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Hi I'm J.J.

I'm a young father. I grew up in Oregon, graduated from college in Utah and about to start law school in Iowa. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been married for almost three years and I've been a father for 1 1/2 years. Our little family has been living at Brigham Young University ever since we got started. My wife and I both recently graduated, she with a degree in family life and I with a degree in print journalism. I've worked at the BYU newspaper for years, mostly as a sports editor. I was lucky enough to be the sports editor during "Jimmermania," and got to interview him a few times. I love sports, but I also am interested in politics, which is why I am excited to start law school at The University of Iowa. I don't know where I will be after that, but I know I will enjoy studying law for three years, and hope to eventually do something that will have an impact on my community and on society.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church, and was baptized at age eight. I grew up knowing the church was true. But when I was 19, I finished reading The Book of Mormon by myself and prayed to know it was true. The feeling that came was one that told me, "It all makes sense." The history and the lessons contained in The Book of Mormon all fit right in with everything that is true and right. I felt the promise of The Book of Mormon, that "a man would grow closer to God by abiding by its precepts than by any other book." Soon after gaining that testimony, I left to be a missionary for the Church in Argentina. I lived there for two years, serving the people and sharing the gospel with them. I taught a few people, but the strongest convert I made was myself. I knew personally that I had a Heavenly Father and that He loved me, and that He has a plan for me in this life. He has organized a Church, restored through Joseph Smith, that gives me all the teachings, doctrine, commandments and ordinances I need to follow His plan and be happy.

How I live my faith

Right now, I am in a ward with other college students and young families. I help our bishop keep track of records, which is a busy job with all of the families moving in and out, with young people getting married and others graduating college and moving on. I also participate in a lot of service activities, like donating at a blood drive, working at the Church cannery that packs and ships food for needy families, and helping families pack their moving trucks (which happens a lot around here!).

What is the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon is just like the Bible, in that it is a collection of writings and teachings from ancient prophets. It is different from the Bible, in that it comes from prophets who lived in ancient America instead of the ancient Middle East. The Book of Mormon and the Bible compliment each other, and both testify that Jesus Christ is our Savior and the light of the world. The civilization that the Book of Mormon recorded eventually went extinct around the year 400. The last prophet, Moroni, was commanded to hide the record so it would be kept safe until God saw fit to bring it back to the world. In the early 1800s, God visited Joseph Smith and taught him about the Book of Mormon. Through divine power and inspiration, Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon into English as part of the re-establishment of God's Church on the earth. Some people may think the Book of Mormon was written by Joseph Smith, but he was only the translator. It was actually written by a number of prophets, like Nephi, Alma and Mormon, who were all real people who really lived on the American continent. Show more Show less