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Hi I'm Jeremy

I love urban exploring. I play violin, french horn, and guitar. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a college student at BYU in Provo, UT. I am studying business, and I hope to get an MPA after I finish my undergraduate studies. My dream career is to do either government or non profit humanitarian work in Africa. I am enlisted in the Utah Army National Guard and I just (Sept 11) contracted with BYU's ROTC program. I play the violin, french horn, and a little bit of guitar. I also sing, basically all the time. I mostly listen to alternative rock music, with some slightly older stuff mixed in, like Chicago, Foreigner, Styx, and Earth Wind and Fire.

Why I am a Mormon

I love being a member of the LDS church. I was baptized by my dad when I turned eight, and grew up going to sunday school every week. I also grew up reading the scriptures with my family. My mom and dad would always read to us, and then as my siblings and I grew up and learned to read, we would also take turns reading. We rotated between reading the Book of Mormon, the New Testament, and the Old Testament. I loved doing that. I remember when Gordon B. Hinckley challenged the membership of the church to read the Book of Mormon from cover to cover in one year. It was my junior/senior year of high school, and I took it pretty seriously. I had read the Book of Mormon previously, and I knew the stories and the message. I also believed in Christ. With that background, I remember praying as I finished the Book of Mormon and asking God if it was true. I felt good, kind of how I usually feel when I pray, but it didn't seem like anything incredibly special. Then, I had this idea come to my mind (and I believe that the idea was inspired by the Holy Ghost). I just thought, 'You already know that the book is true." As I realized that, it wasn't really groundbreaking or earth shattering. It was just a little realization that strengthened my faith. Because of my good upbringing and experiences with the scriptures, I have always tried to make the right decisions. I haven't been perfect, and I have had to repent of the errors I have made, but I know that Christ came to make such repentance possible. He also died for us so that he could understand our individual hardships and difficulties; this means he can support and comfort us in our most difficult times. With His help, my live has always been a success. It hasn't always been easy, but I always get through difficult times successfully. God has never left me alone. And I have never strayed far from his teachings. I know that true happiness comes from doing the will of God, our Father in Heaven.

How I live my faith

In my congregation I work with other single adults to organize Monday evening get togethers that we call Home Evening. We gather in groups and have songs, prayers, food, and fun. It is a quick little thing on Monday night, but it makes a difference in the lives of the church members. Also, it is nice to have this Home Evening group, because it gives each church member a bit of a support structure--there is always someone looking out for me, and I am always looking out for the others. We support and strengthen each other. This kind of Home Evening interaction might be specific to singles congregations, but within a regular family ward, there are still support structures and friendships that make the difficulties of life more endurable, and the good times in life more enjoyable. There are also lots of activities that are planned--either specifically for the men or women, or organized for the whole congregation. Inevitably there is food, and they are always enjoyable, faith-promoting experiences.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

I love the temple. It is a great place to go and I go every week. A lot of people seem to wonder why only certain people are allowed in the temples. The fact is, anyone can go in, you just have to be willing to meet certain conditions. Anyone who is a member of the church in good standing can receive a recommend (a little card like a drivers license) to be able to enter the temple. Just like there are things you have to do to be able to get a drivers license, there are also things you must do to have a recommend. The temple is a very special, holy place. You feel the Spirit of the Lord more strongly than you can in any other place. In order to maintain that special, spiritual feeling, we only go in the temple if we are pure. We are not allowed in the temple if we are not living certain standards of physical, moral, and spiritual worthiness. If I were not a member of the church, or if I were not worthy to enter the temple, I would respect what the church is trying to create by having this special sacred place. The temple is clean and white inside, symbolic of how we want our lives to be--clean and pure. When I am at the temple, my thoughts are uncluttered, and I am able to relax. I don't worry about the world outside of the temple and all the things I need to do. It is a great way to relax while thinking about the things of God. Show more Show less

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

I have many gay friends. Their decisions do not affect me directly, and I love them and care about them. I also disagree with them. It is okay to have disagreements. My belief in God and the Bible is the foundation for my disagreement regarding homosexuality. This does not mean that I treat gays differently or talk badly about them. I just disagree. This is the position that many church members are in. Sometimes we are called bigots because of our different beliefs. I think this is very sad. I try very hard to be openminded and fair in my treatment of others. Just because I disagree with those that choose a homosexual lifestyle does not mean that I deserve the same mistreatment that gays themselves have faced throughout history. The church's standpoint on homosexuality is simple. We believe that God wants man to be with woman. We believe that sexual intimacy should take place only between men and women that are legally and lawfully wedded. This belief is unpopular and uncommon at this point in history, but I believe that this is what God wants and expects from us. I love the Lord and I want to do what pleases him. I do not change my beliefs based on what is popular in society. My opinions and beliefs are independent of what my friends, parents, or pastors tell me. I try to make my decisions based on the Bible and based on my relationship with my Creator. Show more Show less