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Hi I'm Jason

I'm from New York, I'm studying to become a nurse, I love sports, photography, science, music, and movies, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Long Island, New York. I studied psychology and health sciences in college, and am now studying to become a nurse. I love photography, video games (yes), college basketball, the Yankees, working out as much as I can, reading, action/thriller/science fiction movies, music, comedy, science, exploring, and just having fun.

Why I am a Mormon

 I am a Mormon because, through scripture and historical study, as well as by asking God in prayer, I came to realize that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord's Church. I have always believed in God and in the importance of having our Savior, Jesus Christ, in our lives. Although I was not raised Mormon, through study and prayer, I came to the conclusion that this Church really is a restoration of the Church of the New Testament, with prophets, apostles, divine revelation, blessings, healings, miracles, temples, and Jesus Christ at the head of the Church. I am a Mormon because I know that through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ, we can live in God's presence forever, and become like Him, as is taught in the Bible.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by striving to follow the example that Jesus Christ provided us. Following His commandments brings extraordinary blessings into our lives, including the ultimate blessing of eternal life. I study the scriptures daily, and pray to God daily. I know that God listens, and that each of us can receive answers to our prayers through revelation. I also share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with anyone that is interested in it. I attend church every Sunday to fellowship with fellow Mormons, partake of the sacred Lord's Supper, and study the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I attend the temple, the House of the Lord, to offer the blessings of the Gospel to our ancestors that did not have the opportunity to hear it in this life. I rely on Christ's atoning sacrifice through repentance to be forgiven of my sins. I love to listen to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and also try to provide service to others.

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

Jason
Yes, Mormons believe that a husband and wife can be together forever and that families can live together forever in Heaven. When a Mormon couple gets married, they are married in a temple, where a sacred ceremony called a "sealing" takes place. In this ceremony, the couple is not married until they part at death, but for time and all eternity. Mormons believe that this blessing also extends to their children. By remaining faithful to the covenants made in the temple, the couple and their children can live together for eternity in God's presence, becoming like Him. This is all made possible through the atonement of Jesus Christ. 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?

Jason
No, there are no restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join the Mormon Church. In the past, the Church did have a policy restricting members of African descent from holding the priesthood, during a time when the United States was still in much unrest surrounding slavery, civil rights, equality, etc. While people of African descent could be baptized, receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, and be confirmed members of the Church, they could not hold the priesthood, until 1978, when God revealed to the prophet that it was time to open the priesthood to all worthy males, regardless of lineage. While this of course was unfortunate, we must remember the time period that this occurred in, where churches were also being formed based on race when other churches would not accept minorities, or when minorities that wanted to enter seminaries for the priesthood in other major churches even had to go to another country to study. Also, there is a Biblical precedent for restricting the priesthood based on lineage, where God limited His priesthood to the Levites, As an African American Mormon, I currently hold the priesthood. While we do not know why the priesthood restriction began, we do know the times that all Americans lived in during the restriction, as well as how God has worked in Biblical times. I am grateful for the priesthood in my life, and know that all worthy males, no matter what color or race, can hold God's priesthood today. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Jason
 No, Mormons do not worship Joseph Smith. We consider Joseph Smith to have been a prophet of God, just like Moses, Abraham, Isaiah, Paul, etc. We believe that God still has prophets on the earth today, just like He did anciently. Also, Mormons only worship God. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Jason
You can know whether Mormonism is true by simply asking God! God is real, He exists, and you can talk to Him, and He can answer you. Throughout the Bible, God's prophets and apostles tell us that we can ask and receive from God, ask God if we lack wisdom, etc. If you would like to know whether Mormonism is true, just ask God in faith, and we believe that He will answer you through the Holy Ghost. Although Mormons believe that our faith is true, we will not force you to believe it if you do not want to. Instead, we only ask you to consider our beliefs and ask God for yourself whether they are true. That is how I came to be a Mormon. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Jason
Yes, Mormons are Christians. Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the divine Son of God the Father, the Only Begotten Son, and is our Savior. Mormons believe that it is only through accepting the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ that we can be saved and receive eternal life. The real name of "the Mormon Church" is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, showing that we believe that this is His Church. Show more Show less

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

Jason
If you know a Mormon, just ask him/her! They will be happy to discuss their faith with you. If not, you can visit Mormon.org, which has basic information for non-Mormons about our faith. Through this website, you can also request a free copy of the Book of Mormon and/or the Bible, find a Mormon church in your area, and contact the missionaries of the Church, who would love to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with you, with no obligation on your part. You can also talk to missionaries online through Mormon.org. Visitors are always welcome at our worship services on Sundays. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

Jason
Mormons believe that through the atonement of Jesus Christ, we can live for eternity with our families in the presence of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Through the atonement, we can become like God, as He has promised in the Bible. One can receive this gift from God by having faith in Jesus Christ our Savior, repenting of our sins, being baptized by one holding priesthood authority from God, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, following the commandments of the Lord, and enduring to the end. Show more Show less

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

Jason
As someone studying science, I believe that, among other things, the complexity of life at the cellular level tells me that there is a God. The order and beauty of molecular biology simply could not have been a random chance event, but is evidence of an Intelligent Designer. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Jason
Mormons attend church on Sundays. In church, we partake of the Lord's Supper, which we call "the Sacrament", which allows us to remember the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ, and also allows us to renew promises we made to God at our baptisms, asking that the Spirit be present with us always. We also listen to short sermons by members of the local church, sing hymns, and pray to God. We also have Sunday School for all ages, as well as other meetings for males and females. We welcome visitors to our churches every Sunday that are interested in learning more about the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. Temples are different from church buildings in that they are considered to be sacred houses of the Lord, just like in the Bible. In the temple, we can feel God's presence in a special way, as well as participate in sacred ceremonies that can bind families together for eternity, make promises to God and receive special blessings from God after learning more about His plan of happiness, as well as providing the opportunity to our deceased ancestors to accept or reject the Gospel of Jesus Christ if they did not have an opportunity to do so in this life. Because temples are so sacred, only Mormons that are following the commandments of the Lord are allowed to enter, though before they are dedicated, anyone, Mormon or not, can tour the temples. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Jason
Today, Mormons do not practice plural marriage, also known as polygamy. In the past, we believe that God allowed the practice in the Church, just as He has allowed it in Biblical times. We believe that God provided revelation later on that the practice should be discontinued. Any Mormon practicing polygamy today is excommunicated from the Church. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Jason
Yes, Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the divine Son of God, the Only Begotten Son of the Father. Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is a separate Person from the Father, and is our Savior. Mormons believe that Jesus Christ atoned for our sins, and that it is only through His great atoning sacrifice that we can receive eternal life. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Jason
 Mormons are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. "Mormons" can also be called "Latter-day Saints", since members of Christ's Church were called "Saints" in the Bible, and we believe that we are living in the period of time, of unknown duration, before Jesus Christ comes again, hence "latter-day". Mormons believe that we are members of the same Church that the Biblical apostles Peter, James, John, etc. were members of, restored to the earth by God through the prophet Joseph Smith. Mormons believe that we have apostles, prophets, divine revelation from God, Jesus Christ at the head of the Church, gifts of the Spirit, etc. just like the New Testament Church, because we believe that we are the same Church, restored in latter-days. Show more Show less