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Hi I'm Jeff

Born in New Hampshire, live in California, currently in Edmonton, ever a Mormon!

About Me

I am currently serving a mission in the Canada Edmonton Mission. I am currently in the Belmead Ward in the Riverbend Stake, Edmonton, Alberta. On one hand, I'm an only child. On the other, I have 4 stepsiblings. I go by both. Yes, I'm really tall, but no, I don't play basketball. I did for a few years back in middle school, and I've thought about playing when I return home. I love music and sports. Baseball is my favorite sport. I listen to Rock and Metal music, and LOVE going to concerts. I am a living example of the power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

This Church is true. It is the Restored Church of Jesus Christ. It is HIS Gospel and Church, not mans. I have been able to come to know that for myself through much study and prayer. Sure, I didn't always know whether or not this was the right path or the right way to go, but I do now, and that is what matters. What happens in the past can stay in the past because of the Atoning Sacrifice of Jesus Christ. The Book of Mormon is the word of God. Joseph Smith was the first prophet called in this dispensation. He did see God the Father and Jesus Christ. Thomas S. Monson is the Lord's chosen Prophet on the Earth today. This Church is led by constant and current revelation from Christ. I know all these things for sure, and anybody can know for themselves. It requires a bit of effort, a bit of humility, and a true desire to know. You can pray about all of them as you learn more about them, and through the power of the Holy Ghost, "you may know the truth of all things" (Moroni 10:5). I am a member of The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-day Saints (or "Mormon") because I do know that these things are true.

How I live my faith

I am currently serving the Lord Jesus Christ as His Full-Time Missionary. For two years starting in August of 2012, I am here in Canada to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ both in word and action. From 10am to 9pm every day, I participate in service projects, sit down with people in their homes to teach them about Christ, attend meetings and try to help those around me by being a Christ-like example. It has been the most rewarding experience. I have had the wonderful chance to see the Atonement of Jesus Christ in action, as not only I strive to continue being better, but seeing people change their lives to come closer to Him and experience forgiveness for their sins.

