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Hi I'm John

I am full of gratitude for the little blessings of life. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I am a college student working on a Biology major, and want to go to Medical School someday. I am a lover of life, and enjoy doing many things from rock climbing to learning, reading to running, sports to visiting others! I am very grateful for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as it is how I have come to know where true happiness comes from. It is the Spirit of God that helps us enjoy all the beauty of life!

Why I am a Mormon

I have a testimony of God and his plan for us, and of the Atonement Jesus Christ made so that I can be purified and perfected. I know that God has restored His church on the earth today through the prophet Joseph Smith. I have prayed to know if the church and its teachings are true. I have received a clear and definite answer through the power of the Holy Ghost. The church is true, the principles therein are true, and they help heal us and find greater peace and joy in our lives. I grew up in the church, with my parents and immediate family being active members. I can see the difference it has made in our lives. I have received such great joy in becoming converted to the gospel. Those who have pain and struggle with life (basically all of us at one time or other in our lives) are in need of the blessings the Savior offers through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This is His Church, and by following the principles taught therein, we may receive the greatest happiness now and in the eternities.

How I live my faith

Being an active member of the Church is important to me. I know that when I am doing my best, trying to do good to others, uplifting those around me, and keeping the commandments that God has given, the Lord has promised His Spirit to be with me. I can not state enough the importance of having that gift with me at all times. The Mormon Church has many opportunities to serve, in "callings" where one is asked to fulfill a particular assignment, as well as opportunities to visit with others and strength those around you. Striving to serve is how I live my faith.

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

John
I know that Heavenly Father lives because I can feel His love for me. I know that the scriptures are his words to us today, and when I read them I come to know more about my Father and his plan for me. As I strive to fulfill the commandments and do what is asked of us in the scriptures, I come to feel His love fill my life and those around me. I can pray to Him, and He answers through the Holy Spirit in feelings of "love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, [and] temperance." (Galatians 5:22-23). Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

John
Those who are interested in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints may visit with missionaries living in their area. They will learn basic principles of the Church, and come to understand God's plan for them more fully. As they continue to learn, the Holy Ghost will witness to them of the truthfulness of the message. If they are interested in following the example of Jesus Christ, and are willing to follow His commandments, they may become baptized through the authority given by God to man found within this Church. As they do this, they will become clean of all their sins, and will be able to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost through the laying on of hands. In doing so, they join in the fold of God, and become members and partakers of the true church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 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?

John
"Behold, hath the Lord commanded any that they should not partake of his salvation? Behold, I say unto, Nay; but he hath given it free for all men; and he hath commanded his people that they should persuade all men to repentance..he inviteth them all to come unto him and partake of his goodness; and he denieth none that come unto him, black and white, bond and free, male and female; and he remembereth the heathen; and all are alike unto God, both Jew and Gentile." (2 Nephi 26:27,33). In the scriptures it is very clear. All are allowed to be partakers of salvation. All are permitted to join in Christ's church. All worthy men in the Church may receive the priesthood, thanks to the grace and mercy of God. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

John
All truth is of God. He is its source. It is only through his power that we may be able to receive answers to any of our questions. Because he loves us, he will answer us willingly. One of the main ways you can come to know that Mormonism is true is by reading and praying about the Book of Mormon. There is a promise written by the last prophet who wrote in that record. He said, "I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye shall read them, that ye would ... ponder it in your hearts. 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" (Moroni 10:3-5). As you read from the Book of Mormon, live the teachings found therein, and ask in faith, God will answer your prayers. You will come to know, as I know, that it is true and of God. As you come to know these things, the peace of God will enter into your heart, and you will have added happiness in your life. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

John
Baptism is essential for exaltation; "Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God" (John 3:5). You must be baptized by the proper authority in order for it to be complete, honored in both heaven and on earth (D&C 132:46). That priesthood authority was given to Joseph Smith, and is held in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to this day. It is that same priesthood which John the Baptist held when he baptized Jesus Christ. That is why, when we are baptized by the right authority, we are brought into the Church which carries that authority. Show more Show less