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Hi I'm Jared

I'm a nerd, I'm a musician, I'm a missionary, and I'm a Mormon

About Me

My name is Jared. I grew up my whole life in Utah in a regular Mormon/Utah home. I am also a nerd. I love all things nerdy. I love learning and finding out new things. I love history and science. I also play the flute and piccolo. I have been playing them for six years and I have played my middle school and high school bands. I'm not the greatest, but I love music. Especially classical music. I served a two year mission in the Michigan Lansing Mission from 2010 to 2012. I am a currently an architecture student at Salt Lake Community College in Taylorsville, UT.

Why I am a Mormon

Because I know it's true. Even though I was raised in the church my whole life, I didn't always know that it was true. For a long time, I just relied on the testimonies of my parents and friends to get me through. Eventually, I got to the point, because of the things that I had learned about other faiths and about science, that I was confused about what the truth really was and I didn't know where to turn. So I turned to God. At a critical point in my life, when I really needed and wanted to know the truth, I said a simple prayer. I asked my Heavenly Father, if He was there at all, to show me the way I needed to go. At that moment I received a powerful, personal witness that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was God's true church and that it was exactly where I needed to be. But what I had received was only a confirmation of what I already knew. What I knew was that the church was true and that the Book of Mormon was just what it claimed to be. Since then I have had many more experiences which have confirmed my faith and have strengthened my testimony. I know these things true. I know them without a shadow of a doubt in my mind.

How I live my faith

 I live my faith every second of everyday. I live the standards of the gospel, in my actions, words, and thoughts. I an example in my community. I go about doing good and giving service to those I can help. I also serve in any capacity that I am called in the church. I am also currently serving a mission, which is one big way I live my faith.

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Jared
The missionaries are funded by money they have saved up for their mission, as well as financal aid from family, neighbors, and friends Show more Show less

Can husband and wife be together forever? Do you believe that families will live together in heaven?

Jared
 Yes!!!! They can! In the New Testament, Jesus gave the apostles the authority that "whatsoever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven." That same authority is on the earth and it allows us to, in the temples, bind together a husband and wife in holy matrimony, both on earth, as well as in heaven. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Jared
The Book of Mormon is the writings of God's prophets on the American continents. The records of these prophets were copied and abridged by a prophet-historian named Mormon, from whom the Book of Mormon gets its name. This record made by Mormon was engraved on plates made out of Gold. These plates were hid by Mormon's son Moroni. Many years later, Joseph Smith was led by God to find the plates, and translated the writing on the plates by the power of God. The Book of Mormon is a volume of scripture prepared by God through prophets to be a witness that we can study and ponder. It witnesses that Christ's true church has been restored to the earth and that there are prophets once more on the earth. Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Jared
To become a member of the church, all you have to do is meet with the missionaries in the area where you live where they will teach you the things that you need to know. Then, you need to have faith in Christ, repent of your sins, live the commandments given by God, be baptized by someone holding the authority to do so and under the direction of someone who has authority, and then be confirmed, a ordinance that bestows the gift of the Holy Ghost as well as confirming you a member of the Church. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Jared
An unpaid clergy is one of the most beautiful things about the Mormon church. While we have a priesthood, it is not about prestige and honor, but about service and love. We are expected to help each other reach higher, and not gain glory and wealth through church service. The Savior commanded his disciples to "be ye one, even as my Father and I are one." By serving and teaching each other, we fulfill that commandment by coming together in faith and knowledge. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Jared
We do believe that the Bible is the word of God. We also believe that there have been many mistakes in the Bible, both in translation as well as in transcription. We also believe that the Bible is not a complete listing of all scripture, and that there has been, there is, and there will be more scripture. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Jared
The Word of Wisdom is a law of health revealed to Joseph Smith. The most well known parts of the Word of Wisdom are the prohibitions in it. These include tobacco products, alcohol, tea, coffee, and illegal drugs. But it isn't just of "thou shalt not"s, but it also encourages members to eat plenty of grains, fruits, herbs and vegetables, as well as encouraging people to eat meat sparingly. It is interesting to note that since the time that the commandment was given in 1833, modern science has backed up the guidelines given in the Word of Wisdom. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Jared
The First Vision was the first vision given to man following the beginning of the great apostacy, when the priesthood authority of God was lost following the days of Christ. It was when Joseph Smith prayed to know the truth, and was visited by Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. It was the first vision of the restoration.  Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Jared
The purpose of life is three fold. First, we are here on earth to get material bodies which allow us to progress. Second, we are here to be tried and tested to see if we will follow God's commands. Third, we are here to learn and to grow. We are here to experience sorrow, pain, sin, and death, so that we can appreciate happiness, comfort, righteous, and life. We are also here to learn as much as we can. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Jared
No. No one is required to serve a mission. It is considered a duty of every young man and is highly encouraged for young women, but no sort of penalty is exacted on those who do not and there is no special reward given to those who do, except perhaps blessings from Heaven.  Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Jared
 Wards and Branchs are the most basic unit in the church. A branch is a small congregation of members that live close together and woship together and help each other. A ward functions just like a Branch, but there are more people in a ward than there are in a branch. A stake is a group of wards and/or branchs that are close together, and are organized into a larger group to help meet the needs of the members. Show more Show less

