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Hi I'm John.

My name is John Deming. I come from a small town in New York. I'm a student, a missionary, a poet, a musician, and a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Buffalo, New York and moved to a small town in Southern New York when I was four years old. I spent most of my life there and graduated high school in that area a few years ago. Currently, I am a student at Brigham Young University, trying to figure out what field of study to pursue. My interests include performing, poetry, philosophy, politics, and music. I have also dabbled in acting and stand-up comedy in the past. Generally speaking, I love people. I enjoy sharing ideas and learning about what makes people think the way they do. At the moment, I am serving a full-time mission for the Church. I'm in the Provo Missionary Training Center preparing to serve in Santiago, Chile.

Why I am a Mormon

That is a very interesting question. I think lots of people who choose to continue in the faith in which they are raised have some insecurities at first; it can sometimes feel as though you are just going through the motions or taking the path of least resistance. I made it a personal goal during my teenage years not to fall into that trap; I was not going to let myself belong to a church that I did not wholeheartedly believe in, especially one which seemed to have so many rules and expectations. I remember the first time I read the Book of Mormon on my own. It was not some earth-shattering or ground-breaking experience, but rather an experience of calm yet powerful affirmation of my faith. I did not have to see a vision or start speaking in tongues; the calm, peaceful voice of the Spirit was all the witness I needed. One of the great things about the gospel and the church is that I don't have to base my entire testimony on that one occurrence, even though I would feel justified in doing so. I have had multitudes of witnesses from the Spirit of the truth of this church during church meetings, at the temple, at church-sponsored events, and during everyday life. In short, I believe in this church for the same reason that I believe in math, science, or history: it's true. I am also grateful to be part of a faith that values individual witness and curiosity, and that welcomes and encourages its members to seek truth independent of the testimonies of other people.

How I live my faith

The way we should live is outlined for us in the scriptures and through modern-day prophets and leaders. I try to follow their counsel and encourage others to do the same by living an honest, chaste, and kind life. I'm certainly far from perfect, but I feel a need to strive to live these values to the best of my ability. In general, my faith focuses on showing love to God and to others. There are certainly other aspects to it, but the basic heart and center of my religion is following the teachings of Jesus Christ: loving the people around me, showing mercy and respect, forgiving, and living with humility and faith in keeping the commandments. These are the basic areas I strive to address as I go about living my faith. Attendance at meetings and service opportunities within the Church help me draw closer to God and Christ by helping me to continually grow in knowledge and understanding. They also bless the lives of other people and allow me to cultivate Christlike charity and true discipleship.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

John.
We want everyone to know what we know because of how wonderful it is. We do it out of love for people and a desire to follow our Savior, Jesus Christ, who has asked us to spread his message to the world. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

John.
The Book of Mormon has many authors; it is an account of two civilizations written by various prophets who each added their own experiences, observations, and testimonies of the Savior, Jesus Christ. A large part of the records that make up the Book of Mormon was abridged and compiled by a prophet named Mormon, which explains the name of the book. Each of these prophets knew about the plan for humanity laid out by Heavenly Father and testified of it. The Book of Mormon is a second witness, along with the Bible, of the divinity of Jesus Christ and the truth of His gospel. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

John.
Throughout the scriptures, including the Bible and the Book of Mormon, God has called prophets to lead the people and stand as special witnesses of His Son, Jesus Christ. Currently, the prophet and president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is President Thomas S. Monson. President Monson has two counselors who assist him (together, they form the "First Presidency"), and the Lord has also called apostles in our day, like He did in the Bible. The members of First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles are all apostles and prophets who give instruction and guidance to the Church. Show more Show less