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Hi I'm E.J.

I was born in Washington. I served a full-time mission in Riverside County, CA. I'm a brother, a son, and a Mormon.

About Me

I'm 23 years old & am currently going to school in Idaho. I will be graduating with a Bachelors Degree in Advertising next July. I am a big time Utah Jazz fan, and I love going to the EnergySolutions Arena to watch them play. I hope to be able to do sports advertising for the Utah Jazz. Some of my other sports teams are the Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Mariners, Oklahoma City Thunder, and the Miami Heat (I love Dwyane Wade). In my free time I like to play tennis, ping-pong, and basketball. I also love listening to music and watching movies. I served a 2-year Spanish speaking church mission in Riverside, CA., where I learned to love the Hispanic culture. I think about my mission every day, and I truly miss the people.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents both grew up in the Northwest. My grandparents did a very good at giving my dad lots of fellowship and always including him in family activities, such as family night and family scripture study. My dad had lots of questions on his mind and was eventually encouraged by one of his professors to read The Book of Mormon. He read the entire Book of Mormon within the next three nights. The rest is kind of history...He was a "golden investigator," in that the missionaries started teaching him and he was baptized within a few weeks. My parents were married and sealed for time and all eternity in the LDS Temple in Logan, UT in December 1985. I am so grateful to my mom and my grandparents for introducing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to my father. I wouldn't be here without their amazing examples. The Gospel of Jesus Christ has blessed me so much in my life! As I have lived my life the way that I should in keeping the commandments and treating others with respect, I have been blessed. I know, with all of my heart, that the Prophet Joseph Smith saw God and His Son in vision. Through him, They restored the Gospel of Jesus Christ in 1830. I know this because I have read the Book of Mormon from cover-to-cover and prayed about its contents. In Matthew 7, it says that by their fruits ye shall know them. By knowing that the Book of Mormon is the most true of all of the books in the world, I also know that Joseph Smith was a Prophet called of God, and that he restored the Church.

How I live my faith

I got back from California in April 2011. I have been going to school ever since then. I have served as the activities coordinator, financial clerk, home teaching district leader, assistant executive secretary, and am currently serving as the membership clerk. I was able to organize and plan activities and events, help with charitable contributions, make sure that everyone in my congregation is being visited, help out my bishop with his interviews, and make sure that all of the membership records are current.

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

E.J.
We believe that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Just as there were prophets and apostles back in Christ's day, Thomas S. Monson is the Prophet of God now and there are twelve apostles. It can't be any other way, or else God would not in reality be the same yesterday, today, and forever. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

E.J.
President Gordon B. Hinckley, former President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1995-2008), once said, “We are Christians in a very real sense and that is coming to be more and more widely recognized...We, of course, accept Jesus Christ as our Leader, our King, our Savior...the dominant figure in the history of the world, the only perfect Man who ever walked the earth, the living Son of the living God...Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints pray and worship in the name of Jesus Christ. He is the center of our faith and the head of our Church.” To me, a Christian is not only a believer in Christ, but someone who practices their beliefs in Christ. The LDS Church is a church of action, so we are most definitely Christians. If we weren't Christians, I don't believe that Christ would be included in our church's official name. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

E.J.
The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ. It is a collection of the writings of the inhabitants of ancient America. The Book of Mormon is named after Mormon, who was one of the last of the ancient prophets. It contains the teachings of Jesus Christ, and supports and verifies the Bible. The Book of Mormon is not "The Mormon Bible," but it does help support the teachings in the Holy Bible. I can promise you that if you sincerely read and pray about The Book of Mormon, God "will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost" (Moroni 10:4). I have read the book from cover-to-cover, and I know with all of my heart that it is the most true book on this earth. Show more Show less