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Hi I'm George Jennings Jr.

Growing up was Germany, Connecticut, Haiti, Panama, Maryland, ... Triathlon is one of my passions, the "Mormon" Church is another.

About Me

Aging Adventurer - Aspiring Triathlete - Armchair Outdoorsman - into Genealogy - Husband, Father, Citizen and Member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. My 33 years at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico (United States) doing classified computing - programming, system administration, team leading and more, were - interesting - and a "wonderful learning experience" (smiles). So was building the log house in the (Jemez) mountains, so were numerous outdoor survival trips, including to Tiburon island and the slick rock country of southern Utah - I've had a great life (not without its problems though). In the end, nothing beats the simplicity of using my own fitness to get me places. I love run-bike-swim! Current biggest thrill? Running barefoot. It's a joy, and engages that wonderful spring from ball of the foot to hip - unlike wearing the casts we call shoes! Hint: start walking barefoot. My baptism into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints opened so many doors to my personal relationship with God - it is wonderful!

Why I am a Mormon

I wasn't always "Mormon". Raised casual christian, child of the 60's, my path let me to agnosticism, maybe atheism, I didn't care - but then things changed. The spirituality and power of the Book of Mormon, as I read a chapter a night out of curiosity (what could it be about? Gold plates? Angels? Joseph Smith? Polygamy? etc.) it said 2 things: First, I should pray and talk with God; and second, I should get baptized. So, I figured, what was there to lose? I prayed - God answered in a way there was no mistake about - and the path led to baptism. That was February 4, 1978. That was then and this is now - and I know it is true. I love being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ. It helps me come closer to God.

How I live my faith

I tithe. I serve. I go to Church. I work hard at honesty (with some success). At Faith. At Hope. At Charity. At humility. At faithfulness to my wife. At forgiveness. At staying healthy, including avoiding Coffee, Tea, Alcohol, Tobacco. And at repenting when I don't get it right. I read, and love, the scriptures - Bible, Book of Mormon, etc. Favorite book? I adore the Book of Isaiah...and every bit of the Book of Mormon. And - I pray.

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

George Jennings Jr.
Mormon condensed a thousand years of records recorded by the civilization which began when God led a group out of Jerusalem, circa 600 BC. They kept records. Mormon and his son Moroni were among the last survivors of one side of the great genocidal war which extinguished their civilization. Before his death, under command from God, Mormon condensed the more spiritual part of the records, written by many down through the history of his people, and by some of more ancient date - as records where also brought from Jerusalem. The Prophet of the Restoration, Joseph Smith, was led to the condensed records, and given power to translate them into English - as so we in our latter day have obtained the Book of Mormon - Another Testament of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

George Jennings Jr.
First question first: WHAT IS THE GOSPEL? Here it is -- THAT BY COMING TO CHRIST WE CAN BE SAVED. God, Our Heavenly Father, created us first as spirits. God has sent the Gospel many times to the earth, and mankind has turned against it many times. The most important time was when Jesus came. He brought His Priesthood (authority from the Father), founded His Church, declared the Gospel, taught - and died at the hands of the people in charge. As his Apostles and followers were killed and marginalized, the Priesthood or authority to run the Church and perform the ordinances He had declared necessary to come to Him was taken away. For nearly 2000 years, through the dark ages, it simply did not exist. Good men did what they could, and evil men used the structure of organized christian religion for selfish purposes. Finally God, in His wisdom, raised up again a Prophet and restored Priesthood, Keys, Authority and Church. That was done through the Prophet of the Restoration - Joseph Smith. Common name - uncommon results. Just read the Book of Mormon - Another Testament of Jesus Christ, and you'll see. Page 529 might be a good start - or one chapter a day - and wherever you go in it you will find that the work testifies indeed of Him to whom we must come to be saved - Our Lord and God, Jesus Christ. Show more Show less