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Hi I'm CJ

I was homeschooled, I love the piano, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I spent my entire childhood in the same house. My mother homeschooled me and my three siblings all the way through ninth grade. I really have grown close to my siblings, and we love sitting around the table and creating adventures in our heads and talking about our day. I also love music. My mom is a piano teacher, and she began teaching me when I was three. Now, sixteen years later, I play the piano, the organ, the violin, and the recorder. I also enjoy singing and acting. I love composing music and have written a half dozen musical scores for local youth theatre productions. My dream is to become a choral director and compose theatrical scores, religious works, and fun pieces on the side. I never find myself with nothing to do. I love reading fantasy novels as well as classic fiction and nonfiction. I enjoy writing and have written several novels for my own enjoyment. I hike, bike, dance, play basketball, and work in yards. My favorite pastime is talking, playing, and laughing with my family. They are my best friends.

Why I am a Mormon

I have always been an active Mormon, but that does not mean that I am a member because it was always what I was "supposed to do." As I grew up, my parents taught me about the gospel of Jesus Christ, its importance, and its verity. I trusted the testimony of my parents, because I knew they loved me, and I knew that they wouldn't teach me something that wasn't good and right and true. As I've grown older and continued to live and grow my faith in Jesus Christ, I have seen the blessings that have come into my life from living the gospel. The greatest blessing in my life has been that I have true happiness in my life, not the "happiness" that comes from riches or from having a successful career or from doing whatever you feel like doing, but real happiness. I feel joy every day: joy in the beautiful world; joy in the people I can interact with, talk to, laugh with, and learn from; and joy that I am living the life that Lord would have me live. The Lord knows what the real "good life" is, and it comes from having faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and coming unto Him by receiving the restored gospel. I know that Jesus is the Christ, and He is our Savior. I know that this His gospel is the way of happiness in this life and for eternity. I know that God answers prayers. When I pray to God and earnestly, sincerely, humbly ask for answers to my questions and guidance in my life, He answers my prayers. It's not a blinding flash of light or a thundering voice of command, but it's a feeling of peace, light, joy, small thoughts in my mind of things I can and should do better, little quiet assurances of comfort. He sends me answers through the scriptures, which are words given from Him to prophets on the earth. The scriptures have enlightened my soul and are a great source of strength to me. He has answered my prayers and lifted my burdens, and He can lift yours. You can have happiness and lasting joy in this life, no matter what trials you have.

How I live my faith

Right now I have put my college education on hold and am serving as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Lord has asked that every worthy young man in the Church (of the age of 19) should serve a two-year mission, proclaiming His gospel to the world. For the next two years I will be helping people come unto Christ and serving others. Before I left for my mission, I served as the choir director for the LDS ward that I was in. We sang hymns monthly in our worship services. This position gave me an opportunity to become friends with many people in my ward. I learned the power of music to testify of truth, change lives for the better, and draw others closer to God and His Son, Jesus Christ. I believe that the Lord, through a latter-day prophet, has called me to serve a mission, and as I have performed the duties and responsibilities of this calling, my life has been greatly enhanced, enriched, and blessed.

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

An ancient prophet named Nephi wrote, "I said unto you, feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do." (2 Nephi 32:3) One of the biggest blessings I receive from reading the scriptures is a reception of answers to questions I have. As I read about the lives and revelations of men and women who have lived before me, and I read what the Lord has said to others, I realize how I can take words from the scriptures, compare them to my own life, and find advice, comfort, and counsel pertinent to me. Every time I end my scripture study, I have gained a new insight or have received a new strength that I did not have before. When you "feast" on the scriptures like Nephi directs, you treat the scriptures like a banquet. You "relish" every verse, you "tuck into" the scriptural meal with gusto, and you become "enriched" spiritually by our study. If you ask God for help in understanding and recieving answers to questions as we read, He will give you revelation by the power of the Holy Ghost. You will know that the scriptures are true. By reading the scriptures, you will gain a knowledge that Christ really lives, and you will have greater happiness in your life. Show more Show less