Where did Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begin?

Jared
The "Mormon" church began with Adam, as he was instructed by God and angels after being cast out of the garden of Eden. Because of the wickedness of the people, the higher law given to Adam was replace by the lower law given through Moses. Later, Christ fulfilled the law of Moses and once again established the higher law and church on the earth. Once again because of wickedness, the higher law, the priesthood and church were lost for over a thousand years after the death of Christ and the Apostles. But the Church has once again been restored by Joseph Smith in the 1830's in New York and Ohio. The church on the earth traces its history back to that point, but the church is the same one set up in the day of Adam and when Christ himself established his church on the Earth.  Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Jared
The authority to baptize is important because baptism is so much more than just an act of faith or a witness of our desire to follow Christ. Baptism is a covenant we make to follow Christ and to live by the commandments that he has set forth. It is also an ordinance necessary for exaltation, and without the authority behind it, the act is not binding on earth and in heaven. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Jared
Yes. What a silly question. The name of the church is "The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter Day Saints." The Book of Mormon is "Another Testament of JESUS CHRIST." We believe that is only through the suffering and grace of Christ that all mankind may be saved. We believe that Christ is the Only name given under heaven wherein man may be saved. We also believe in being CHRISTLIKE, and doing unto all mankind as Christ would have treated them. We try and follow Chist in all things we do. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Jared
Our Faith in Christ can be increased by following his commanments, such as reading scripture daily, praying often, going to Church, and giving service to others among many other things. It can also be increased by sharing with others your testimony and faith building experiences, as well as listening to them share theirs. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Jared
 Only some Mormons are allowed to go to temples for two reasons. First, temples are very holy, sacred places, and only those who are clean and who are penitent are allowed to enter the temple. Second, in the temple, members who go there make very powerful, sacred covenants with God. Only those who are considered likely to keep those covenants are given permission to enter, in order to protect those who would struggle with breaking the serious covenants that they would make. There isn't anything secret going on in the temples it is just very serious and very sacred.  Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Jared
In no way, and under no circumstances do we worship Joseph Smith. We worship the Godhead and that is it. We respect and look up to him as a great Prophet and an Apostle of our Savior Jesus Christ, just like anyone would revere men such as Moses, Elijah, Peter or Paul. But we do not worship him in any way. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Jared
Baptism is necessary for all of Gods children who reach the age of accountability, which is eight. It is one of those things, along with Faith, Repentance, and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, which allows us to gain full access to Christ's atonement. It is one of the things that God has commanded all of his children to do in this life, and it has to be done by the proper authority to be binding. It also must be done in the right manner, and part of that means that it is done by immersion. Immersion is a symbol of the death of the old man, and the birth of the new. Baptism is not only an act of faith, but it is also a covenant, where we promise God that we will leave our old man, our man of sin behind, and become a new man in Christ, so that we may receive full forgiveness for our sins, so that we may become perfect and be able to dwell with our Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Jared
The priesthood is God's authority that He gives to men in this world to act in His name. It allows us to run his church, to heal and to serve others and most importantly, it allows us to perform the ordinances nessescary for salvation, such as baptism. The priesthood in that sense is very important, because it helps protect the doctrine of Christ. For if God were to recognize the ordinances performed by others, He would have to recognize their authority. If He recognized their authority, He would have to recognize their church. If He recognized their church He would have to recognize their doctrine as true. And God can not recognize anything that is false as being true, so only that church which teaches only the truth has the priesthood, or the authority from God. That is why the priesthood is given to man, and it can only be found in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Jared
Families are the basic unit of everything. They are the basic unit through which the church operates and is founded on. It is the basic unit of society as a whole, no matter what society you live in or religion you are. It is the system that our Father in Heaven has established to be the institution where his children are brought into this world and to be our first and greatest school house; where we learn pretty much everything which will be fundamental in shaping the rest of our lives. It is also the basic unit of eternity. Before we came to earth we lived in a family unit as sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father and it is the system that we will be in after this life if we are faithful to the covenants that we can make. The family is the basic unit of everything. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Jared
