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Hi I'm Jesse

I am married with a baby on the way. I recently graduated from college in Criminal Justice. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I recently graduated college. I work security at a company whose headquarters are in Provo, Ut and am looking to get into the Secret Service. I served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church) in Boston Massachusetts. There I lived with the, hard on the outside soft on the inside, people of Massachusetts for two years ;). I learned so much about myself there and loved it. I came home and met my wife a little while later while we were both employed as servers at a local restaurant. We love to watch TV series together, cook food (which we always love to eat), and I love most anything outdoors when it's warm (i.e. biking, hiking, sports). We currently live in a basement apartment in Lindon, Ut. We have a very comfortable life.

Why I am a Mormon

Well I grew up as a Mormon, and looking back now I can see that I thought the Mormon faith taught great and true principles. I had felt that by following the things I was learning at church, this was something that brought me true happiness, although, to be totally honest I hadn't really read the Bible or Book of Mormon that much. When I went to Massachusetts I was so eager to share the things that brought me so much happiness. But I soon found out that it was hard for me to articulate exactly what I believed and why I believed the things I did. This caused me to seriously question some of the things I was taught. My whole life I grew up around other Mormons who thought as I thought and told me what I believed was true, so I never really questioned it and just took everyone's word for it. In Massachusetts however, that was not the case at all. So I decided if I wanted to see why others believed what they did, I would need to read the Bible, The Book of Mormon, other scriptures, educate myself on many other kinds of faiths, and then see what I thought about it. I really tried to do this. As I studied and went to other churches I learned so many great things. In the end this experience opened up my understanding and appreciation for other religions and also deepened my own faith as well as my understanding/love of Christ so much. I have prayed and asked God numerous times to tell me if The Book of Mormon is true or not. And I believe He cares about me enough to answer my prayers and tell me. He didn't answer me through some big vision or thing like that. But He did, and often times still does, give me a peaceful feeling that comes over me that seems to say that The Book of Mormon is good and is right. I love that very much. Through these feelings in my heart I know that The Book of Mormon is true. By that knowledge, I know that everything that comes along with the truth of the Book of Mormon is also true ( the Church). I invite anyone to pray about this themselves.

How I live my faith

I try to live as Christ would today, emphasis on the word "try". We believe The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is Christ's church, so the things that are taught in it teach us to be like him. Am I perfect? Of course not but when I fall short I try again. I try to serve others like my wife, and others I come in contact with. I am also what they call a "home teacher", this is where you get to go visit a couple different families in your local congregation and basically make new friends with them. This is kind of a way that everyone can look out for each other and have help in the local congregation or what we call a "Ward". You get to make great friends, it's really nice and fun too.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Jesse
We're here on earth to learn how to become like and one day life with Heavenly Father again. But because of human weaknesses we very often make mistakes and fall short of being perfect like our Heavenly Father. That is where the Atonement of Jesus Christ comes in. We need a power that can make up for our weaknesses and help us to become someone more, someone like Christ and our Heavenly Father. But again, because of human weaknesses, we could not do this by ourselves. I don't know exactly all the facets of how the Savior did it, but through his voluntary suffering in Garden of Gethsemane and on the Cross he made up for weaknesses. We must do what Christ and Heavenly Father ask us to do in order for this power to take affect in our lives to help us become someone more than we could be by ourselves. I read a book called "Jesus the Christ" which had an analogy that best helped explain it to me. I'll paraphrase it the best I can. Dirt can never become a plant by itself no matter how much it wants to, due to its' nature. It's just not going to happen. But when a plant reaches down into the soil and assimilates the dirt making it a part of the plant, the dirt has now become a plant. A plant can never become an animal by itself, the animal must reach down and eat the plant then making the plant an animal. etc. Mankind cannot become like God by himself. Someone and something must reach down and help us become like God. That person is Jesus Christ through the power of His Atonement. Show more Show less

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Jesse
There is the old proverb of "give a man a fish you will feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you will feed him for a lifetime". Many people think the church welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is just a free hand out program. This is not so. The Church asks those looking for assistance to work, when possible, in a variety of different capacities in which they are suited. In this way, those looking for assistance are blessed with the feelings of self accomplishment and satisfaction when working and can get the assistance they need for the time being. Work is an essential principle in self reliance, which is one of the principles that is taught in the welfare program of the church. Show more Show less