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Hi I'm Jonathan

I'm a seeker of Truth and that's why I am a Mormon

About Me

Well, I'm silly when I can be and serious when I have to be. Other then that I'll try to be serious about this whole thing. My family currently lives in the city of Bellingham in western Washington state. I've lived in Washington my whole life and I love it!!! I've grown up next to the ocean and amongst the pine trees and couldn't think of a better place to live for me. I enjoy reading, a lot actually, I usually go through at least four books a week at the local library. I love reading books with happy endings, which usually means that they're either sci-fi or fantasy these days. I enjoy camping, hiking, swimming, etc. Generally speaking I'll try just about any sport or adventure with a friend, doing things by yourself is no fun I think. At the moment enjoying life with friends and family is very important to me, I like being around those who I care about and I always enjoy my time with them. My dad's a music teacher, though I've probably been one of his more challenging students. But because of it I love music and singing, usually choral pieces because it really doesn't matter how good you are, just how good the two people next to you are. My Mom has been just that, a mother, and she's defiantly had the harder job!!!!!!! She's taught to love learning and to seek after Truth with all of my might mind and strength. They have been my heroes and my example as to how I should act and be. And most importantly, I think that it's always a good day!!!

Why I am a Mormon

I believe that there are two kinds of truth in this world, one that is governed by the opinions of man, the other is governed by the Will of God. That which is governed by the precepts of men are always subject to the will and desires of man. Political opinions change, likes and dislikes change, people change constantly!!!!! So any truth from man is also constantly changing. But that Truth that is from God is eternal and divine in nature. Truths such as that you are a Child of God, one of his beloved Sons or Daughters. That Jesus is The Christ, The Holy One of Israel, The Savior and Redeemer of all mankind. That all people who come unto them can and will gain eternal life through the merits, mercy, and grace of Christ divine Sacrifice. And that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is The instrument that our Father which art in Heaven and Jesus Christ use in bring all of Their children back unto them. That is why I am a Mormon, because I seek after Truths like these and I know that as long as I remain a willing student, that I will learn of them and cherish them.

How I live my faith

I seek after Truth, and when I find Truth I live by its precepts and teachings. Since The Savior is the the source of all Truth, I follow His example and I try to be a willing Disciple for Him. I study His words in the Book of Mormon and Holy Bible, and hearken to the words of His living Prophets and Apostles.

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Jonathan
We dress like normal people, I personally like a good pair of Car-harts work pants and a T-shirt though at Church I try to dress in a clean white button up shirt and a good pair of slacks, and I usually ditch the tie when I can. I celebrate Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, Birthdays, New Years, etc. My custom is that I'm willing to try most things at least once if it's not putting against the commandments given to me by Christ. Though don't try to get me skydiving or bungee jumping, I just might try kill you in self defense, I'm deathly afraid of heights. Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Jonathan
 With the absolute sincerity of my heart I say YES!!!!! Jesus Christ did in reality visit those who believed on his name in ancient America, that they felt of the scars in his hands and in his side. That He did minister unto them, He healed their sick, taught them His Gospel, and showed unto them wonders that we cannot even begin to comprehend. And so that their testimonies, along with the billions of people that also believed on His name, may be heard that Jesus is The Christ. Show more Show less

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Jonathan
Click on the request a missionary button, send in your name and address, and two nice young men or women will be with you in about a week. Or click on the chat with us button to start a conversation with two missionaries over the web. Or you can ask about us at work or school, there will most likely be a member with in those groups. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Jonathan
If you believe in Christ, then act upon that belief and let His atoning sacrifice change who you are for the better and for the rest of your life. If you seek to gain a belief in Christ, pray tonight. Pray with the fervor of a person seeking for water in the desert, with the intent to act upon that answer, and then feel the love of heaven wrap you within its arms. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Jonathan
Nah, you'll find us everywhere and among everyone trying to make our own little corners of the world a much better place. 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?

Jonathan
In the temples of The Lord they are literly His House. His presense can be felt there constantly. In His Temples we learn of the Saviors part in the Creation, more of the Fall of Adem and Eve, and the Covenets, or promises we make with our Heavenly Father, requiered to gain eternal life. We also make those Covenets which requier us to continualy strive to live our lives as Christ did, and it is where the bonds of marriage can be made eternal. We do not expect everyone who does not believe as we do to respect these things as we do, which is why only members can enter into one of His Holy Temples. Even then one has to be spiritally worthy to enter in to one of His Temples. In the end, one cannot be expeted to be able to abide by the rules of His House if that person cannot abide by the rules that are for when you are outside of His House. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Jonathan
Better because of the promises that we make at baptism and within the Holy Temples, and because of the constant companionship of the Holy Spirit should we remain true to those promises we've made with God. Not necessarily easier, but certainly much better and fuller. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Jonathan
Yes, all members in our Church will proudly testify to anyone that asks, that Jesus is The Christ, the Redeemer and Savior of the World. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Jonathan
Me for starters, and if you think that I'm a little wierd, I'll be fairly offended if you think that it's because I'm a Mormon. Just to let everyone know, I'm wierd because I'm weird and that's who I am and I try very hard to be that person. I've always been me, and the only thing that Christ Gospel changes about me is how refined spiritally I am and how willing I am in following His comandments. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Jonathan
 It is when the spirit witnesses of one of those Eternal Truths in a manner that you no longer have just a hope or faith in it, it is now something that you know. Not because of a book or a person, but because God told you that it is True. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Jonathan
Either we or our families pay for them, if we are not able to do that the Church useually finds a way to make it possiable. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Jonathan
The way I feel myself change for the better as I strive to do what He asks. The Love I feel through His Spirit, and the love I have gained for others. My life is not full of miracles, just proof of His love. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Jonathan
Still learning about that myself actually. It's along the lines of a belief that requires you to act upon it that is divine in nature and changes who you are as you act upon it. When we talk about Faith we talk about our own Faith in Christ , and the ways that Faith changes us for the better. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Jonathan
Pretty much because that's what people call us. The name Mormon is actually the name of the prophet who compiled most of The Book of Mormon in the ancient Americas. Later his son finished the record and hid it away after there nation had been destroyed in all out war. It was later brought to the knowledge of men through the prophet Joseph Smith after being called and commanded of God to begin restoring His Truth upon the Earth. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Jonathan
That it is Christ's one and only Church by which He uses as The instrument in gathering all of those who believe in Christ and desire to live by His ways. If it was not then there is no possible way that the Church would even exist right now. To many people dislike and even hate us that if it was not supported by the very Hand of God that it would not have even lasted a few months when it was formed. Show more Show less

