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Hi I'm John O

I've never been accused of taking myself too seriously. I'm a bit of a nerd. I'm a regular guy. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Well, in 1500 characters or less, I'm just an average guy. I love music, and movies, and books. I was born and bred to be a giant Trekkie (not Trekker). Although I do like Star Wars as well, I'm pretty much positive that Captain Kirk would beat Han Solo in a fist fight. I've got the worlds greatest family, we have such a blast together. We do crazy stuff, like dress up and go to movies. We sword fight in the back yard. We wander around the house singing at the top of our lungs. I love them and I don't know what I'd do without them. I'm a very social person. When someone asks me what my hobbies are, I feel wierd saying that I like hanging out with friends, but that's about all I spend my free time doing, and that's all hobbies are, right? I was pretty into theatre in High School, and loved it. I was also into Improv. I'm vain, and I like trying to be funny, so these pastimes allowed me to feed that pride monster a little bit, without driving anyone too crazy. I hope. Right now, I'm serving as a full time missionary in the Texas Fort Worth Mission. I've been here a little while now, and I can honestly say I LOVE it. Sure it's really hot, and OF COURSE sometimes people are mean. It's not easy, but then, nothing in this life worth doing ever is. Right?

Why I am a Mormon

I guess, I'm a Mormon for a lot of different reasons. For one, I was raised in it. I've gone to primary, and sang the songs, for as long as I can remember. There's never really been a time in my life that I wasn't involved in the Church in SOME way. But more importantly, I'm a Mormon because I believe that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is exactly what it's title says it is The Church of Jesus Christ. It's His church. I want to follow Him, therefore, I'm a member of His church.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to do service for people. Now, I SAY service, and you think of raking lawns, and helping little old ladies across the street. I wish I was that guy, and I try to be, but I'm usually not. I think that when you're having a lousy day, the greatest act of service someone can render is to just not be a jerk. I try to keep a smile on my face, I try to be nice to people, so IF someone I encounter happens to be having one of those lousy days, at least they don't look at me as a contributing factor. I try to live my faith in such a way that if someone is trying to think of Mormons that they've met, they think "John O, he was a Mormon right? He was an alright guy." That's not always gonna be the case, but what can ya do?

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

John O
Well, we believe in Jesus Christ, right? Why would we not believe in a book whose sole purpose is to inspire faith in him? I LOVE the Bible. I read it everyday, along with my Book of Mormon, because as previously mentioned, I believe in Jesus Christ, and the Book of Mormon testifies of him. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

John O
To quote Elder Boyd K. Packer, pornography is a "plague of biblical proportions". We can't gather mobs together and burn down the buildings where it's being produced because, not only is Pornography such an enormous industry that there's really no way to take it out in one fell swoop, but also because that's not how Jesus Christ would handle it. However, there ARE things that we can do as ordinary Christian Citizens. First off, we can stop supporting it! We can encourage others to stop supporting it. If the state is considering passing a bill that will ban it, then we can get in our car and drive to the courthouse and vote for it to pass! The forces of evil aren't slowing down any, we can't afford to either. "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

John O
I think that the only confusion regarding the Christianity of the LDS Church is that many people, and many churches for that matter, have forgotten, or changed what the meaning of the word "Christian" really is. If by "Christian" you mean someone who worships Jesus Christ, believes that he was the Son of God, believes that he suffered and died on the cross for our sins, that he was Resurrected and lives today, then YES, 100 percent, we are Christians! On the other hand, if by Christian, you mean someone that worships Books, Creeds, and Doctrines developed LONG after the death of Christ's original apostles, ideas that didn't even EXIST when Christ was teaching his Gospel in it's pure, simple, original form, the way he intended it to be, then I, for one, will respectfully decline from being categorized as that particular variety of christianity. Some people may say otherwise, but Jesus Christ knows that Mormons are Christian. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

John O
There are so many things that testify to me personally that there is a God. I've seen miracles happen in my life and in the lives of others, I'm totally blown away by the complexity of the human body and the world we live in, and the fact that some claim that it all happened my chance totally baffles me. But for me, one of the greatest tesataments that there is a God is this drive that we have as humans to create. As creatures, it's understandable that we seek shelter, and food, and companionship. These are our basic instincts, and if we only had those, it might be difficult to separate us from the rest of the animal kingdom. But we all have an instinct that is an attribute of our Father in heaven. The instinct that leads us to create. We paint, we write, we compose, we carve, we shape and mold, we create things that weren't there before. To me, Art is one of the greatest testaments that we are offspring of a divine Creator. Art doesn't make sense. Oil on a canvas, sounds strung together to create a symphony, people in costumes on stage, if you sit back and look at it, it seems ridiculous. But we see beauty around us, given to us BY our Father, and we want to create beauty as well. He creates. We create. Everytime I experience a piece of art, whether it's a painting, or sculpture, or maybe something we don't usually classify as art, like an old movie, or a song on the radio, I think "An animal couldn't have created that. There must be a God, and we must be his children." Show more Show less