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Hi I'm John

I rock the bass and game it up. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love music. I picked up the bass when I was eleven years old and can't put it down. The deep, low tones just sound so cool! It lets me express myself, whether it's rock, jazz, or with an orchestra. I write songs too. I can come up with the music pretty easy, but the words are harder to come by. Sometimes I'll be walking down the street, just thinking, and then something will come to me, so I grab a pen and write it down on my hand or whatever I can grab. I try not to let inspiration slip by. When I hear someone sing a song, or play a tune, I can tell when it comes from their heart, and it affects me in an amazing way. Amazing music gives me chills, like, good chills. I'm a computer nerd too. I love the logic of programming. It's like I have this inner drive to create. I spend hours trying to learn new programming languages and exploring the capabilities of the computer. When I have a program that won't work, and I work really hard and finally fix it, it feels good! I want find a way to combine the nerd and the musician. And I love video games. yep. probably too much. Oh, and remember four-square from elementary school? Well, I'm not bragging or anything, but I play a mean game of four-square. And badmitton.

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized when I was just a kid, and I grew up in Utah, which is the Mormon capital of the world. There wasn't much, if any, opposition to the church. I never had any reason to doubt. I never really did for most of my life. Everyone around me was strong in the church, and I knew they believed it was true. I grew up around the blessings of families who lived the gospel of Jesus Christ families who knew they could be together forever. As far as my own personal conviction of the truthfulness of the Church, all I knew was what I had been taught, and how I had lived. I knew I had a happy family. I knew that if I did what I was told I wouldn't get in trouble. But I also figured out that I could slide idly by, doing the absolute minimum. So I did, for a long time. The key to knowing whether or not the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the one and only true church on the earth today is called the Book of Mormon, and by the end of my teenage years I had nearly no knowledge of what was contained within its pages. Needless to say, I had never read it cover-to-cover. At the end of the Book of Mormon there is a promise, "And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost." I'm a Mormon because I know the Book of Mormon is true. I know Joseph Smith was a true prophet, and that he restored Christ's true church on the earth today. I know that Jesus Christ lives. I know by the power of the Holy Ghost, and so can anyone who really wants to know, like I did. 

How I live my faith

My responsibility in the Church is to teach people about the Savior, so I try to live worthily of that calling. It is a great privilege to be able to help people make changes in their lives that bring them closer to Christ.

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon is a lot like the Bible, because it was written by prophets of God, under the influence of the Holy Ghost. Some examples of Book of Mormon prophets include Nephi, Alma, and Mormon. Mormon had a special job to compile the Book of Mormon from a bunch of records into a small book. Many times he will add an explanation in the middle of a story or even share his own spiritual insights. Show more Show less

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

They will talk about how Jesus Christ has called a prophet to the earth today, and how you can know for yourself by reading from the Book of Mormon and then asking Heavenly Father whether or not the book is true. They will spend time to get to know you, and will try to show you how much the message can bless your lives. They truly care for you, and will try to show that they care by inviting you to make changes in your life to bring you closer to Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

When someone shares their testimony, they are sharing the things they know to be true. The Holy Ghost can tell us if something is true. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

 It is used to support the growth of the Church, building new meetinghouses, temples, and for the support of the needy. The Presidency of the Church prayerfully decides how it is to be spent.  Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

It is a law of health that we follow to take care of our bodies, which are a great gift from God. The Word of Wisdom was revealed to Joseph Smith through revelation. It tells us to not use tobacco, alcohol, coffee, and tea, for starters. Living the Word of Wisdom has blessed my life with better health and extra money in my pocket.  Show more Show less