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Hi I'm Johnathan

I was born and raised in Canada. I started a Graphic Arts company. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I like art. I study and make art. Cartooning is my life. Sadly that does not put food on the table everyday, so I work part time at other places too. I am currently a student at the University of Manitoba getting my bachelor in Fine Arts. I am currently single, so watch out ladies.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents met with Mormon missionaries one day and got baptized. I was born into it, but that doesn't mean I was not converted. I relied on my parents' testimonies and did not care much about the church until I was about 18. There were things going on in my life that I was dissatisfied with, while my parents were happy. And I wanted that. Now, Art history and middle-eastern history interest me. I love the bible and its history. I can quote it backwards, give you years, context of the writer and Hebrew/Greek translations, but the Book of Mormon was something special. When I studied it, it fit so perfectly with the Bible; historically, culturally, and most of all doctrinally. It was amazing. I was so enthralled when I first read it in my adulthood, I'd ask myself why I had not read this amazing book earlier when it had been right there in my room all these years! Now, I figured that there was a triangle. There is Jesus Christ, the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith (prophet and translator of the Book of Mormon). If 2 of them were true, then the other one had to be. The Book of Mormon testifies of Christ, who testifies of prophets, whom Joseph Smith claimed to be, who translated the Book of Mormon. One of them could not be false while the other two were true. That would be impossible. Just to be sure, I did what we are often told to do to find out for ourselves. Not ask a priest, our friends or my grandmother... but ask God Himself. I asked him, "Are these things true? If they are, I will follow thy church until I can no longer walk, and crawl if I must." All I can say is that God answers prayers. Not in a visitation, but in the stillness of a feeling given by the spirit. These things are true. I served a full-time mission in the Salt Lake City South mission with honour and helped many people receive the same joy I got to enjoy. I am not shy when it comes to religion, and my friends know it.

How I live my faith

I am had been off my mission 2 years now, and had been called as an Elder's Quorum (the men at church) teacher (and the only one it seemed), a youth Sunday School teacher (ages 12-13), and recently I had been called as a ward missionary (which keeps me quite busy already).

Are Mormons Christians?

Johnathan
Well, the official definition of Christian is a believer of Christ. It was not actually used in the time of the Bible and was develloped in later years. A better question would be: Do members of the "Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-Day Saints", beleive in Jesus Christ? Christ and all He has done for us is central to our teachings, to the point where we named our church after the Redeemer. Many argue that we are not Christian simply because we do not fit in the "What is a Christian" criteria according to the Catholic church, which involves some requirements that even most Christian religions disagree with. Despite what friends of other faiths will sometimes tell me about my own religion, Christ is my Lord and my God. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Johnathan
We are officially the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, based on doctrines that proficy today as the "Latter-days" (Acts 9:23;Eph2:19). Sometimes shortened as "the LDS church." We are often called Mormons because the ancient compiler of the Book of Mormon was named Mormon and he never finished, so his son, Moroni, took over and named it in honour of his father. As we use this book, others see it and it stands out. No other religion uses this book and use Mormons as a nickname. It would be like calling the Muslim religion "Quranism." Show more Show less

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

Johnathan
"Atonement" is a Greek word which in my studies I have come to know it meaning "reconsiliate." The reason being is that everyone sins and if we claim otherwise, we are a liar and are therefore sinning. I don't mean sin as a horrible mistake like murder, but I mean it as doing anything contrary to God's will. Something small will still make us imperfect. It is written that no unclean thing can enter into the presence of God (Rev 21:27), so we are forever banished from Him and will never make it back into Heaven. God knew this and as part of His merciful plan for us, Christ volunteered to come here and live a perfect life to offer Himself as a sacrifice done exactly as mentioned in the Levitical law for the remission of sins (Lev 4,6). Normally they find an unblemished lamb (representing perfection such as Christ and His sinless life), have it blessed by a priest to have the lamb act as proxy to the one who has sinned (by that it means they bless it to take the sins of the sinner), and then they offer up the lamb as a sacrifice. Christ followed these steps. In the garden of Gethsemany, he prayed earnestly to His Father in Heaven who past the sins of the entire world to Him. Not just the sins at the time. Past, present and future. Such a burden layed on Him all at once, he suffered greatly. Suffering only the Son of God could endure. He was then sacrificed on the cross at Golgotha, at the hill of Calvery, representing us all. This blessed us with repentance to be able to fix it. Show more Show less