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Hi I'm Jameson

I sleep like a narcoleptic, draw robots, and sometimes I like to pretend that I can write poetry. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a huge fan of the arts; poetry, writing, acting, music, it's all amazing. I'm insatiably curious about everything in the world, particularly botany, medicine and robotics. I love chiptunes, singing in public, giving speeches and listening to and observing the world around me as it moves and as it breathes and as it lives. I love salad. I graduated high school a couple of years ago and, after working to save up some money for it, am now serving a two-year full-time mission in the New York Utica mission, which encompasses the better part of upstate New York. I've seen maybe one skyscraper.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church, so when I was younger, I didn't really have to question it. It was only when I was older and my siblings and my father fell away from the church that I really began to study and question my faith. As I came to more fully understand His message of love, I realized how important the gospel really is, and as I searched for God in my darkest hours, I came to understand our Heavenly Father's love for His children and how important each and every one of us is. As I prayed and went to church more frequently and pondered the Holy Spirit as I allowed it into my life, I understood more clearly how desperately not only I, but everyone in the world needs His love. Now I know that everyone in the world needs to know the joy of repentance. Now I know that we must all be followers of Christ.

How I live my faith

As a missionary, I try to serve as many as need help and spread the love and the joy of the Gospel. I do my best to listen to people's problems and lives and teach them how to find happiness through the atonement of Jesus Christ. People think that, when you truly follow a religion, you're just conforming to how other people think you should be. This is wrong. While, as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day saints, we do strive to improve and become better people, we in no way give up who we are. I've found more joy and purpose as I've searched and studied out the quandaries of science, mathematics and philosophy through prayer and the scriptures and through God than any other way. I've seen more love and happiness and unity through through individuality than any form of conformity. Yes, I'm a different person than I would have been if I had never known the Gospel of Jesus Christ, but I am and we all are different people who love different things. As I seek out my role to play in the salvation of humanity and helping others to come unto Christ and just plain helping others, as I give my testimony that He lives and He loves us and through Him we can all find true happiness, I am not only myself, but I am also a Mormon.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Jameson
The shortest answer is "everything." But then, you're asking for just some things. When I see the trees extending toward the heavens, when I feel the cool air on my face and see the light of the sun shining through the clouds and onto the world below in patches of radiance, I hear that God lives. When I see rivers flowing peacefully through the woods, gurgling over the rocks and rushing onward downhill, its splashing and flowing tells me that God lives. When I hear children crying, their parents comforting them with their pure, unconditional love, when I see a crying man or woman bearing their testimony behind a pulpit that our heavenly father answers prayers, when I see someone hugging their friend to cheer them up, I know that God lives and that these wonders, that the miracle of human love one for another, is no accident. All things testify of God. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Jameson
Absolutely! I love the Bible--not only in the inspired messages that it brings to me, but for all that it's done for mankind throughout the centuries! It has built faith, inspired leaders, and helped to carry out the work of God among many people. Without it, we probably wouldn't even have the United States of America, which was built by people who sought religious freedom. It has taught many billions about the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, about His teachings to us, and how we can come closer to Him. Like the Book of Mormon, the Bible was dictated by God, and for that reason I accept it as Holy Scripture. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Jameson
The very same God that chose Moses, Noah and Abraham chooses all of our prophets. He speaks to our prophet by the Spirit to make His will known concerning who should be the next apostles when one dies. When the Prophet dies, then the senior apostle takes his place. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Jameson
The Book of Mormon was written by many prophets between 600 BC and 420 AD who lived in the Americas. It contains their lives, their wars, their contentions, and the doctrines of God and the prophecies that He gave to them. These people were a remnant of the House of Israel that had been led to the Americas by God to escape the captivity and destruction of Jerusalem. These people, once in America, continued to preach the Everlasting Gospel and rejoice in the blessings of their Maker. The Book of Mormon is a record of these people. It was penned by men and dictated by God. Show more Show less