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Hi I'm Jameson Smith

I eat pizza for breakfast. I come from everywhere and no where in particular, I don't know what else to put here, and I'm a Mormon

About Me

I grew up everywhere, but not most places. I have enjoyed many different walks of life and hope to experience the rest. Swing music is America's greatest contribution to the arts so we should listen to it more. Sometimes I am a skeptical person, but the reality of Jesus Christ as the Saviour and Redeemer of the world is not something I can doubt.   

Why I am a Mormon

In the Church we have life-long members and converts and we often distinguish between the two. Despite that, everyone has to become converted to the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ, and in that sense we are all converts. For me, like anyone else I have had trials and difficulties in life. All have either brought me closer to and taken me away from Christ. My conversion came when I was older. When I was 19. It doesn't take a great experience to be converted. It doesn't take a huge tragedy. You don't even have to be convinced. All you need is a change of heart. That change of heart comes from the spirit. One experience with the spirit redirected my life and my priorities in a moment. I dont have all the answers. Im not a perfect person. But I do have a knowledge now, that Christ Lives. That is certain. I know the God lives. I know He loves us and hasn't left us here in the earth alone. He has called prophets and apostles to guide us. The Church of Christ has been restored. There is no doubt. If you want evidence don't take my word for it or anyone else's alone. Ask God. Do What He Says even if you aren't sure he lives. Try It. That is all it takes and You Will Know.  

How I live my faith

I served as a missionary in the California Fresno Mission. I do my best to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ and I do my best to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I try and grow my faith through the things I do. I repent when I inevitably make mistakes. I try and keep all the promises I have made with God. I seek out the Holy Ghost in every way I can. And I keep pulling through even when times are hard. I like to say my faith is very often tested... but never shaken.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Jameson Smith
Because we worship God, the Father. Think of it. In times past, the servants of God made sacrifices to give glory to God! The giving of sacrifice is a form of worship. In that same sense the giving of our sacrifice, through tithings and offering is a form of worship. In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we give a 10 percent tithing of our increase as commanded by God in the old testament as well as by modern prophets. That money goes solely to the building up of the kingdom of God. That is to say, it is used to build chapels, build temples, fund missionary work, and provide reading materials such as the Book of Mormon and the Bible to the world at no expense. No one is paid for their service in the church. In any religious institution where such tithes or offerings are in part, however big or small, placed into the pockets of the preacher, that sacrifice was made to the preacher and that to me is the giving of worshipful praise to a man other than God. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Jameson Smith
God has said "I the Lord am bound when ye do what I say, but when ye do not what I say, you have no promise." So if we keep Gods commandments we WILL recieve the blessings. Thats an important promise because it allows us to put "mormonism" to the test. In both the Bible and the Book of Mormon, The Lord commands "Prove Me Now Herewith." I think that is the perfect instruction on how to know if this really is His work. As Latter-day Saints or mormons We live a different lifestyle then most. We try and keep our bodies clean by living a command called the Word of Wisdom which was given by God through modern-day prophets. We strive to be pure in mind and heart by remaining sexually pure, and most importantly we do our best EVERY DAY, not just sundays, to do what Christ would have us do and we repent when we don't. Now, anyone who desires to know of mormonism is true need only listen to its message about Christ and put the lifestyle to the test. You will recieve many blessings which will fulfill God's promise and "prove it now herewith" and you will recieve a witness by the Holy Spirit that this is truly God's work.   Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Jameson Smith
 Because they don't understand two things. First, that we believe and treasure our agency. That is to say, we can choose whether to follow God's commandments or not. The fact the we can choose for ourselves whether to heed a prophets voice or not is essential in the plan of God and in and of itself makes us being a cult not very likely. Second, people dont understand the nature of religion. Many people pray only for things they need. They treat God as a butler, as if he were there to meet their every request. Others see religion only as a free support system to help them endure the trials of daily living which trials are often the consequences of bad decisions and nothing more. I think mostly, the general idea among most people is that their religion should suit their lifestyle and their beliefs. I say my lifestyle and my beliefs should suit my God. God is in the work of perfecting souls. We are in the process of becoming our best and most perfect selves. That requires that we do what God says. I believe that God gives me so many commandments and "rules" not to control every aspect of my life, but to allow me to perfect myself. I have found that as I life by his requirements, I am signifigantly happier. I am grateful that much is required of me. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Jameson Smith
The will share with you our message of the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, they will share with you the Plan of Salvation which answers where we came from, why we are here, and what happens after this life. They will explain what "The Gospel" is, and what the commandments of God are. Most importantly, their purpose to help you grow your faith in Christ and your desire to follow him, to help you know how repentance allows you to follow Christ, and to help you to prepare to make your first covenant or promise with God by being baptized and recieving the Gift of the Holy Ghost.  Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Jameson Smith
All men between 19-25 or so have been commanded to prepare themselves to serve a full-time mission for two years. That is a commandment from God. In that respect I would say it definately is a requirement from God. That having been said its not a requirement to be a member. No one is going to force you to go. But you will have the to regret that comes from realizing that you should have been more obedient and that you could have recieved so many blessings and have had an experience you'll never forget.  Show more Show less