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Hi I'm Jeremy Thorpe

I'm 20 and I love sandwiches!! And I also like to play the piano and Ultimate Frisbee. I'm also a bit of a nerd. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I love to play the piano, play badminton and ultimate frisbee. I've also played more video games than I'd like to admit, but I've been able to leave them behind for my mission for the Church. I lived in North Ogden, UT all of my life until after I graduated high school, when I went up to Utah State University in Logan, UT to do a year of college. I recently returned from serving a mission for the church in California. I love listening to soundtrack music, as well as other piano and instrumental music. I have been a member of the LDS church my whole life. There are so many wonderful things about this church that I absolutely love, and in particular, the people. There are so many great leaders and examples in it which have helped me get to the point in my life that I am now. That's one of the main wonderful parts of God's plan for us, to help one another follow Jesus Christ and His teachings and support each other through trials. The church is true!

Why I am a Mormon

I've been a Mormon my whole life, but I love my home ward and all of the great ward members and teachers there. I went to seminary in high school, which I absolutely loved. There are so many good examples around, even in places that you don't think you'll find them. Although I grew up in the Church, I still gained a testimony the same way that all converts do. The only way to do it is through earnest study and sincere prayer. I felt like I leaned on others' testimonies in the beginning of my life, but as I have tried to live God's commandments and seek his will, I have learned how important an individual and unique testimony is in my life.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by serving others! I love to feel the happiness that comes from serving others. When I help other people who need that support, I can't help but love them! And serving others helps me feel better about myself as well, and I know that it is a principle from God designed to bless our lives!

What is the Book of Mormon?

Jeremy Thorpe
The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ. It tells of people in the ancient Americas and how they prophesied and prepared for the coming of Jesus Christ after his ministry in Jerusalem. Then it tells about Jesus' visiting and teaching these people after his earthly ministry and Atonement. Then it talks about what happened after Jesus ascended back up into heaven. There are wonderful stories in it, and all of them really happened! There is an answer to any problem you may have in life in the Book of Mormon. It is such a great book, and it applies to EVERYONE! I hope one day everyone will get the opportunity to read and ponder it sometime in their lives. Show more Show less

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

Jeremy Thorpe
Absolutely! In th 8th Article of Faith, it reads: "We believe the Bible to be the word of God, as far as it is translated correctly..." The Bible is Holy Scripture brought about by God for His divine purposes. It provides many priceless insights into the life of Jesus Christ and how God works for the benefit of His children. The Bible was written by prophets who were inspired from God through the Holy Ghost, and through the Bible's pages we can learn all about Christianity and why it is important. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Jeremy Thorpe
No, not all Mormons are required to serve a mission. Jesus Christ taught His disciples that they should go about preaching to all nations. For young men in the Church, a mission is highly encouraged, although not required. For the young women, it is optional, but their service is greatly needed and appreciated. There are also missions available that senior couples can do , including service with family history work, welfare service, and proselyting missions. Although missionaries are only called to serve all day every day for a period of 18-24 months, many modern-day prophets have said that every member should be a missionary. That means that we are supposed to teach by example and live what we believe and not be afraid to share the gospel with others. So in that sense, we should all be missionaries in our own unique way, through word and example and loving service. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Jeremy Thorpe
The law of tithing is and has been one of God's commandments for a very long time. Abraham paid tithes. Malachi wrote that if we did not pay our tithing, we were robbing God. He also said that if we do pay our tithing, God will open the windows of heaven and give us so many blessings we won't be able to receive them. Tithing is also an act of faith. Many people struggle financially, but when they pay their tithing with a willing heart, God promises them that He will take care of them and help them make ends meet. There are many stories of people who take God up on that promise and find miraculous ways of feeding their families and meeting their needs. Show more Show less

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

Jeremy Thorpe
We believe that the Church was organized by Jesus Christ during His mortal ministy here on earth, but over time, doctrines were corrupted and changed, so that the whole and complete truth was forgotten. God and Jesus Christ instigated a Restoration of the fulness of the gospel through Joseph Smith. God called him as a prophet, and through him, restored the priesthood authority and saving ordinances that were on the earth back when Jesus Christ organized His Church. The Church was officially reorganized in 1830, and since then, millions have been brought to the knowledge of the truth. Show more Show less