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Jeff
Joseph Smith received revelation from God in 1833 pertaining to a "code of health", known today as the Word of Wisdom. To summarize, it states that "wine and strong drinks" are not good, "tobacco is not for the body", and so on. This all includes no alcohol, no tobacco (smoke or chew), no drugs, no coffee or tea, and to keep your body healthy. We are promised great blessings if we follow this commandment. Doctrine and Covenants section 89:18-21 reads, "18 And all saints who remember to keep and do these sayings, walking in obedience to the commandments, shall receive health in their navel and marrow to their bones; 19 And shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures; 20 And shall run and not be weary, and shall walk and not faint. 21 And I, the Lord, give unto them a promise, that the destroying angel shall pass by them, as the children of Israel, and not slay them. Amen." Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Jeff
As with everything, God has the final word. The First Presidency issued a statement in 1973 regarding abortion. We believe that the prophets are divinely inspired by God, and that they will never lead us astray, therefore we should take their words as scripture. “The Church opposes abortion and counsels its members not to submit to or perform an abortion except in the rare cases where, in the opinion of competent medical counsel, the life or good health of the mother is seriously endangered or where the pregnancy was caused by rape and produces serious emotional trauma in the mother. Even then it should be done only after counseling with the local presiding priesthood authority and after receiving divine confirmation through prayer.” Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Jeff
Mormon was a prophet in ancient times that was commanded by the Lord to take the records of many people and abridge them into one book. This book today is known as the Book of Mormon, named after him. We believe this to be the "most correct of any book on the Earth, and the keystone of our religion." However, we are not actually called Mormons. That is just a mainstream nickname given to the church because our official name, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is quite lengthy. Jesus stated in 3 Nephi 8:27, "And how be it my church save it be called in my name? For if a church be called in Moses’ name then it be Moses’ church; or if it be called in the name of a man then it be the church of a man; but if it be called in my name then it is my church, if it so be that they are built upon my gospel." Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Jeff
Of course not! It really doesn't matter where you are from or what color your skin is. The only things that matter are the content of your character. If you are worth to be baptized and live the gospel according to it's principles, then you are worthy to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Official Declaration 2, found in the Doctrine and Covenants, states "Every faithful, worthy man in the Church may receive the holy priesthood, with power to exercise its divine authority, and enjoy with his loved ones every blessing that flows therefrom, including the blessings of the temple. Accordingly, all worthy male members of the Church may be ordained to the priesthood without regard for race or color.” As long as you are worthy, you can be any nationality. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Jeff
Asking if "Mormons" are Christians is like asking if water is wet. OF COURSE! We are sometimes referred to in a shorthand and abbreviated manner as "The Mormon Church", but the official name is The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Not only is our church named after Christ, but our additional scripture that we have is called The Book of Mormon: Another Testament Of Jesus Christ. We pray and worship in the name of Jesus Christ. He is the head of our church. It has been said that the most important fact that we know is that Jesus Christ's atonement (the suffering in the garden of Gethsemane, the Crucifixion, and the Resurrection) is real and that we can receive forgiveness through it, and that everything else we know are merely appendages to that knowledge. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Jeff
The law of tithing in a difficult concept to accept for some people. We are commanded to give one tenth of our increase. We know that God has given us soooo many blessings, and without him we would have nothing. Yet it is hard for some to give one tenth back to God. Tithing money is not collected to line the pockets of our leaders. It is used to build Temples, Chapels, and other church buildings. It provides operating funds for the church, for things such things such as utilities in the buildings. It helps out with the missionary program a bit, providing church materials, and any other things the church needs. We have no paid positions, so the money is not used for those purposes. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Jeff
Yes we have, but it is not nearly as bad or horrendous as it may seem at face value. We love our father in heaven. When he tells us to do something, no matter how hard, we obey. One of the ten commandments states that "Thou shalt not kill", yet God commanded Nephi to slay the evil King Laban in the Book of Mormon. He struggled with this, saying he had been taught and knew that it was wrong to kill another person, but he had enough faith to do what God had commanded. There are some situations such as this one, that a certain individual (or group of individuals) are given specific commandments. One of these is the issue on Polygamy. We do not condone or encourage polygamy today. Some of the early saints in this dispensation, such as Joseph Smith and Brigham Young, were commanded to practice plural marriage, or Polygamy. They resisted at first, saying they knew it was wrong and that they did not feel comfortable with it. They soon realized, however, this was a commandment of God. We believe that marriage is between one man and one woman today. However, if God himself were to command something, no matter how crazy or wrong it may seem, he has spoken and you are to follow. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Jeff
To say that the Apostles were only valid and needed in Christ's time is false. Christ lives! He is the head of our church, and runs it in his way even today. In the New Testament, Judas was replaced by Matthias by the 11 remaining Apostles under the direction of Peter. Had the Apostles been only meant for Christ's Earthly time, this would not have happened. The Bible also tells us that the church is built upon the foundation of apostles and prophets (Ephesians 2:19-20). The Apostles today, as well as the Prophet, are fully ordained and empowered by the Lord. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Jeff
The Law of Chastity is a commandment we have been given relating to sex. We are counseled to only have sexual relations inside the bonds of marriage. When we are married, we are not to engage in any sexual relations with another person other than our spouse. We know that through obedience to this law, we are given safety, peace of mind, self-respect and a deepened love with our spouse. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Jeff
We do not worship Joseph Smith. We worship God our Eternal Heavenly Father and his son Jesus Christ. We do, however, put great emphasis on the prophet Joseph Smith. We do not worship him, but we testify of him and his work for the Lord, we acknoledge his unwavering faith and obedience, we reverence him as an instrument in the Lord's hands in restoring to us the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Priesthood power he hold sacred. We love Joseph Smith and are eternally grateful to him, but we in no way, shape or form worship him. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Jeff
We as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints are blessed to have the knowledge that families can indeed be together for all eternity. Through being sealed, we can be bound together with our spouse forever. Through this same power, we can be with our children for all eternity as well. The family is ordained of God, and is the most important social unit we have. We know that when we die, that is not the end, rather if we have been sealed, we can happily live with our loved ones forever. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Jeff
We have been taught that in order to recieve full benefits of the Atonement of Jesus Christ that we must be baptized. Jesus Christ, the only of God's children who ever was and ever will be perfect, was the example to us that we needed to be baptized. Baptism is essential to our eternal progression. We are fully immersed in water, and brought back up, symbolizing Christ's death and resurrection. When done by the proper Priesthood authority, we are cleansed from sin. In addition, we enter into a covenant with God. We promise to accept Christ, become his followers, and keep the commandments. In return, we are promised that he will forgive our sins if we repent and that we are able to return to live with Him again. Show more Show less

