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Hi I'm John

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I run, bike, swim, climb, and hike. I like reading the kind of books that make you stop to think. I'm going to school now to finish my degree in English - Literature.

Why I am a Mormon

I want a place to grow personally, help others, and raise a family. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints provides that for me. I am proud to be called a Latter-Day Saint.

How I live my faith

I have found that the teachings of the Church - the teachings of Jesus Christ - have helped me to live a balanced life and to be aware of myself and others. Focusing first on my relationship with God helps all of the other aspects of my life fall into place no matter how hectic it may be. It seems that every pursuit of my life ties back to my faith in God, that He will help me to be successful, find my purpose in life, and help others along the way. That brings a peaceful feeling that makes it easier to see beyond the everyday things in life.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

John
Grace is the reason that we can grow. Grace gives us a chance to repent, rather that being immediately "cast off forever" - 1 Nephi 10:21 for any sin or shortcoming - Alma 41:4-5. It is fair for God to give us this time because many of our shortcomings come as a result of our fallen state. Grace comes through the atonement of Jesus Christ and makes up for the consequences of the fall of Adam. Grace guarantees that everyone will be resurrected. Our spirits and bodies will be again reunited after death, never again to be separated - Alma 11:42-44. "For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive" - 1 Corinthians 15:22. Everything we learn comes by grace as a gift from god, so we are always in his debt - Mosiah 22:3-24. If we live by what we learn, he gives us more. Likewise if we do not live by what we know is true those things will be taken from us - 2 Nephi 28:30. What God requires is that we have faith enough to ask, seek, and knock - Matthew 6:7-8. Show more Show less

What is faith?

John
I think its a blessing to believe based on spiritual evidence, rather than physical. This is my faith. Sometimes people say to me that faith is wishful thinking, or faith is one-sided because it requires commitment before it promises blessings. Perhaps, but then so does planting a garden. The scriptures describe faith as an assurance, Inward and spiritual. It's not a mental "I'm going to ascribe my belief to this" - and it isn't blind, all true faith produces results. I think of faith as part of the relationship that connects us to God. When we decide to set our will with God's will on the faith that he knows what is best, that assurance that the scriptures talk about will come to us. It's a wonderful feeling of knowing that the path you are starting on is correct, and it comes before you even take the first step. Just like a garden though, you have to help it to grow. Follow the path and you will begin to see the results. If it was faith to follow God's commandments you will see how the commandment blesses you. If it was faith to trust God's timing and will, you will see his hand working in your life to bring good results. I've noticed that faith is measured against our sacrifice, and when the sacrifice is enough, overcomes obstacles to faith such as fear and doubt. I think that faith is made up of the desires of a pure heart. When you begin to have faith, you have already gained the "assurance" you are seeking and just have to follow it to grow. Show more Show less