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

Jeremy Thorpe
The name Mormon comes from the prophet who organized the Book of Mormon. He took the writings of all of the ancient American prophets and compiled them. Although many people know us as Mormons, Jesus Christ told the Nephites in the Book of Mormon that we should call the church in His name, since it is His church. He said that if it be in Moses' name, then it would be Moses' church, and other examples like that. But since this is Jesus Christ's church, we call it in His name. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Jeremy Thorpe
God has given us a health code known as the Word of Wisdom to help us be more physically and spiritually fit to be of service in His kingdom. We are commanded to not partake of certain substances that can harm us and take away our spiritual sensitivity. Specifically mentioned are alcohol, tobacco, tea, coffee, and illegal drugs. The idea behind this law is that we are to avoid addictions of any kind, because they distract from what we need to be focusing on to be sensitive to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. We are promised health and wisdom when we keep the Word of Wisdom. Show more Show less

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

Jeremy Thorpe
The Church does not endorse political parties, but can endorse certain sides of an issue, if the question at hand is a moral one. The Church does, however, encourage all its members to be actively involved in their communities and to be a good citizen by being a participant in elections and other things. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Jeremy Thorpe
When Joseph Smith was 14 years old, he was impressed by the Spirit of God to seek his salvation through religion. He records that there was a great uneasiness and controversy on the subject of religion in the area where he lived. He attended services and talked to ministers, but all of the preachers disagreed on the interpretation of Bible verses that Joseph realized he could not settle the issue by appealing alone to the Bible. He read James 1:5 which told him that if he lacked wisdom, he should ask God, and God would give him an answer. He decided to do just that. Joseph went to a grove of trees near his house to pray. He knelt down and began to pray. He described his experience as thus: "I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me. When the light rested upon me, I saw two personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other-This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!" I testify that God the Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith that day. He asked them which church he should join. They told him that he shouldn't join any of them because they were all wrong, but that the true church would soon be restored and that he (Joseph Smith) would play a big part in it. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Jeremy Thorpe
We must have faith in Jesus Christ to be saved, because only in and through his name can we be saved (Mosiah 3:17). Our faith in Jesus Christ should be the center of everything we teach and everything we do. It can guide us and enable us to do many of the things He asks. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Jeremy Thorpe
The Book of Mormon was written by prophets back in Bible times, here in the Americas. These men were righteous men of God who were inspired by the Holy Ghost to write what they did. The record ended about 421 B.C. and the prophets were forewarned that the people would reject their teachings, so they engraved their writings on gold plates so that it would last through the centuries until God saw fit to bring it about in the early 1800's. Joseph Smith took the writings and translated them into English by the power of God. Show more Show less

