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Hi I'm Jonathan R.

I am a musician, I love computers, I love Doctor Who, And I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am 2. I have grown-up in Texas for the first 19 years of my life and I love the culture that Texas has. I'm passionate about life and so many of my friends have I learned to grow from their experiences and their problems and had them help me when I was down or going through a rough time. I love to dance and to mix my own music or remix music that is enjoyable to everyone! I love it when it rains and that fresh air smell it brings but I dislike overcast days. I love to laugh at Life and have truly learned how to roll with the punches!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church and have had a hard time understanding the whole concept of it and it was not till I was 14 that it hit me that this is true. I had studdied it out for myself and had realized that there was more to this that what I had thought. I have then set my self to recognize the wonderful joy that it brings to my life as well as those around me.

How I live my faith

Just getting to know the people there and learn about them for who they are and not what they think of me really opens up my eyes and gives me the ability to see them as Christ sees them. As I serve those around me, I am serving my God as well!

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Jonathan R.
Many people believe that God is a just and fair God. They also believe that Baptism is an Important ordinance to show our worthiness to Him and to be able to enter into His presence. If this so be the case, then those who have not had the opporutunity to hear or partake of His Gospel then they must have a fair and equal chance to partake of the blessings that have been offered to us. Baptism for the dead is when members are baptized in place of the deceased person. Then that person is able to accept or reject the baptism by their own choice. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Jonathan R.
When I was a Full-Time Missionary, I had taken on the responsibility to follow Christ's Teachings. He has commanded us that we are to "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost" We are to spread the Gospel, or the Good News, to all people everywhere. We are also to be examples of the gospel in word and in deed. Peter said we are to "Sanctify the Lord God in your our hearts and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you" 1st Peter 315. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Jonathan R.
For me to have been a Full-Time Missionary, I had to pay to go on a mission. Most people would think that is insane, but it shows our willingness to serve God. We are to pay to the Church and then that exact amount is used to pay for housing, electricity, gas, food, and the materials that we give to all that we meet. Though it is a physical sacrifice, the blessings that come from it are more beneficial to me and to all those that I come in contact with. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Jonathan R.
 No. All men age 19 are encouraged to go on a mission. Those who choose to go on a mission and qualify to the standards set by Our Heavenly Father and are willing to put aside their lives for him may serve. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Jonathan R.
The growth of the Church is attributed to three main things the Missionary work, the Message of the Full Gospel, and A World Wide Church. First is Missionary work. Missionary work is one of the sources where Members of the Church, Missionaries who knock on doors, and the Media I.E. Mormon.org or BYUTV lets people know of the church in the four corners of the earth. Secondly, the Wonderful Message of the Gospel brings much hope, love, and joy in the realizing, thru revelation by the Holy Ghost, of where we came from, why we are here, where we are going, and what does it mean to me. It is a personal experience of realizing what God has in store for you. Lastly, since the church is not only in America, many people on the four corners of the earth are able to hear and accept the message which we bring. Christ had told his disciples to follow his example and do as he did, thus we leave no individual out of this wonderful opportunity to come and see if this is God’s revealed and restored church. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Jonathan R.
Yes we are Christians, and here is why The actual name of the Church is “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints”. Many other denominations are called by the type of people that they are or the person who led them for example Baptists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and Presbyterians. We claim that when in Ephesians 523 where it says that “Christ is the head of the church”, we notice that it has Christ as the one we center our faith on. We are also to have our Savior in the title of our church because Christ said “And how be it my church save it be called in my name? For if a church be called in Moses’ name then it be Moses’ church or if it be called in the name of a man then it be the church of a man but if it be called in my name then it is my church, if it so be that they are built upon my gospel” 3 Nephi 278. Show more Show less

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

Jonathan R.
The reason we are called Mormons is because most churches are also called by the things that make them stand out and appear different. Though we do not resent being called Mormons, and even we call ourselves Mormons, it is not accurate and in harmony with what Christ had established. In Ephesians 523, it says that “the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the Church”. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Jonathan R.
No. He is a prophet, or servant authorized by God, who was a major help to bring the Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ, to a readable state from the reformed Egyptian it was written in to English, and now to over 130 languages. This is why we mention Joseph Smith so often, not because we worship him, but because he has helped bring forth Another Testament of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Jonathan R.
The authority that is needed for baptism has always been important. We know that John the Baptist had the authority to baptize, as mentioned in St. Matthew 2124-26, because Christ knew that authority in the ordinance of baptism was to have it sealed both in earth and in heaven. If authority had not been important, Christ would have either not been baptized, or would have had any normal person baptize him. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Jonathan R.
A testimony is a knowledge that is given to you by the Holy Ghost on things that are true. It takes faith to develop as well as sharing what you know with everyone you know who is lacking in their life and could recieve the joy that you have in your life. Your testimony can be on the foundation of Jesus Christ, the Prophet, families, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, or even there being a Father in Heaven who loves you. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Jonathan R.
Just like the Bible was written by those Apsotles and Prophets who had been set appart by God to do so, there are Prophets that had been led to the American continent and were to have the wisdom of God in their life as well. I do not believe that God is only a God of the European Area but a God over the world, and so he would reveal his Gospel to the followers of the Prophets in the Americas and help them see the blessings of the Gospel. Show more Show less

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Jonathan R.
The scriptures are the word of God spoken through the mouths of the prophets. They are for all people to hearken unto and to follow, even if you are not breaking laws and commandments that God has said. Nephi says, "For I did liken all scriptures unto us, that it might be for our profit and learning"(The Book of Mormon, 1 Nephi 19:23). As you search the scriptures, you will find that more and more knowledge will be unfolded to you and your understanding will increase. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Jonathan R.
With all members paying a set 10% of their income, they are all able to help support the church without being to easy or to hard on many families and their current financial situations. The actual use of tithing for the church that we pay is for the well-being of the church. It goes for the upkeep of the buildings, the purchase and processing of materials, utilities, temples, and the welfare of those people in the area who are in need of support. Show more Show less