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Hi I'm Jon

I can Death Growl and I'm a Mormon

About Me

I grew up in a small town in South Carolina and most of my friends were from other faiths. I had the opprotunity to learn so much from them and for all of us to share our beliefs with each other and truly recognize that we are all brothers and sisters in Christ. I moved to another small town, right before I graduated; but this time it was in Northern Arizona. I loved both places that I lived and met amazing people that believed what I did and some things different. Im now serving a two-year mission for the Church in Michigan and I love every minute of it. I am able to see the hand of the Lord in each and every day. He truly does care about each and every one of us and is engaged in our day to day lives. I love being able to follow Christ's example and serve the people in Michigan as He would. I love listening to and learning about music. I listen to everything from folk and indie to melodic metal, post-hardcore and mathcore. I love it when people can talk with me about any kind of music and truly appreciate what they like. I look for depth and complexity in everything, from melodies and harmonies to key and time-signature changes; intricate solo's and beautifully simplistic hooks. I love music and I love learning more about it. I want to use my love for music as medium to relate to people and share who I am through music. And the Gospel of Jesus Christ is a huge part of who I am.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church, but I definitely have had to find my own testimony of it truthfulness. I was the only member in my high school and had to stand up for what I believed and learn what it was, in detail, that we did believe. My faith really became my lifestyle when I was asked to be a missionary in the small area I lived in at the time. As I went out and taught, served, and really loved the people that we worked with; I felt the Savior's love through me and touching the lives of those people. I knew that I was a part of The Kingdom of God and that this church is a menifestation of that Kingdom here on the Earth, just as the early church in the days of the apostles was in the New Testament. I truly love this Gospel and am influenced and blessed by the Lord every day.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by serving a mission for the Church in Michigan. I strive as hard as I can to understand and know what I believe and not merely obey a bunch of rules. I've learned how God's commandments are a sign of His love for us and as I strive to live the laws He has given, I have felt it bless my life immensely. I share the things I believe in an attempt to better people's lives. I want them to have everything that I have been given and more.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Jon
Because money brings another dimension to religion that we want as little to do with as possible. We dont want to be as the Saints that Paul prophesied of in Timothy 4:3 that heap to themselves preachers because they have itching ears. The saints should never feel like clients that are paying to hear what they want to hear. How succsesful would Noah or Elijah have been under such an institution? Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Jon
Because that is what Christ asked His disciples to do and that is what we deign to be. Disciples of Christ. We want to follow his example and part of that is his open ministry. Not arguing doctrines or tearing down others, but spreading the message of love and hope as our Savior did before us. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Jon
Nope. We help everyone we possibly can. Unfortunately there are some members of our church that merely don't have many people in their social circles that are of other faiths. But we truly do feel as though we are brothers and sisters in Christ with all those in the world. We are all children of God and we all need help once in a while. 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?

Jon
Nope. We are all God's children, made in his image and are all equal in His eyes. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Jon
 Not in the slightest. The Church supports and embraces freedom, and different people interpret freedom differently, and the Church respects that. There are a few instances in Church history when the Church counsels for or against specific issues. The only time the Church does this is to help protect the freedom of people everywhere to worship as they choose. I have family members and friends that are staunch supporters of multiple political parties that are faithful members of the Church. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Jon
No. Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and a great man, but he did nothing but point us to the Savior. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Jon
 Pray about it. Your friends can share what they believe and the missionaries can help teach you what we believe, but none of that means anything until you know what is true for yourself. The Holy Ghost is the real teacher and he will help you learn what is right on your own. The Lord will answer your questions and help you find the truth. Show more Show less