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

Jeremy Thorpe
You can visit www.mormon.org and request representatives from the church to visit you at your home. You can also chat with a missionary on that site. Or feel free to stop in at one of our many church buildings. Visitors are always welcome. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Jeremy Thorpe
The current prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is Thomas S. Monson. He is assisted by his counselors, Henry B. Eyring, and Dieter F. Uchtdorf and the 12 apostles. These men are called of God and inspired of Him in their role as prophets, seers, and revelators. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Jeremy Thorpe
No, we do not worship Joseph Smith. We esteem him as a great prophet, such as Moses, but we do not worship him. We worship God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. Joseph Smith did a very great work in restoring Christ's church to the earth, and in D&C 135 we read that Joseph Smith has done more, save Jesus only, for the salvation of mankind. Therefore, his work was necessary and he was called of God to do it, but we do not worship him. We respect and revere him as the prophet of the Restoration. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Jeremy Thorpe
We believe that "Except a man be born of water and of the spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God."(John 3:5) We are baptized into the church by immersion, which is how it was done in New Testament times. We also believe that a man must be baptized by someone holding the priesthood authority of God. For this reason Jesus Christ walked all the way from Galilee to Jordan (about 70 miles), because John the Baptist had the proper authority to baptize. All of the priesthood holders in the church can trace their authority to Jesus Christ himself. After the baptism by water comes the baptism of the spirit, or receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost completes the baptism and cleanses the person of sin, and the person then has the right to have the Holy Ghost with them all of the time, if they keep God's commandments and honor their baptismal covenants. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Jeremy Thorpe
A ward is a congregation based on geographical area. Members from a ward attend church at a building usually close to their home. All of the wards of the church teach the same thing, but because there are so many members of the church in some areas, different wards with different leaders are created. A branch is merely a smaller version of a ward, with less people in it. A stake is a group of usually around 5 to 10 wards or branches, and has leaders that are over all of the wards or branches collectively. The size of wards or stakes depends on the Mormon population in the area. A ward can vary from a couple of square blocks to about 4000 sq. miles. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Jeremy Thorpe
The last thing Jesus Christ told his disciples before he ascended to heaven was to "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations" We believe that his commandment is still in force today. The missionaries of the church give up 2 years of their lives, and set aside school, work, and dating to preach the gospel and serve the people around them. They also pay their own way to do this. Now what do you think would motivate them to sacrifice this much? Christ also told his disciples that to everyone that hath been warned to warn his neighbor. Our missionaries know that the message they share is true. They want to help anyone and everyone who will accept their help. They have sacrificed to share the happiness the gospel has brought into their lives with others. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Jeremy Thorpe
There is a pattern in the Bible of times when God saw fit to have a prophet to lead his chosen people. The people listened and heeded the prophet, and they prospered. But then pride entered into their hearts and they began to reject the prophets and follow their own ideas instead. When this happened, God took away that prophet and the authority that prophet had to lead the church and administer the saving ordinances of the gospel. The people continued like this until their pride unevitably brought hostility, anger, and wars. The people suffered, and humbled themselves before God. When the people did this, God saw fit to send another prophet to restore the church. The new prophet had the same authority that the old one did. This cycle continues throughout the Bible until finally that new prophet was Jesus Christ. He organized His church and taught the gospel. But just like in times of old, the people rejected Him and crucified Him. When all of the apostles were also killed, that authority to lead the church was lost. Some people were good people who wanted to follow Christ but didn't have that authority to perform ordinances and lead the church. So God once again reached out to His children by calling another prophet, Joseph Smith. God promised Joseph Smith that this would be the last time the gospel would be restored and it would never be taken away again. Through a living prophet, God continues to lead and guide us. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Jeremy Thorpe
The tithing funds of the Church is used for many things. It is used to build meetinghouses, temples, and other Church buildings, it is used to keep those buildings in operation, such as electric bills or utilities, tithing also helps fund some of the programs of the Church, such as missionary work and family history work. None of it in any way goes to the leaders of the Church. The Church is a non-profit organization. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Jeremy Thorpe
A testimony is a sure knowledge of something. When members of the Church gain a testimony, it is through studying and pondering the word of God, and then praying to God for that conviction and knowledge. A testimony has to be built on Jesus Christ if it is to weather life's storms, and although people's testimonies vary widely, they are sacred and personal to those particular people. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Jeremy Thorpe
We do that because there are lots of people who have died without even hearing the name Jesus Christ, let alone knowing what He did. And because God is a fair God, he would not condemn these people for something they had no control over. So these people have an opportunity after they die to accept the gospel. Also, Jesus taught us that baptism was a necessary ordinance for the salvation of mankind. Since baptism is a physical ordinance, and the people who have died are spirits, they cannot do that themselves. So we are baptized in their behalf so they can receive the blessings of being baptized. Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

Jeremy Thorpe
Most of the Church operations are financed through tithing funds, which are donated from all the members of the Church, although there are many other opportunities to donate to specific functions, such as education, missionary work, printing of copies of the Book of Mormon, and welfare services. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Jeremy Thorpe
The authority is important because it seals the validity of ordinances for time and all eternity. Jesus shows us how important this authority is when he was baptized. The scriptures tell us that Jesus traveled from Galilee to Jordan to be baptized of John. The distance Jesus covered is about 70 miles. Why would Jesus travel that far by foot to be baptized of John when undoubtedly there were people who would have baptized him that weren't nearly as far away. Jesus understood the importance of having that authority, or the priesthood, so he was willing to make the trip so that his baptism would be valid. That priesthood was lost with the death of the apostles, but was restored to Joseph Smith through Peter, James, and John in 1829, and now worthy male members of the Church everywhere can hold the priestood. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Jeremy Thorpe
The Relief Society is the Church's organization for women. In the Relief Society, the women of the church can strengthen each other, do things together, make new friends, learn how to strengthen their families, learn about the church, and are able to help other people who are in need. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Jeremy Thorpe
Joseph Smith Jr. was the prophet of the Restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ. He saw God the Father and Jesus Christ in response to an earnest prayer. Through him, God restored all of the principles and ordinances of the gospel. He was a great man and a prophet, and he worked very hard and even gave his life so that many could come to the truth and knowledge of their Savior, Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Jeremy Thorpe
In Alma 34: 32 in the Book of Mormon it tells us that our purpose in life is to prepare to meet God. We are sent here to earth to receive a physical body and experience mortality, using our agency to choose to follow God's commandments. We are here to prove to God that we will be obedient to anything He asks us to do. We are here to learn and grow and try our best to become like Him. Show more Show less

