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Hi I'm John Huddleston

I love sitting on the couch watching TV, I'm a convert, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

 I grew up in Minneapolis and am currently living in southeastern Minnesota. I've lived here all my life and still don't enjoy the winters. I love the fresh spring air, although I spend a majority of my time inside the home with my brother-in-law. I specialize in odd jobs and use those skills every day for work. I have two step-children and my family is very important to me.

Why I am a Mormon

 I grew up Baptist and always had a strong faith in Christ. But I never felt fully comfortable in the religion, and knew there was more to God's plan for me than what I knew at the time. So when my brother-in-law introduced me to the missionaries, I was very receptive from the beginning. As I listened to them, I decided to act on their message by praying to know of its truthfulness. In James 15 my favorite verse it says, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God...and it shall be given him." I took this challenge and prayed to know if their message was true, and especially the Book of Mormon. Over time as I attended church, met with the missionaries, and read from the Book of Mormon, I came to know that this is the Lord's Church. I don't claim to be perfect, but the restored gospel of Jesus Christ has changed me, and I know it to be true.

How I live my faith

 First and foremost, I attend church weekly and study the scriptures daily. In the past, I've worked with the young men and young children in a small branch of the Church. It has been amazing seeing them grow up having learned and applied the gospel in their lives. I'm thankful I was able to participate in teaching them certain truth that would bless them in their lives. Recently, I've been driving the missionaries to many of their appointments, and sharing my testimony with those they are teaching.

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

John Huddleston
 It's very similar to the question, "Why is authority important for a policeman to have to write somebody a ticket?" If I was speeding down the road, and some random man pulled me over and wrote me a ticket, although he was well-intentioned, I would have no reason to pay it. Not because he was wrong in respecting the laws, but because he has no authority he doesn't have the badge. I am not bound in any way to pay the fine for my crime. It is the same thing with baptism. God is not angry because many people out there are being baptized into other churches, but He does ask us to do things His way. Baptism is a sacred ordinance, or ceremony, that God has commanded us to perform. Not only does He want us to be baptized by immersion, but also wants us to be be baptized by someone with His authority to perform the act. That way, the ordinance is not just valid here on Earth, but also in Heaven. When I was baptized by someone holding the Priesthood authority of God, I felt the Spirit of God confirm to me that what I had done was right. Show more Show less