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

Jonathan
It never began, only hidden away because of the wickedness of those after Christ sent His Apostles out into the world. It is as old as the Earth itself for Adam taught his children the same things we teach Today. Where it was brought forth into the knowledge of the world once again was in the northern part of the state of New York in the 1820's.  Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Jonathan
Mormon Women are much like any other women I know, hard to understand because of the fact that I'm a guy. As far as equality, I think that it all has to be worked out individually between each person. Still keeping in mind though that even though that we are part of the same species, that there are differences between a man and a woman that are related in to a persons gender. We think differently and we act differently. Which to often seems to be ignored whenever the question comes up. Perhaps the best way to look at it would be the stance of equal opportunity, yet an equality that celebrates our differences instead of rejecting them. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Jonathan
Nope, though many do because they see the changes that happen within them because of Christ's Gospel and desire to share that same change with others. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Jonathan
 We believe in being baptized as Christ was, to be completely immersed in water by one holding the authority of God for the remission of sins. After wards we believe in the bestowing of the Gift of the Holy Ghost, which allows the Holy Ghost to abide with you to lead and guide you in your life as long as you stay true to the promises that you have made with God and by following His commandments. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Jonathan
That is a question that few can answer fully. Mainly because it is such a personal answer that can only be answered by experiencing it. For starters though, think back on your life as a whole, there have been mistakes that you've made that cannot be changed, people you've hurt in ways that cannot be mended. Hurts of your own that have never healed and never cease to haunt you. That is why Christ Sacrificed Himself for us, to heal us and those around us when we cannot go on by ourselves. It is why millions upon millions have been healed both physically and spiritually, because He lived, He died, and because He still lives. Because He is The Christ, our personal Savior and Redeemer. My Hope and my Strength. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Jonathan
I wound not believe in anyone or anything that tried to take the place of my Lord, God, Savior, and Redeemer Jesus The Christ. Nor would anyone else who has Faith in Christ in anyway shape or form. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Jonathan
No, it's kind of hard to think so when all people on this earth are children of God. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Jonathan
No, the Church believes in the separation of the government and religion. Especially our own.  Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Jonathan
You'll probably find our church meeting a little different then most others. Usually the speaker is a member of the congregation that is asked to speak that Sunday on a certain subject. Topics are usually open ended to give the opportunity to the speaker to discern through the Spirit on what he/she is to speak on. You'll also find that we do partake in the sacrament, you'll also find that the sacrament will be ministered to you by members of the priesthood who are also members of the congregation. After all of that is done there are classes taught by members on different subjects of the Gospel which you are more then welcomed to go to. And anyone can attend all of our church meetings. We'd actually like to have you join us this Sunday, but since I'm probably not going to be there to greet you, I hope you enjoy the services without me!! Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Jonathan
The same reason why millions of others believe and revere the Holy Bible, because it contains the writings of God's prophets in Israel and testifies that Jesus is the Christ. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Jonathan
Well if that we're true we wouldn't have the epistles that Paul wrote. He was apparently called by even by Peter an Apostle yet he was not called among the original twelve. It gives a little bit of an explanation of why he was called in the 12th and 13th chapters of the book of Acts where in chapter 12 it describes the murder of the Apostle James. Apparently after his death Saul was renamed Paul and was also called to be an Apostle to fill the void that the death of James had left. So if Paul was indeed called to be an Apostle by God, then his writings we can take to be scripture, if he was not then about half of the New Testament is false and uninspired of God. It is the same with the Apostles today in our Church, if they are also called of God to be Apostles as those who Christ called Himself, then the words that they speak to us under inspiration can and should be taken as scripture. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Jonathan
First of all, I want to ask you what characteristics you think that a good Father should have and please write them down. If Christ then referrers to God as the Father of us all and that He is Good, how then do you think the Characteristics in which you wrote down should apply to God then? Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Jonathan
If it's true, then why wouldn't we? Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Jonathan
Simply put, a Ward or Branch is a local congregation of the Church, with a Ward being larger then a Branch. A Stake is a group of these congregations together. There are leaders in both the Ward/Branch level and in the Stake level that help maintain and direct the local congregations. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Jonathan
Yes. His name is Thomas S. Monson and the way to know if he is indeed a Prophet of God remains the same as when Moses was alive and ministering. Listen to what he has to teach us and then ask in prayer God if it is indeed from Him. Show more Show less