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Hi I'm Jared

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm 23 years old and I've lived in North Carolina, Utah, Idaho, and did most of my growing up in Wisconsin. I am currently attending school in Salt Lake City and still am not quite sure what I want to be "when I grow up". I put off getting an education for three years after I graduated high school so I could prepare for and serve as a full-time missionary for the Mormon Church in the Philippines and it was the greatest experience of my life. I enjoy being around people, reading, movies, history, ice cream, and dumb jokes. I've lived in four states and I enjoy travelling. Well, I enjoy visiting other places, the actual travelling part is kind of lame.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in the Church, but like most people, when I was in my early teens I realized that instead of just listening to my parents, I needed to decide for myself what I believed to be the truth. As I began to read the scriptures more (such as the Bible and the Book of Mormon), have personal prayers every day, and apply the principles of the Gospel that I had been taught growing up, I found for myself that this Gospel is true. I learned that the principles proved true when they were followed. I guess you could say that I learned the truth of the Gospel and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints the same way you learn the truth and reality of any scientific principle or law; when I do what the principle says, the predicted result comes out. Just as I probably learned the principle of gravity as a toddler by letting things go and seeing them fall down every time, I have seen that when I follow the principles of the restored Gospel, I receive the blessings that are promised by our Father in Heaven. I had this testimony before I served my mission in the Philippines, but my experiences there solidified it even more as I saw time and time again in my life and in the lives of others that God loves us and knows our situations, He hears our prayers, and as we keep His commandments and live His Gospel He blesses us and we are happy, even during difficult times. I am a Mormon because I know that this Gospel is true and I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true and is led by Jesus Christ Himself through a living prophet. And when I say I know they're true, I don't say "true" meaning that it's what I think sounds good or it fits my opinon and my lifestyle the best. I mean that it is the truth, and that it will bless ANYONE who follows it and trusts in the Son of God, our Savior Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I have been home from serving my mission for about two months now. Currently, I'm serving as a volunteer in the Salt Lake Temple, specifically in helping others perform ordinances, such as baptism, for their ancestors who died without a chance to accept the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I also serve as a Ward Missionary, which means that I help others in my area who are interested to learn more about the Church and meet with the full-time missionaries. I also look for opportunities to help other people and improve the world around me.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

I think one of the more commonly misunderstood doctrines of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is our beliefs in works and grace. I think this is because of our emphasis in ordinances, like baptism and eternal marriage, and on living good, meaningful lives. However we by no means see these as replacements for Jesus Christ and His saving Atonement. Central to our beliefs is that Jesus Christ is the Savior and Redeemer of the world and there is absolutely no other way we can be saved except through His power and grace. This does not meant that we can just sit back and do nothing though. The Book of Mormon teaches that Jesus Christ did "not come to redeem [us] in [our] sins, but to redeem [us] from our sins" (Helaman 5:10), meaning that in order for Christ's atonement to have full power in our lives, we must be willing to repent, or change. The ordinances and commandments of the Gospel are not ways that we earn our way into heaven. No one can earn their salvation. They are tools provided by Jesus Christ to enable us to change our hearts, to turn away from our sins, and embrace the power of His atonement. His grace is what saves us, but we must be willing to accept that grace and turn away from evil and sin for Him to be able to truly change our hearts lives. Show more Show less