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

Jeremy Thorpe
Our bodies are gifts from God. He has given them to us to house our immortal spirits. In modern revelation God told Joseph Smith that all of the commandments He gives are spiritual. So each of the commandments that God has given us to take care of our bodies, such as the Word of Wisdom, are for our spiritual benefit as well as our temporal benefit. Our bodies house our spirits and if we do not take care of our bodies, our spirits will be affected by that. Show more Show less

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

Jeremy Thorpe
Just looking at all of God's creations is a testimony builder to me of His existence. I look at the mountains, the trees, the animals, and I just can't figure out how all of this beauty could be an accident. I also think of all of the things that bring happiness into people's lives, such as music for me. Everything that makes us happy, including our families, come from God. Also, all of the perfect detail of all of the living things on the earth as well as in space testify to me that all of this is carefully set up and planned by God. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Jeremy Thorpe
As a missionary, the polygamy question was probably brought up the most by people not of our faith. The Church has not practiced polygamy for over 120 years (since 1890). Many people do not understand why it was practiced for a while and then discontinued. It is established in Jacob chapter 2 (in the Book of Mormon) that God will command the people to practice polygamy when he has a need for it, but monogamy is the rule, whereas polygamy is only the exception. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Jeremy Thorpe
Well, one of the things we believe in is doing our best to follow God's commandments all of the time, and not just on Sundays or when people are watching. We try to serve our fellow men, study the scriptures, and remain close to God throughout every day so we can have the companionship of the Holy Ghost. We try to do our best to follow Jesus Christ and that makes us happy in life! We also try to build our families and do things to help other people. Show more Show less

What are some of the ways that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps those around the world?

Jeremy Thorpe
The Church helps people around the world in many ways. We distribute food, help people with food and shelter after a natural disaster, teach people self reliance, and help people find jobs and learn skills to obtain jobs, as well as helping to educate people and help them learn to take care of themselves and their families. Show more Show less

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

Jeremy Thorpe
Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the Savior of all mankind. We believe that he came to earth, taught His gospel, healed the sick, raised the dead, and all other miracles that He performed. We believe He suffered in the Garden of Gethsemane for the sins of everyone who ever lived or ever will live on the earth. Then he was scourged and crucified for us. Then 3 days later, was resurrected, which gives us the hope of a resurrection for us. Since Jesus Christ paid the price for each of us, we can become clean from our sins (Isaiah 1:18) and return to live with God someday. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Jeremy Thorpe
No, the Church is often the first group on the scene in natural disasters. The Church has one of the biggest welfare systems in the world. Many people, both of our faith and not of our faith, have been blessed through the efforts of the Church to make the world a better place. We believe that God wants us to take care of His children, regardless of age, race, religion, etc. The Church is on the earth to help people, both temporally and spiritually. Show more Show less

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

Jeremy Thorpe
People can become a member by visiting one of our many services, or by meeting with the missionaries. Then as they read the Book of Mormon and pray to know if it's true, they will feel the Holy Ghost bear witness to them that it is true, that Joseph Smith restored the Church of Jesus Christ back to the earth, and that Jesus Christ is our Savior. When people are baptized, they are blessed to be able to enjoy the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost, which guides us and warns us of danger and leads us to do what's right. It is a huge blessing in the life of anyone who receives it. Show more Show less

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

Jeremy Thorpe
Yes. In the scriptures, God repeatedly has called a prophet to guide His people and lead them to do what's right. Sometimes the people do not listen to the prophet and God takes that prophet away. The people then are usually humbled through slavery, war, famine, and other things, but that humility gives them a renewed determination to follow God. He then calls another prophet to them. God always reveals His will to the prophets, and today that is no different. Our prophet today is Thomas S. Monson. He is a man inspired of God and leads the people of the world through his example and his guidance from God. Show more Show less

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

Jeremy Thorpe
The Holy Ghost has many roles. He will testify of truth, and give us answers to our prayers. He comforts us, inspires us, brings all things to our remembrance, and can warn us of danger, both physical and spiritual. The Holy Ghost can inspire any earnest seeker of truth, but the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost can only be obtained through baptism and confirmation by someone holding the priesthood. After we have been blessed by that gift, it is then up to us to listen to His promptings and follow them. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

