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Hi I'm Pam Jones

I have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since Feb. 1986.

About Me

I was born in Savannah, Georgia, but was raised in Lewiston, Idaho. My favorite memories as a child were playing with the neighbor kids, going camping, raising animals (calves and chickens), helping in the garden, and going to my grandparents' house. As an adult I love being a mother and grandmother. I have worked as a waitress and secretary and had my own sewing business and later designed web sites. I am currently a Family History Consultant and enjoy spending time with my grandkids. My husband and I were married in 1992. Between us we have five children and 11 grandchildren. I enjoy any kind of craft project, sewing, working in my yard, and camping. I also enjoy working on my family history. Someday I would like to travel to the places that my ancestors came from.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a Christian home but I always felt that there was something more that I wasn't being taught. I had many questions and could never get satisfactory answers to those questions. One day I was talking with a new friend about spiritual issues. I asked her which church she went to and she said she was LDS. I had heard somewhere that Mormons were devil worshipers, yet she and I felt the same way about a lot of issues. She started giving me literature and a Book of Mormon to read. She contacted the LDS Missionaries and they started teaching me and my children. I was challenged to pray about the Book of Mormon to know if it was true or not. My prayer that night was that I wanted to know without doubt whether the Book of Mormon was true. If it was true I wanted to know with every fiber of my being and if it wasn't true I wanted to know that with every fiber of my being. My prayer was answered and I did know without a shadow of a doubt that the Book of Mormon was true scripture and if the Book of Mormon was true then Joseph Smith had to be a prophet of God. I was challenged to be baptized. This was a very difficult decision for me. I was very close to the people I had been going to church with. During the past couple of years I had gone through some very trying times. The people from church were there with me all the way and sacrificed much of themselves to help me carry my burdens. I felt that I was turning my back on them, yet I knew what I had to do. I chose to be baptized. I knew that God knew that I knew that the LDS Church was God's true church. I could not deny that and I couldn't turn my back on what I knew to be true.

How I live my faith

Every year I am in charge of putting together a live nativity for the community with many different churches participating. This has given me an opportunity to let those of other faiths know that we do believe in Jesus Christ. It has also opened doors for me to talk with others more about what we believe. My grandchildren come to our house after school on Monday nights. We have a scripture lesson and treats. Many times we have some of their friends here also. Sometimes the kids will give the lessons or fix the treats. This gives them the opportunity to make presentations and to work together. I am a Family History Consultant in the Family History Center. As a consultant I am able to help others learn how to search for their ancestors and gain the blessings that come with that. I am active in Kiwanis and try to participate where ever I can in my community.

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

Pam Jones
I have been in the habit of studying my scriptures every day most of my adult life. Before I was baptized into the LDS church, I only studied the Bible (King James Version) because that was the only scripture I knew about. Now I study the Holy Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price. We study one set of scriptures each year during Gospel Doctrine class on Sundays. Each day I study a portion of the lesson for the week. For example if we are studying the Old Testament, I study the lesson for that week. I also study our lesson for Relief Society and, if I am teaching a class, I study that lesson. I have found that my days go so much smoother when I kneel in prayer and study my scriptures before I leave my bedroom for the day. I always allow time for this most important activity to me. I need the power and inner strength I receive to help me deal with the everyday situations that come up. When I study my scriptures I learn more about my Savior, Jesus Christ, and my Heavenly Father. I have a much more personal relationship with them. I know them and they know me. I know I can go to my Heavenly Father in prayer and I will receive answers to my pressing questions and situations I deal with in this life. I know that Heavenly Father does answer our prayers. I also know that the only way to really know them is to learn about them and the only way to learn about them is to read, study and ponder their words. Show more Show less

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

Pam Jones
Oh, yes, I do believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today! And I am very grateful there is a living prophet today. Before I found the LDS church I had asked various pastors why we didn't have a prophet to lead us today. Aren't we important to God anymore that he wouldn't provide us with one true leader that would guide us, especially before the Second Coming when all of the calamities and such happens? I asked who we were supposed to follow? Would this church follow this pastor and that church would follow that pastor? I was always told that we don't need a prophet because we have the Bible. That confused me even more because I saw so many different religions taking bits and pieces of the Bible and focusing on that without regard to the other principles in the Bible. I couldn't find a "religion" that practiced all of the principles together, how would we know who in the world to follow when the time came. I have found that we do have a prophet to guide us today. He does lead us in the right direction and teaches us what we need to know. I am grateful that God has sent living prophets in our day when we so desperately need someone to lead us and teach us gospel principles. Show more Show less

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

Pam Jones
Tithing isn't just a "Mormon" principle. The commandment to tithe has been given to ALL Christians. My question is "Why don't other churches teach the law of tithing?" I have been tithing most of my adult life. I didn't grow up in the LDS church and I wasn't really taught to tithe. The church I grew up in passed around an offering plate during the church service and my Mom would give me a quarter to put in. That was my lesson on tithing. As I was studying my scriptures (the Bible only at that time) I read about the law of tithing and decided to start giving to the church I was attending. I am so grateful that I did. I was really struggling financially when my children were little. I have had a tank of gas last a whole month, even with my normal driving. I have had a gallon of milk last all month even with us drinking it every day. I know that when I pay tithing my needs are met even when I can't meet them by myself. Something always comes through. I can promise that when we are blessed when we follow the commandment to tithe. In the LDS church there is no offering plate that is passed during the service. We willingly put our tithes and fast offerings in a "tithing envelope" and hand it to our Bishop. We not only pay 10% of our increase in tithing, we also fast for two meals one day each month and give the money that would have been used for food as a fast offering to help the poor and needy. Not a penny of tithing goes to pay our clergy. They all have regular jobs. Show more Show less