Faith is the belief in something that we can not know for certain with our natural senses. True faith causes us to act on that belief. While it is true, that faith is not a sure knowledge of something, true faith is not blind faith. True faith is based on past experience. For true faith to exist, there must be something in our past experiences that gives us cause to believe. Just as we can have faith that the sun will rise again the next day, because it has always done so and it has never let us down in the past, so too can we have faith in Christ, because we have experienced His love in the past, and our past experiences have shown us that He will never let us down. We can all gain experience with God, which will allow us to have true faith in Him. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Jared
You can know that Mormonism is true in the same way that we can come to know that anything is true. By conducting an experiment. This experiment is outlined in Moroni 10:3-6. First, you must create a controlled environment. You need to really want to know if it really is true, you need to be willing to accept all of the repercussions of the knowledge you receive, whatever they might be, and you need to believe that if God is there, He will answer your prayer. You can then begin your experiment. You need to study the Book of Mormon and the doctrine. Next, you need to put yourself in position where you can recognize the answer when it comes to you, such as going to church, meeting with the missionaries, and/or living the commandments. Lastly, you need to pray to your Father in Heaven and ask Him if it is true or not. After doing all of this for an extended period of time, you will gain the evidence that you are looking for. This can be something big, but usually it is something little. Regardless, it will have come from God through the Holy Ghost, and you will know that it is true. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Jared
Mormons are those who believe that Jesus is the Christ, that the Book of Mormon is indeed the word of God, and that Joseph Smith was called by Christ to be the prophet ordained to restore Christ's true church in this day and age. But this belief does not a Mormon make. Mormons are those who let this belief act within in them and have gone down into the waters of baptism, and become members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Jared
It all depends on how we define the word cult. The thing is, Orthodox (or Traditional) Christian theologians have run into quite a dilemma in their attempts to decide who they feel are saved or not. While most Orthodox Christians agree that all "Christians" will be saved, most theologians also agree that a person must believe in the views and beliefs of Orthodox Christianity to be truly "Christian". But here is their problem; there are millions people, including Mormons, who believe with all their hearts that Jesus is the Christ, the very Son of God and Savior of the world, but also reject the many beliefs which are core to orthodox theology, such as the Trinity. Therefore, by the orthodox standard, these churches and people must not be "Christian". So, in order to distinguish between Orthodox Christians, Unorthodox Christians (such as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints), and those who are not Christian at all, the theologians have come up with the classification of Cult, which are those who believe in Jesus as Savior and Messiah, but aren't orthodox, so they are not saved, so must not be "Christian." Viewing Cult this way really this isn't too much of a big deal for Orthodox Christians and Mormons alike. The problem is that when most people hear the word cult, what comes to mind is a much darker ideas and groups. Of course, this is not Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is, but that is what people think of when they are told that the church is a cult. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Jared
In order to understand what happens to us when we die, you have to first understand who we are. We are spirits beings, who are the spiritual children of our Heavenly Father, who have been place in physical bodies on earth. Before we were born, we existed as spirit children of our Heavenly Father and enjoyed living in his presence. After we die, our spirit separates from our body, and we go into a time of waiting called the spirit world.(Ecclesiastes 12:7) There are two major divisions in the spirit world. There are those spirits who have lived good lives, and look forward to the coming resurrection. The spirits are said to be in "paradise." (Luke 23:43) Those who did not live good lives and did not do the things that they needed to do in this life will be unhappy and look forward to the resurrection with fear. This is often referred to as "Spirit Prison." (1Peter 3:19) After this period of waiting, there comes the resurrection, where all man kind will be resurrected and come before the judgment seat of God, to be judged of the works they did in this life. After that, they are placed in Three major divisions of final reward. Going from best to worst, these are referred to as the Celestial, Terrestrial, and Telestial Kingdoms. Show more Show less