Jeremy Thorpe
The Holy Ghost is the third member of the Godhead, along with God and Jesus Christ. He is a personage of Spirit, which enables Him to dwell with us, and it is through the Holy Ghost that we are able to obtain answers to our prayers. The Holy Ghost guides us, comforts us, and teaches us. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Jeremy Thorpe
There is a saying that goes like this: "If you want to talk to God, pray; if you want God to talk to you, read your scriptures." That is two of the best ways to come to know our Heavenly Father. Praying to him everyday is crucial in the process. And through reading our scriptures, we can learn of God's commandments and what He wants us to do. Then as we do it, we can have a greater understanding of why God had us do it, and learn more about Him. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Jeremy Thorpe
The missionaries of the Church pay their own way out of their own funds, sometimes with the help of family members. They serve for 18 to 24 months doing this. They do it because they know that the value of the message they share is well worth the time and money it takes them to do it. The sacrifice they make is worth the result of it. Show more Show less

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Jeremy Thorpe
As you read the Book of Mormon and the Bible, you can learn more of what God wants you to do. The scriptures are valuable tools in coming to know God and His Son, Jesus Christ. Through them, we can gain a testimony of Jesus Christ and of His restored church. Through the scriptures we can increase our faith and want to repent and make changes in our lives to bring them in closer harmony with God's will. The scriptures give us knowledge about God's plan of salvation for all of His children. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Jeremy Thorpe
The prophet of the Church is chosen through revelation from God to the apostles. When one prophet passes away, usually the senior apostle is chosen to succeed them, but that decision is affirmed through revelation and a unanimous vote by all of the apostles. This system makes it so there is no contention about who the next prophet will be. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Jeremy Thorpe
Some of the main parts of the message that the missionaries will share is the restoration of the gospel, the plan of salvation, and the gospel of Jesus Christ. They will also talk about some of the commandments that God has given us and the blessings we can receive if we follow them. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Jeremy Thorpe
We need a Savior because the scriptures tell us that no unclean thing can enter into the presence of God. Since we are all human, we all make mistakes and sin sometimes. That renders us unfit for the kingdom of heaven, so we need a Savior, who acts as a mediator to help fulfill the demands of justice, but also extending us mercy at the same time. As we accept Jesus Christ into our lives and keep His commandments and do our best to follow Him, we can become cleansed from our sins through His Atonement. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Jeremy Thorpe
Families are a gift to us from God and they help us learn more of His plan for us. Families are so important that God has placed each of us in one when we first came here to earth. Our families are to help us learn and grow and build relationships with each other, and also with God. And if we do all that we are supposed to do and we are sealed in the temple, we can live forever with our families. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Jeremy Thorpe
Well, the Church blesses individuals and families. A lot of people see that the Church is very family oriented and they like that and want it for their own families. Living the gospel also brings happiness that people see in members of the Church and they want that in their own lives. To wrap that up, the Church is true and it makes people happy, knowing that God loves them and that He has a plan for them. That is basically the root of it. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Jeremy Thorpe
Both men and women have their own unique roles in the Church. The men hold the priesthood and preside over the household, while the women have the divine calling of motherhood and that of nurturing and raising children. The women's reponsibilities are just as important as the men's. That is why they both have to work together to make it to exaltation. Show more Show less

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

Jeremy Thorpe
Our faith helps us in those relationships by giving us a bigger picture, an eternal perspective. When we see the big picture we know that we can make it through our trials and that we have to work hard to get through the difficult times in life. When we have a common faith, it makes it easier to keep our families and relationships a priority in our lives. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Jeremy Thorpe
Yes, members of the Church believe that the Bible is the word of God. We believe that it contains the words of inspired prophets as well as the ministry and Atonement of the Savior Jesus Christ. We believe that the Bible is Holy Scripture, as well as the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

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

Jeremy Thorpe
Yes it is true. The Book of Mormon contains a detailed description of what He did there. You can read about it in 3 Nephi 11-26. He taught the people, healed them, blessed their children, introduced the sacrament, and many other things. Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Jeremy Thorpe
The Church is and has always been against abortion. Members are told to endorse abortions except in some rare cases such as rape or if the mother's life is in serious jeopardy. Even then the decision should be made with lots of prayer and counseling with Church leaders. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Jeremy Thorpe
Faith is the assurance or things not seen that are true. When we have faith, we believe in something and then act on it. Our faith should be centered on Jesus Christ and should lead us to do good works, in caring for others and learning to be more Christlike. Our faith in Christ gives us confidence in Him and helps us to be able to trust Him and turn to Him for help and support. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Jeremy Thorpe
The Bible contains the record of Jesus Christ, His teachings, His ministry, His gospel, and His Atonement. All of the records and prophecies in the Bible are of great value to us because we need to know about Jesus Christ to be able to have His atoning sacrifice take a part in our lives. The Bible also illustrates the need for a prophet, the priesthood, and revelation. Show more Show less

