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Hi I'm John

I'm a Mormon, with a great interest in volunteering my time with the Boy Scouts of America.

About Me

I am what many would consider a typical "American". I work hard, try to be a good citizen. I travel a lot and am always interested in learning about others and their beliefs and culture. I am active in outdoor sports like hunting, fishing, hiking, skiing and camping.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a mormon, not because I have four generations preceding me in the faith as one might presume. But rather because I exercised faith on my own volition and discovered this was also a path to knowledge. Knowledge about spiritual matters and knowledge about my relationship to God and his Son. This knowledge allows me to consider Jesus Christ as the literal Son of God and my personal redeemer.

How I live my faith

I try to obey the commandments taught in the scriptures in my daily life and interactions with others in all walks of life.

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

People often visit LDS worship services on Sunday to satisfy their own curiosity or as a response to an invitation from a friend or acquaintance. Such visits are welcome. Visitors to a worship service in the main chapel (sacrament meeting) would observe: Most who attend regularly wear "Sunday Best" attire. While not a requirement, it does show respect and helps set the Sabbath day apart from other days of the week. Children are always part of the congregation. Some see this as an irreverent addition; others see it as opportunity to teach reverence to the next generation. The sacrament (communion) is administered and passed to the congregation by priesthood holders who might be as young as 12 years of age. Sermons are given by members of the congregation who have been asked to speak on a particular topic. There is often two such sermons lasting about 20 min each. Typical topics might be: Building Faith; Living a Christian life in the 21st Century; Enrichment through scripture study; Fidelity; The consequences of sin; etc. Several hymns are sung by the congregation. Occasionally special musical numbers are performed by members or special choirs made up of sub-groups from within the membership. No one "passes the plate" or asks for donations to be made during the meeting. The meeting lasts about 70 min There is no "formal" gathering after the meeting. Fellowship among members happens spontaneously in the hallways and foyers after the meeting has been concluded. Show more Show less