books in the Bible were written in several different languages. Hebrew, Greek, and maybe some egyptian from the books of Moses. These writings were translated into Latin by the early Catholic church. From Latin to German centuries later, and finally into Old English when King James commanded that the writings be compiled into a book. The Bible has been through many translations already. If you were to read the King James version side by side with a newer version you will see that some parts have been changed or left out. I dont doubt this happend during the first translation from Hebrew and Greek into Latin. I believe there have been parts lost and changed in the King James version, but we do believe it to be the most correct form of the Bible. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Jorel
The First Vision is what Joseph Smith saw as a young boy. He saw God the Father and his son Jesus Christ. He was praying in a grove of trees about which church he should join and he recorded what happened later in his own words. He wrote: I saw a pillar of light, exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me, when the light rested upon me I saw two personages, whos brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air, one of them spake unto me calling me by name and said pointing to the other, "this is my beloved son, hear him." God and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith and told him not to join any of the churchs because they were all wrong "they draw near unto me with their lips but their hearts are far from me." They also told him that the true gospel was about to be restored and that he would be the one to restore it. It was the first vision of the last dispensation. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Jorel
Christians are defined by their faith in Christ. During the time of Christ and his Apostles the Romans and Jews called people who believed in Christ christians. The first part of the word christian is Christ, signifying these people believe in Christ. We do believe in Christ. The official name of our church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints so we are christians. The name Jesus Christ in our title says whos church it is. This is Christs church. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Jorel
We use or temples for a number of things. 1 Baptism for the dead. 2 Endowments for the living and the dead We cannot go into detail about this ordinance because its so sacred, but what basically hapens is we make certain covenants or two way promises with God. 3 The sealing together of families living and dead. 4 Marriage between a man and a woman. In the temple we perform ordinances for the living and the dead. Once we have had the ordinances done for ourselves, we are at the proper age to enter the temple, and if we are worthy, we can then perform ordinances for the dead. This is why the church is so big into geneology or family history. Show more Show less

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

Jorel
At certain times the Lord has commanded his people to practice polygamy. In the Bible we find that Abraham, Issac, Jacob, Moses, and others were commanded to practice polygamy. This commandment was not recieved with enthusiasm even in Joseph Smiths time, but like anything God tells us to do we should do it. However not just anyone could chose to practice polygamy. They were selected by God through revelation to his prophet. The church banned the practice in 1889 due to a law passeed by congress and anyone who contiuned to practice would be excommunicated. There are people who do practice still today that claim to be mormons however they are not part of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Their religion branched off of ours in the early days of the church. Like the Protestants broke off from the Catholics for example. Show more Show less