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

Jeremy Thorpe
The Atonement was when Jesus Christ suffered in the Garden of Gethsemane, was scourged and crucified on Calvary, and was resurrected 3 days later. He did this willingly because He knew that we couldn't return to live with Him and God in our sinful state, since all of us make mistakes sometimes. So He willingly suffered for all of our sins so that through Him, we can be cleansed from sin and return into God's presence if we accept Christ into our lives and try our best to become like Him. Show more Show less

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

Jeremy Thorpe
When people go to church, they usually wear something nice, or their Sunday best as some people call it. They wear something can help them maintain the spirit that should be kept while worshipping. As for holidays, we celebrate most all national and other holidays, including Christmas and Easter. Show more Show less

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Jeremy Thorpe
Well, Mormons believe that since we have the same Church on the earth as Jesus Christ's original church, that He is the founder of it. But after a time of not having any priesthood leadership to guide the church, God and Jesus Christ called a new person, Joseph Smith, to restore the church to the earth. Through him, God restored truths and the priesthood to the earth. The Church was officially restored on April 6, 1830. Show more Show less

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

Jeremy Thorpe
In "The Family: A Proclamation to the World", the roles of men and women are stated. The women in the Church are the main nurturer of families and are to work with the men to raise and teach their children. The women generally are kind and charitable, always giving service and visiting and checking in on each other. The Church does believe in equality of men and women. They are to work together to build healthy family relationships and build God's kingdom wherever they are. Show more Show less

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

Jeremy Thorpe
The word Mormon comes from the Book of Mormon, an additional book of scripture we use to support the Bible. Some of the main things that Mormons believe is that God is not silent, that He does speak today, and that we can receive personal revelation for our own personal challenges and concerns. Since God speaks to man, we also believe that we have a living prophet, like Moses, on the earth today. His name is Thomas S. Monson. We believe that we have the same organization that existed in Jesus Christ's church, with the Savior at the head, talking through the prophet and apostles. Show more Show less

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

Jeremy Thorpe
The Bible is a record of God's children in the Middle East area. He called prophets for them and those prophets wrote down their prophecies and the doings of the people in preparation for Jesus Christ, and then the Bible tells us of Christ's mortal ministry and Atonement, and what His apostles did after He ascended to heaven. The Book of Mormon is very similar in the regard that the people had prophets and they were led by those inspired men who prophesied of Jesus Christ. The main difference is that the Book of Mormon takes place in the ancient Americas. The climax of the Book of Mormon is when Jesus Christ himself came and visited these people after His resurrection. The prophets wrote their teachings in the Book of Mormon, but eventually all of the good people were killed off by all of the wicked people who apostasized from the Church. The last prophet, Moroni, buried the plates in the ground to protect them. Then, 1400 years later, Moroni appeared as an angel to Joseph Smith and told him where he had buried the plates, so Joseph could get them and translate them by the power of God. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Jeremy Thorpe
We perform baptisms for the dead for those who have passed away who have not had the opportunity to hear and accept the gospel of Jesus Christ during their lifetime. Since we are all children of God and he is a fair God, he gives everyone an equal chance to accept the gospel. In the New Testament, we learn that Christ preached to the spirits in Spirit Prison for the 3 days between the Crucifixion and Resurrection. But since some ordinances, such as baptism, are physical ordinances, the spirits there can't do them. So that is why we do it vicariously for them so that they can enjoy the blessings from those ordinances. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Jeremy Thorpe
Back in the time of the Old Testament, the people were required to sacrifice. They sacrificed animals such as lambs and rams and so forth. In today's world, God requires a different kind of sacrifice. We pay our tithing as part of a sacrifice, but He also asks us to give of our time and energy to build up His kingdom. The leaders of the Church on local and general levels are fulfilling their duty to God by serving in various positions without being paid for it. They are giving freely with no expectation of material reimbursement, although the spiritual blessings for serving in any calling are great. 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?

