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Hi I'm Jeff Richards

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Having joined as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in 2006, my decision was initially based on how comfortable I felt with the church and it's views on Christianity. The expectations of a Saint is nothing different than what I would expect of myself. That being said, let that premise be the soil of what defines who I am, soil deeper than that of a man planted upon the top of the foundation of spirituality as opposed to being driven from deep within it, well rooted and spiritualy sound. To describe me in a single word would be "commited." I am commited to embracing God though the pureness of my heart. I believe that the best of me is only because of Him. I know that I am not perfect and that is something to accept about anyone. However, I make no excuses for myself when it comes to following His lead. Though I may go astray in his eyes like anyone else occaisionally, I pray that he receiveth me back, with my broken heart and contrite spirit, into His Kingdom of Glory . I ask Him to forgive of me my sins only after repenting for them in the first place. What is it that defines the essence of man? To me, it is his faith in God, to which, whithout Him, there would be nothing of the essence.

Why I am a Mormon

By now you have somewhat of an understanding of what I feel is required of me to be Mormon. As you will discover through my answers to the questions within this profile of who I am, it would be best for me to answer this question with a question. Why would I not be Mormon? If you want to really know, then read the Book of Mormon and pray about what it means; if it is the word of God. Then, you will be one step closer to investing in yourself that which your soul has longed for since you made your way to this life.

How I live my faith

Making time for God is never easy when your priorities are demanded of you based on the way you set up your life to be without Him as a priority. It never gets easier as some would like in that perspective. Yet, if you believe that God is the center or hub, per say, of your life and every intersection you reach requires you to walk through His Grace first, you will find it to be down right simple to understand and to live to your faith accordingly. Personally, I find that it is easier to do the right things God wants of me than to not. By living on His terms, it instills an indispensable quality to my soul; not of pride, but rather, one of incessant prayer, persistent of that to avoid toil and disruption of my own spirituallity that is so often guilt ridden within those whom believe faith is of questionable virtue and fail to understand what it requires of us to be ready for His presence.

What is being a Mormon like?

Jeff Richards
For some it is tough being Mormons. The easiest thing to do to be a Mormon, is live life like Christ daily. The toughest way is to be just the opposite daily. Yes it's true, that faithful Mormons don't smoke tobacco, do drugs or even drink coffee, tea or alcohol, but do you know why? This is because these substances were banned from our use early on in the formation of the church (The "Word of Wisdom" established in 1833) to provide an essential discipline for us that reminds us daily of how our Heavenly Father cares for us. When I became Mormon back in 2006 as a convert, it was not even a sacrifice to me because I knew that my faith in Christ was far greater than my need for the vices that plagued the world. Every time I see someone light up a cigarette or ritually reach for that beloved (in their mind) cup of coffee as if their life depended on it, I am reminded of my love for Christ and how grateful I am to have Him as the focal point of my life. Assuredly, if you know Him like I do, you will be able to walk away from the plagues in your own life (if any) and overcome those addictions head on. Most importantly, you will realize that there is so much more to life when you travel in His paths. Don't take my word for it, see for yourself... Just ask for the Missionaries to pray with you and to teach you a few lessons; God will make Himself known to you if you ask Him to. Show more Show less

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

Jeff Richards
The Bible is the cornerstone of Christianity unquestionably. The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ which compliments the Bible as such. Mormons are Christians by every ounce of faith of the word. Though we are sometimes questioned about this by those who understand not our faith, it should come as no surprise that we follow a code of discipline within ourselves that serves only to our Father and the true divinity of God, that can't be recognized any other way, other than that of the most purist form of true Christianity. As many Christian claiming churches have their own doctrine which differentiates them from each other & yet, all claim to be of true Christianity, why would it be so hard to believe that one more church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, can't do that as well. It is sometimes down right hypocritical how people can stand on one side of the coin and yet claim ownership of the other side for which they themselves can't even see or have never even been on at all. Being a Latter-Day Saint is a lifelong trial of our testament to God that has many facets to it. What does it mean in lamens terms? Everything, being whole in the word of God is everything to us. To strive to be more and more like Him every day that passes is what we believe & that is only possible through following the word of God, that being the scripture written by Him directly or though others sanctioned by Him to do so; i.e., Joseph Smith just as Peter, John & Paul. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Jeff Richards
We believe that God's plan for us is to become more like him to be prepared to live with him and our family again for an eternity after our time in this world has ended. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Jeff Richards
(Repost of a previous answer that answers this question just as well) For some it is tough being Mormons. The easiest thing to do to be a Mormon, is live life like Christ daily. The toughest way is to be just the opposite daily. Yes it's true, that faithful Mormons don't smoke tobacco, do drugs or even drink coffee, tea or alcohol, but do you know why? This is because these substances were banned from our use early on in the formation of the church (The "Word of Wisdom" established in 1833) to provide an essential discipline for us that reminds us daily of how our Heavenly Father cares for us. When I became Mormon back in 2006 as a convert, it was not even a sacrifice to me because I knew that my faith in Christ was far greater than my need for the vices that plagued the world. Every time I see someone light up a cigarette or ritually reach for that beloved (in their mind) cup of coffee as if their life depended on it, I am reminded of my love for Christ and how grateful I am to have Him as the focal point of my life. Assuredly, if you know Him like I do, you will be able to walk away from the plagues in your own life (if any) and overcome those addictions head on. Most importantly, you will realize that there is so much more to life when you travel in His paths. Don't take my word for it, see for yourself... Just ask for the Missionaries to pray with you and to teach you a few lessons; God will make Himself known to you if you ask Him to. Show more Show less