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Hi I'm Jack

I'm a free thinking individual who wants to share with you why I joined this church, and why I believe you should do the same.

About Me

I had a troubled childhood; at the age of 2 our already small family fragmented, leaving me with no father and a loving albeit wounded mother. The following years unraveled like a movie reel my mother and I wading from one bad situation to another. Some of these hard times seemed unfairly imposed on us, some we fell prey to by way of our actions. Though not entirely devoid of happiness, looking back I feel lucky to be alive. To make a short story even shorter, I learned a lot from my childhood experiences. As tumultuous as the first couple decades of my life were, it helped shape me into who I am today. I know I'm by no means a finished product. I've made mistakes, and continue to make mistakes. What keeps me going is the knowledge that every mistake I've made is within my power to change by simply focusing on what I am doing. Right now, my priority is on making the Church my priority- I recognize that by seeking to grow in my understanding of church doctrine and how I can apply it in my life that I will be more successful in everything I do.

Why I am a Mormon

There were many reasons that drove me to become a Mormon. The first was my ability to recognize this church for what it is- an institute designed to help people embrace their potential for good. I realized soon after the opportunity to become baptized presented itself, that choosing to join this church was the right choice no matter how I looked at it. The purpose of the Mormon church is to help improve the quality of life not only for it's members, but for all man kind. Empirical evidence aside, this was something that seemed worth hoping for, a lifestyle worth embracing. As my understanding of the church grew, this wonderful ideal proved itself to be a reality. By seeking to understand and apply this church's mission, I have witnessed drastic improvements not only in my own life, but the lives of all those willing to exercise any degree of faith in this churches teachings. All my experiences have only served to affirm my belief that this church is central to understanding one's existence, and embracing one's full potential.

How I live my faith

The manner in which this church asks it's members to apply their efforts is so fundamentally flawless, I constantly marvel that such a high mark could be achieved through such simple means. I make it my goal to ensure that I am praying and reading scriptures daily, seeking out ways to magnify my calling as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and attending as many church gatherings as I can. I believe that the members of this church are as much there for you as you are there for them; surrounding yourself with individuals who have a sound understanding of the church and it's doctrine will serve to increase one's ability to understand/apply it, and vice versa. Even whilst having a firm testimony of this church and it's works, I have to constantly strive to maintain my worthiness. When I find myself falling short of the mark, I attempt to understand the nature of my transgression through prayer and fasting, until I am humble enough to seek forgiveness. I know that the people who've had the largest impact on me as I've grown in my understanding of what this church stands for were members who lived the faith, and it was shown in their countenance- the words they used, their readiness to affirm and uplift, their genuine smiles and soft spoken mannerisms belied an inner peace comparable to that of a bodhisattva. I hope one day to achieve a similar level of understanding, and I believe the most sure way to do so is through observing the precepts of this church.

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

Some of the world's most brilliant scientific minds have been uncovering the wisdom found in the koans and commandments that many ancient religious texts propose to be girding the path to enlightenment. The Word of Wisdom falls into that same category, instruction realized through prayer and revelation. This commandment allows us to become more sensitive to the spirit as well as providing a clearly defined method to maintain a healthy lifestyle. By obeying this simple commandment one invites opportunities to receive personal revelation as well as promoting the clarity needed to act on it. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

The priesthood is the authority to act in God's name. It's essentially permission to do his work, and it's confered in a manner that He's approved of. When I think of the priesthood, I think of it like an internship. We've been extended an oppertunity to work for God. As members of the priesthood, we serve others with belssings and baptisims, we represent God, answering questions and providing guidance as we are called to do so. It's meant for the people we serve as much as it's meant for us though. As we serve in the priesthood, we learn to value the oppertunities we have as members of the priesthood, and develop a genuine love for the people we're serving, love being key to acting beyond ones own capacity. I beleive that this is the purpose of the priesthood. We're called seve in capacities which would normally be out of reach, but have been extended to us so that we may become more intune with the love that manifests most purely in the extension of divine charity. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

One of the previous prophets spoke of the importance of the family as being the reason why we have the church. The church serves as a scaffolding for the growth required to develop whatever skills we need as the leading figures in our homes. If we're to be good parents, we must have our hearts and minds in the right place. Being a parent is one of the highest callings we can receive, and it is a calling once ordained we're never released from. Children are the future- they represent the infinite potential for good we can have on the world. They are also the greatest blessing one can receive; they serve to push our capacity to love beyond it's limits, allowing us to grow closer to that ideal example that Christ has set for us. Families are amazing, truly one of God's greatest gifts to his children. Show more Show less

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

Engaging in same same-sex relationships, or even identifying yourself by your sexual orientation can confuse your potential and leave others confused as to theirs. You are a child of Heavenly parents, and central to this mortal experience is the opportunity to prepare for and experience the joy of parenthood. As we adopt eternal perspectives, we can make room in our hearts to know for ourselves the truth that we will eventually be able to overcome any trial we face. The difficulty of choosing sides in this struggle often takes a tremendous amount of faith and hope, but we can know that striving to obey the commandments is the best thing we can do. The difficulties we face here were given us by a Heavenly Father whose love for us is unconditional. We do not see people who have these desires as evil, but choose to acknowledge within ourselves that by acting on them and internalizing them they will deprive us of precious agency. We invite all to do the same. Marriage is the path by which we are called to serve future generations- a union that magnifies the bringing into this world beings to whom it's granted the opportunity to experience their own changes of heart. Yours and that of your children. You are apart of a plan that can help people find the support we all need to be unified. Show more Show less