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Hi I'm JD

Husband. Father. Accountant. Mormon.

About Me

I live in Utah and I love it here. We are surrounded by God's beautiful creations. I enjoy outdoor activities like hiking and camping. I'm working on becoming a Certified a Public Accountant. Although I enjoy outdoor activities, I also love to go to the movies and just spend time with friends. I met my wife in 2009. She left on her mission to Argentina in 2009 and we were married in November 2011 in the St. George, Utah temple. I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ and I'm trying to be a little better each day.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are members of the church, so I was raised in the Gospel. I attended church regularly until my late teenage years. In my late teenage years I went through some personal struggles and I eventually needed to contemplate and evaluate my life and what I truly wanted. I wanted to know and accept the truth. I believe that everyone has this desire, to understand and live in accordance with truth. This led me to study the scriptures Old Testament, New Testament, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price. Through studying the scriptures and fervent prayer to my Father in Heaven I came to know for myself, by the power of the Holy Ghost that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the only true and living church on the earth. It is literally the church of Jesus Christ. He stands at the head and directs it's course. This testimony came in large measure because of my testimony of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. Since the Book of Mormon is true, Joseph Smith is the Lord's prophet who restored His Gospel upon the earth in this the final dispensation. Every prophet since Joseph Smith has had the mantle fall upon him and has been entrusted with the Presidency of this church. I've studied the lives and teachings of these Prophets and Presidents and the Holy Spirit has born witness to me that they are called of God. I hope you will see that I have put effort into knowing that this is the right church to belong to. I can also testify to you that the principles and ordinances of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, as taught in their fullness in this church, are true. These principles and ordinances prepare us to one day return to live forever as eternal families with our Heavenly Father, with Christ, and with one another. 

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by following the teachings of the scriptures and following the living Prophet. Prayer is a powerful way to evaluate how we are doing in our daily lives. I try to dedicate and rededicate myself to the Lord's purposes through communing with Him through personal kneeling prayer. I am by no means perfect. I have struggles like everyone else. However, I testify to you that through prayer we can begin to see our own potential. We can become better each day as we honestly evaluate our lives and our relationships with God, with our families, with our fellow man, and with ourselves.

What do Mormons believe about family?

Families can be together forever. Through living the principles and receiving the ordinances of the Gospel and enduring to the end, husbands and wives, with their children can one day return into the presence of God to go no more out, as the scriptures tell us. Our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love us without end. It is their work and their glory to help us all make it back to their presence together, as families. We are all spirit children of the same Heavenly parents, and because of that we are all brothers and sisters. We are here to help one another. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

The ordinances of the Gospel were revealed from the foundation of the earth. Baptism is one of these ordinances. Indeed, baptism is required for entrance into the church and into the Celestial Kingdom. Those people who never have the opportunity to hear of Christ or to accept His Gospel need the same ordinances as you and I do. Everyone has the agency to either accept or reject the proxy baptism performed in their behalf. We perform proxy baptisms in our temples so that everyone may eventually return home to heaven. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

If you study the Book of Mormon with an open heart, praying to your Father in Heaven for a confirmation, he will testify the truth of it unto you by the power of the Holy Ghost. This is the exact course I took and it will work for you too. It works because it's true. Our spirits recognize truth and light. If you struggle in your study of the Book of Mormon, don't worry, just start where you are and get back on track. You can do it! Show more Show less