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Hi I'm John

I'm John. I've been married to Katy for just over a year and enjoy doing just about anything with her. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My interests include playing basketball with my co-workers, following politics, playing nerdy board games and shopping on craigslist.com. As I said in my introduction however, my favorite thing to do is just hang out with my wife. We have a great time together.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints because it makes me happy. Nobody forced me to join and nobody makes me participate or live the commandments I believe come from God. God has revealed the answers to the great questions: Who am I? Did I exist before I was born? What is the purpose of our fragile existence? What happens to me when I die? We study the answers to these questions at church each week and it renews my faith in an all knowing all loving God.

How I live my faith

Jesus Christ said, "My kingdom is not of this world." No wonder Christians who strive to live as Christ taught might seem odd compared with the social "norms" of our day. I serve as a councilor to the Bishop of our ward (congregation) and I have the responsibility to oversee the activities of our youth group. As I work with these incredible young people, I'm amazed at how much faith and devotion to the Lord they exhibit. More than ever before, they stand out for their strict adherence to laws sexual purity, for respecting God given gift of their bodies by abstaining from the harmful substances and by their modest dress standards. These stances are not popular, but so often, these kids are so popular and happy. They are a great example and strength to me. I feel like they lead me as much as I lead them.

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

John
Missionaries from church will share with you the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In a nutshell it is this. There is a God who created this earth and us, his Spirit children. We came here to learn by our own experience, good from evil. Jesus Christ paid the price for our sins and we can be forgiven through faith in Him and His sacrifice (atonement). Throughout time God has called prophets to reveal the details of his plan to us. In 1820 He and His Beloved Son visited Joseph Smith and called him to restore the truths of the Gospel that had been lost with martyrdom of the Apostles that Christ had called to preside over His Church following his resurrection and ascension into Heaven. Joseph Smith restored the Church of Jesus Christ and its members are known as the Saints of the Latter days. Joseph Smith was given power to translate an ancient book of scripture, published today as the Book of Mormon. (The source of our nickname) It is an additional witness to the message of the Bible and points all men to Jesus as the only source of salvation. This book has helped me to know that God is real, that Jesus loves me and is ready to forgive and help me to change. I know the book was given by God and, like the Holy Bible, it is true. Show more Show less

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

John
I believe the Holy Bible is the word of God as far as it is translated correctly. My favorite scripture is in the Bible. It is 1st Kings 18:21. "And Elijah came unto the people, and said, How long halt ye between tow opinions? If the Lord be God, "follow him; but Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word." This scriptures helps to remind me of my core belief in God and the reason I do all the things he has asked me to do. He is either real or he is not. There can be no middle ground in my mind. Because he is real, I trust him, I have faith that I can overcome my mistakes because of the Atonement of His Son, Jesus Christ and be admitted into their presence when I die. Show more Show less