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Hi I'm John Wayne

I aced Calculus 2 as a freshman in college. I'll eat anything. I'm learning Vietnamese. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I graduated from high school at age 17 and went straight into college as a sophomore. I worked hard to get good grades, and after the homework was done I enjoyed watching movies with friends or taking a nap. I love playing card games, whether a 52-card deck game of President-Scum or Gin Rummy with my family or a round of Yu-Gi-Oh, Pokemon, or Magic: The Gathering with my friends. If all else fails, the Wii is always there to keep my interest. I recently returned from serving a full-time 2 year mission in Houston, Texas.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up as a member of the Church, and as a family we regularly read from the Book of Mormon, knowing that it brings the Spirit of God into our home. One day, when I was 9 years old, we finished the book, reading the promise at the end: "And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you to ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost." My dad explained that when he was serving his mission in Las Vegas, Nevada, he wanted to know by the Holy Ghost that the Book of Mormon was true. So he knelt down and prayed about it. He shared that the feeling that washed over him made him feel light, so light like he was lifting off the ground! He had to open his eyes to make sure he wasn't flying. Given that that was how my dad had received his answer, I knelt down that night and asked Heavenly Father, "Is the Book of Mormon true?" I received a similar feeling of lightness and flight, and knew that God had told me that the Book of Mormon was true, and I knew that I had to follow its precepts. Try it for yourself!

How I live my faith

I used to teach a Sunday School class to younger teenagers. I served as a full-time missionary in the Texas Houston South Mission, preaching the Gospel in the Vietnamese language, offering my time and talents all day, every day. After 2 years, I continue studying the scriptures each day and going to church every Sunday.

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

John Wayne
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are called Mormons because they believe in a book of scripture called the Book of Mormon. The term is really quite a compliment-- Mormon was one of the most amazing people to ever live on the earth! He compiled 1000 years of records into a 531-typewritten page book now called the Book of Mormon-- go figure! He led his country's armies as the commander-in-chief for a time. He had supreme faith in Jesus Christ. He recorded the things that happened in his time in the 3rd-to-last book of the Book of Mormon, also called the Book of Mormon. I encourage you to study his life and work, the aforementioned Book of Mormon. It'll change your life. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

John Wayne
A testimony is a statement of what a person believes or knows to be true. It can be very short and simple "I know that Jesus Christ lives." It can be longer-- the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John in the Bible are in fact the testimonies of these men. My own testimony leans more towards the short and simple side. I know Jesus Christ lives. I know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true. I know that God answers prayers. I know Thomas S. Monson is the prophet of Jesus Christ today. You can gain a testimony too. Let the missionaries over, read the Book of Mormon, and pray to God. That's all there is to it. Show more Show less