Jeremy Thorpe
Temples are some of the most sacred places on earth. There is work done there that is vital to Heavenly Father's plan of salvation. Some of the things that go on there are marriage for time and all eternity, baptisms for the dead, and places where people learn more about the plan of salvation and make more covenants associated with it. These covenants are very important and sacred, and that is why only worthy, prepared members of the Church are allowed to enter and make them. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Jeremy Thorpe
God is our loving Heavenly Father. He loves us infinitely, and He possesses all good attributes, such as love, patience, justice, mercy, knowledge, etc. to a perfect extent. He loves us unconditionally and wants us to return to live with Him again. For this reason He came up with a perfect plan for us to return to live with him. We also believe that He has a body like ours, but it is in an immortal and perfected state. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Jeremy Thorpe
Temples are places where worthy prepared members of the Church go to make sacred covenants with God. They are very sacred and holy. They are houses of the Lord. They are also a place of worship. Some of the things that go on in the temple are marriages for all eternity, baptisms for the dead, and places where members learn more about the plan of salvation. Show more Show less

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Jeremy Thorpe
Husbands and wives are to work together in raising children. Families are the most important social unit, and thus, parents' highest priority is raising their children in the gospel. The husbands are to provide for the family and assist in teaching the children, and the wives are to nurture and raise their kids in the right way. The whole family is to work together to make home a heaven on earth. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Jeremy Thorpe
We baptize our new members because we believe that we are the only church that has the priesthood and the proper authority to baptize people. A lot of people are baptized previously into another church, but without the proper authority, it isn't completely valid. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Jeremy Thorpe
A main part of the Mormon lifestyle is trying to live according to God's commandments and also trying to help those around us. Service is a big part of what we do. We also go to church, try to pray and study the scriptures every day. We spend a lot of time with our families as well. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Jeremy Thorpe
Attending church is something where all members and visitors are welcome to come and visit. We partake of the sacrament. The temple, however, is attended only by worthy, prepared members of the Church. The things we do in the temple are more sacred, although both places and services are very important. Show more Show less

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

Jeremy Thorpe
After we die, our spirits will separate from our bodies. Our physical bodies die, but our spirits return to God where we will continue to progress and learn. We will remain there until the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, and all of us will be resurrected, that is, our spirits and bodies will again reunite and our bodies will be in perfect form, and no longer be suceptible to sickness and death. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Jeremy Thorpe
The priesthood is the authority to act in God's name for the benefit of man. All worthy men of the church can hold the priesthood. As priesthood holders, they bless the sick, lead meetings in the Church, and perform ordinances. Worthy fathers also use the priesthood to bless their families. They are expected to remain worthy to hold the priesthood. The priesthood is a blessing to those who use it and also to those who benefit from it. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Jeremy Thorpe
Most of the people who call the Church a cult simply don't understand what the Church is. Because the Church is "unorthodox" because we don't hold a lot of the same basic beliefs about God. People also tend to spread falsehoods about the Church that a lot of people believe. That is one reason that spreading the gospel throughout the world is so important, so that we can dispel myths about the Church. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

Jeremy Thorpe
When we die, and after we are all resurrected at the second coming of Jesus Christ, we will be judged of all our works and the good we have done in our lives. If we did our best during our life to accept and follow the teachings of Jesus Christ and to try our best to become like Him, if we applied His Atonement to our lives to become clean from our sins, then we will inherit eternal life, which is the greatest of all the gifts of God. Eternal life is to live with God in the place where He lives. There we will also live with those of our family who also qualify to be there. It is a place of endless happiness. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Jeremy Thorpe
The Word of Wisdom is a law of health from God. He revealed it to Joseph Smith in 1833. It talks about how we should take care of our bodies because they are a gift to us from God. It tells us to avoid things such as alcohol, tea, coffee, tobacco and illegal drugs. We are also supposed to eat healthy and get enough sleep. Living the Word of Wisdom brings many blessings, physically, mentally, and spiritually. Show more Show less

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

Jeremy Thorpe
Yes, marriage is designed to last through eternity, not just for this time on earth. The family unit will continue on through eternity if sealed together through the sealing power found only in the temples. As such, we need to treat our family relationships as if they will last forever. That gives us a bigger, more eternal perspective. Show more Show less

