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Hi I'm Jes Graves

I'm a wife, mother, small business owner and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up all over Arizona Utah Washington and Colorado. I graduated with a degree in cabinetry and architectural wood working from then Utah Valley State College. I now work as an independent cabinetry designer from my home. I am the mother of an incredibly rambunctious 3yr old who is the size of a 5 yr old. We have just started home schooling (preschooling) and are working threw the challenges of a three yr olds attention span. We are working on puzzles, art projects, and our ABC's. We are attending the Denver Museum of Nature and Science (which has a children's room full of learning activities that are GREAT for kids this age) and the Zoo. As well as reading or playing with anything that has to do with dinosaurs!

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised, with four siblings, in an LDS home by amazing parents. But the reason I am a Mormon is that I have come to know my Heavenly Father and my Savior Jesus Christ threw the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. For Myself I have come to a conviction of the truth of this Gospel. No other religion that I have studied offers the completeness of this organization. Baptism, baptism for the dead, eternal families, modern day revelation, prophets, tithing, temple covenants and the list goes on. I am so grateful for the blessings this church fills my life with. It fills my life with faith, hope, direction, and light. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith in many ways. It influences my parenting everyday. I try very heard to make sure the spirit is a constant guest in our home. I sing and teach my son Primary songs every day. (Primary is the organization that our young children attend ages 18 mo to 12 years old) I also live my faith as a friend and neighbor. My friends know that they can call on me for anything at any time. When they need help and need someone to watch their kids, if they are sick and need meals brought over or rides to the doctor. As a child I was taught that as a member of this Church I am a representative of my Savior. Not to say that I am in anyway perfect as he is but that I need to conduct myself so that people who know me but don't know him will want to know him because they know me. There is a popular LDS song that says "I want to be a window to his love so when you look threw me you will see him." I try to live this philosophy (with varied levels of success) everyday. The Gospel is not about being as perfect as Christ (in this life) but about striving to be perfect every day. trying to emulate our savior and live the way he taught us too while he was here on this earth and as he continues to teach us with modern day revelation. And when we fall short, as we are sure to, as long as we have given it our all he will make up the difference.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Jes Graves
There are many reasons but for me it boils down to this. Our Heavenly Father is the perfect parent. He loves us to a degree that in our mortal lives, in this mortal world we can never never understand. As this perfect father with his perfect love he developed a perfect plan for us to return to him. Most Christian religions will agree that baptism is the gateway to eternal life. But they miss this, that our Heavenly Father wants all of us to return home, to heaven, with him. He wants all of us to receive perfect glory. So Just because we die before we were given the opportunity to hear or accept the gospel does not mean he would abandon us to hell. In his perfect wisdom he instituted baptism for the dead. So that those of his children who did not have the opportunity to accept, but would have, have the opportunity to do so on the other side. We just preform the mortal ordinance for them here so that they can accept it, if they choose to, there. Show more Show less