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

Jeff
We love going to church, and we would love to have visitors come as well! On the signs outside of the church buildings, it says "Visitors Welcome", and we mean that. Our main worship service is called Sacrament Meeting. It typically opens with a Hymn (religious worship song) and a prayer (offered by a member of the congregation), then proceeds into any business or announcements that need to be made. After this, we have what is called the Sacrament, which is what the meeting is named after. Priesthood holders prepare, bless and pass the bread and water, representing the body and blood of Christ that he so freely gave for us. It helps us to remember and appreciate his sacrifice, as well as renewing our covenants we make at baptism. After the Sacrament is passed, there are typically 2 or 3 speakers (members of the congregation) that speak to us about a given topic, their speech (or as we call them, talk) fully prepared by them during the preceding week. When the speakers have ended, we close our meeting with a Hymn and a prayer. We have other services either before or after Sacrament meeting, depending on the current time structure of the local congregation. There are classes for the kids 3-11 called Primary, 12-18 go to Sunday school classes (divided further by age groups), and a nursery for the little children. During the third hour, we have what is referred to as Relief Society (women over 18) or Young Womens (under 18), and age-oriented Priesthood classes for the men. Show more Show less

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Jeff
In 1820, a young boy by the name of Joseph Smith had a question. With so many different churches in his hometown of Palmyra, New York, he wanted to know which was true. All of them claimed to be true, and the preachers all claimed that through their church you can be saved, but any other would bring damnation. That is a pretty tough spot for a 14 year old boy. He read in the Bible, James 1:5, which says "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God..." This scripture hit him hard, and he decided to heed the counsel. He went out into a grove of trees so that he could be alone, and he prayed to God, to ask him which church was true as he "lacked wisdom". He describes his experience in his own words: "I saw a pillar of light, exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me. When the light rested upon me, I saw two personages, whose brightness and glory describe all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name, and said, pointing to the other, This is My Beloved Son, Hear Him!" God the Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith that morning, telling him that none of the churches were true, and that he would be the instrument in which the true Church would be brought back to the Earth. This is known as the Restoration, as Smith merely restored the Gospel and authority from God, not "founded" or "started" a new religion like it is sometimes understood to be. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Jeff
To ask if "Mormonism is true" is a very weird question. Christ's Gospel is made up of many different points. To know if The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the true Church, it is a fairly simple process. You have to live it. In order to know if anything is right or good, you have to try it out, and the same is true for the church. We need to read the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, attend Church, and learn about the Restoration of Christ's Church and the need for it. Once we do all these things, we must follow the counsel given us from the Prophet Moroni in the end of the Book of Mormon when he says " And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things." It really is that simple. Learn about it, ponder it, and ASK GOD! He WILL testify to you of its truthfulness. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Jeff
Missionaries proselyte because they love the Gospel! Missions are voluntary service opportunities that we as members have to be able to go out and share this Gospel. Through living the way our Heavenly Father tells us and doing the right things, it makes us happy, and when we are happy, we want others to be able to have that same happiness and knowledge of eternity that we have. Missionaries proselyte so that they can meet and talk to as many people as possible, to bring that light and happiness to as many people as possible. Show more Show less

Where did Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begin?

Jeff
In 1820, a young boy by the name of Joseph Smith had a question. With so many different churches in his hometown of Palmyra, New York, he wanted to know which was true. All of them claimed to be true, and the preachers all claimed that through their church you can be saved, but any other would bring damnation. That is a pretty tough spot for a 14 year old boy. He read in the Bible, James 1:5, which says "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God..." This scripture hit him hard, and he decided to heed the counsel. He went out into a grove of trees so that he could be alone, and he prayed to God, to ask him which church was true as he "lacked wisdom". He describes his experience in his own words: "I saw a pillar of light, exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me. When the light rested upon me, I saw two personages, whose brightness and glory describe all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name, and said, pointing to the other, This is My Beloved Son, Hear Him!" God the Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith that morning, telling him that none of the churches were true, and that he would be the instrument in which the true Church would be brought back to the Earth. This is known as the Restoration, as Smith merely restored the Gospel and authority from God, not "founded" or "started" a new religion like it is sometimes understood to be. Show more Show less