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Jeremy Thorpe
The welfare system of the Church is to take care of those who are poor and needy. We try to help people become self-reliant through helping them provide until they can provide by themselves. The welfare system also prepares for disasters around the world. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is almost always one of the first groups to respond to natural disasters and provide food, clothing, and shelter. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Jeremy Thorpe
We increase our faith by doing things that bring us closer to God, such as reading the scriptures, praying, attending church, and keeping the other commandments. Some of the prophets have compared faith to a muscle of our arm. If we use it, it gets stronger. If we let it sit, it gets weaker. That's why the gospel moves us to action. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Jeremy Thorpe
Mormons are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. We get the name Mormons from the Book of Mormon, which is another testament of Jesus Christ, to be a second witness to the Bible in testifying that Jesus is the Christ. Mormons believe in Jesus Christ, that He is our Savior and Redeemer. We also believe that God has called a modern-day prophet to guide His people. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Jeremy Thorpe
The law of chastity is God's law of sexual purity. This is very important to God. In Alma 39 we read that sexual sin is one of the most abominable kinds of sin. The law of chastity forbids sexual relations of any kind outside of marriage. It also forbids pornography, homosexuality, and anything else that brings up those kind of feelings outside of a legal marriage. God will bless us with self-control and greater family relationships as we follow this law. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Jeremy Thorpe
We can stop pornography by not allowing it anywhere we have an influence to stop it. Do not let it into your homes. Encourage others to shun it. But this is not enough. We have to raise a voice against it. Satan is hurting so many individuals and families with it. We have to let people know that it is not ok. The more we stand against it, the less power it will give Satan. If we all stand together and let our voice be heard, together we can resist pornography. And not only that, but we can reverse the overwhelming tide of immorality that it is bringing into our communities. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Jeremy Thorpe
We are saved throught the merits, mercy, and grace of Jesus Christ. We cannot return to live with God without the saving grace of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Although our complete dependency on Jesus Christ does not eliminate personal responsibility. We still have to repent of our sins and try to live Christlike lives. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Jeremy Thorpe
Families are so important because God gave us our families because that is the best way we can learn and grow spiritually. Families are the most important social unit in society, and we believe that we can be together with our families for all eternity. This helps us strive to make our family relationships as happy as possible. Show more Show less

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

Jeremy Thorpe
The main meeting is called sacrament meeting. This is where we partake of the bread and water (the sacrament). There are hymns, prayers, some preassigned members of the congregation who will give talks. There is no paid clergy in the Church. After that meeting, the congregation will split into age groups, with the children and the youth having their own special classes more oriented toward their age group. After that, the men and women have their own classes that talk about their roles in the church and how they can apply gospel principles to their lives and that of their families. We hold our services on Sunday. We invite any visitors to come participate in our worship services. 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.

Jeremy Thorpe
In the book of Ephesians in the New Testament, Paul taught that the church had a foundation prophets and apostles. Jesus Christ called 12 apostles to be the foundation when He left. When Judas died, the gap in the 12 apostles was filled by Matthias, which shows how important it is to have 12. Since we believe we have the same church as when Jesus Christ organized His church, we need those apostles. They also receive revelation for the Church, which helps guide us to do God's will. Show more Show less

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Jeremy Thorpe
Chastity all begins with our thoughts. If we don't have clean thoughts, it is a lot harder to have clean actions. Modesty can keep our thoughts where they need to be and not bring unclean thoughts. Parents can teach this to their children by being an example. The can also teach their children about the importance of keeping the law of chastity and how to do that. Show more Show less

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Jeremy Thorpe
Being self-reliant is important because in the event of an emergency, we need to be able to take care of our families first, and then be able to help others as much as we can. You cannot help other people if you are not prepared yourself. There is a scripture in the Doctrine and Covenants that says "If you are prepared you shall not fear." We need to be prepared to take care of our families if the need arises. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Jeremy Thorpe
Yes, we are Christians. It is right in the official name of the Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We believe in Christ, we preach of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, and we teach our families about Him as well. We believe that He suffered and died for us, and was resurrected on the third day. He did this that we might return to live with God again with our families. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Jeremy Thorpe
The main steps in knowing that Mormonism is true is to read from the Book of Mormon, study it out, ponder the message it contains, and then ask God, the source of all truth and knowledge, if it is true. Through the power of the Holy Ghost, you will be able to recognize your answer. In Galatians we read that the fruits of the Spirit are love, joy, peace, longsuffering, etc. So when you pray if you feel any of these things, that is the Holy Ghost bearing witness to you that the Church and the Book of Mormon are true. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Jeremy Thorpe
At times, God has commanded plural marriage for some people. David, Solomon, and Jacob all had more than one wife. There is a scripture in the Book of Mormon in Jacob chapter 2 that says that monogamy is the rule and polygamy is the exception. God commanded plural marriage in the early days of the church, although only those authorized could practice it, and it was even then under close supervision of the Church. 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?

Jeremy Thorpe
There are no restrictions on who may join the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We welcome all who want to follow Jesus Christ and are willing to keep His commandments. The priesthood is not limited by race or color either. Any worthy man in the Church can hold the priesthood. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Jeremy Thorpe
The Church's attitude about homosexuality is that it is a sin. It is a violation of the law of chastity to participate in homosexual behavior. Although some people in the Church have tendencies, they are to use their agency to choose not to act on those. We reach out to those who have trouble with homosexuality, and try to help them overcome it, and we love them as children of God. As some people say: love the sinner, hate the sin. Show more Show less