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Hi I'm TJ

I'm a regular easy going guy. I'm a golfer, a brother, a son, and Im a Mormon.

About Me

Well, currently, Im serving a mission in St. Louis Missouri. Its a really enjoyable experience so far. Back at home, I like hanging out with family and friends, and I also like to go out and enjoy a round of golf. I come from a family of 4. They are awesome to be with and I love them. When I go back home off my mission, Im planning on studying engineering in school, though Im still deciding between a few of the million engineering fields there are. Some say Im a really cool guy, some say Im pretty bland... but who knows, I just like being myself.

Why I am a Mormon

Im a Mormon because I know the Church holds the fulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Ive been a member my whole life, so I dont know if I have a "conversion story" but I do know that anyone can find out for themselves that this is the only Church on the earth that has the fulness of the Gospel.

How I live my faith

Probably the biggest thing is me being out on a mission. Its because of faith that I am serving. If I didnt know that the Church was true, and if I didnt have faith in my testimony, I wouldnt be out here.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

TJ
Have you ever had a time when you had your own bedroom and you didnt want anyone to come in it? Same idea with the temple. All temples are houses of the Lord, and they are sacred. He only wants certain people to be in his house; those who are keeping the commandments of God, and who are repenting of their sins. Its not that we keep things secret, we just want to keep the sacredness of the ordinances that occur in the temple. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

TJ
Im just an average jo, and not a police officer, so do I have the authority to pull somone over on the road and give them a ticket for speeding? Of course not. So if I do not hold Christ's Priesthood, how could I have the authority to baptize someone, in His name, into the Everlasting Gospel?  Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

TJ
Heavenly Falther sent us to earth so that we could live, be tried, and learn from our experiences. But he loves us dearly, so why would he have us do all of that alone? Thats where the family comes in. We have families so that we have someone to grow with, learn with, and return to Heavenly Father with. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

TJ
All tithing goes towards the building up of church buildings and temples. It also goes towards the printing of the Book of Mormon so that others can receive copies for free. No money goes to any person in the Church. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

TJ
No. Anyone, regardless of race or color, who is willing to take upon them the covenants of baptism, can be baptized.  Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

TJ
 God is the same yesterday, today and forever. If He had 12 apostles in His church before, we definitely need 12 apostles in His church today. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

TJ
A lot of people think that Joseph Smith wrote the Book of Mormon. However, the book was written by prophets that lived in the anctient Americas, between 600 B.C. - 421 AD. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

TJ
I know we say a lot that we are the only church that has the fulness of the Gospel along with the Priesthood keys and the authority to baptize in the name of Christ, but lets think about what baptism really does. It washes away sins that we have committed in our lives. But when people sometimes don't have a knowledge that they are making mistakes, why should they be held accountable? Baptism isnt for numbers its not so that we can celebrate another tally on the board. Its for people who really want a fresh start in life. They know the commandments of God and desire to follow them and be the best they can be. And by being baptized, they are showing Heavenly Father that they know what they need to do, and they are physically committing themselves to actually doing those things that Heavenly Father and his prophets tell us to do.   Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

TJ
 The Lord. Show more Show less