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Hi I'm Jeremy

I am a Texan at heart, love singing and performing, and drawing. I wish I was playing basketball right now. And I'm a mormon.

About Me

Hi, my name is Jeremy. I have grown up in the gospel but lived in an environment where the LDS religion was not accepted. But I have grown strong because of it. I enjoy playing basketball, football, and ultimate frisbee. These sports have brought me lots of injuries which have kept me from constantly being able to play. I began modeling my junior year in high school which was a lot of fun but I think I enjoy taking the pictures of others though even more. It was a good experience and I love it because those are moments that will last forever. I have been a vocal performer almost all of my life singing jazz and classical music. It was great to have that opportunity because I got to meet some amazing people while doing it. It's really neat to hear everyone's story; because no two stories are the same! When I get home from my mission I will either go into Musical performance or psychiatrics. We will see where the wind takes me! I am now serving a full time mission for the church and absolutely love it. I am in Anaheim, California.

Why I am a Mormon

This church is a place where you can feel loved. It is a place where you can go to know of the truth and reasons of why we are here on this Earth. It is great to know that the people around you care about your well-being. Questions that we often wonder which are "to deep" or "unresolved" HAVE answers. The Lord has prepared a way for all of us. It might seem as if we are lost but God has placed guidance in our lives. But we must first seek out that guidance. I have. And now I am trying to help others find it. I love who I am because of this religion. I have learned that the things that we believe become the things we know. I have a testimony of my Heavenly Father. He wants us to reach out for his guidance. I know that Christ atoned for our sins that we may be in his presence again one day. I know that we must live our lives worthily to dwell in his presence, but I know we have the opportunity to be forgiven of our sins and can receive guidance constantly from Him when that guidance is sought out. The path has been set before us. It isn't hidden or winding. It is straight and narrow. And only with the light of Christ and the companionship of the Holy Ghost can we see that path and stay on that narrow road. The gospel of Jesus Christ is for everyone.

How I live my faith

I have been striving to live my faith by worthily serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day saints. I love the people in California. They have welcomed me and it is incredible to see someone else being touched by Heavenly Father. He wants us to be happy. He wants us to return to him. And that is why I am here. I want all of those around me to feel of that love. The Lord finds those who need him but even more so, are looking for him. If we do not desire our Heavenly Father to impact our lives, chances are he won't. But when we reach to him with the desire to walk with him, he takes our hand and guides us. I want people to understand that. I want people's lives to be changed as mine has.

What is being a Mormon like?

Jeremy
Being a Mormon is like walking through a forest with a map and compass while others just get the map. Those who don't have the compass know where things are but don't know in which way they are going. I feel that as a mormon I KNOW where I am going and exactly how to get there. Heavenly Father has graced us with guidance all around us. If our faith is not sufficient, we have those around us who can catch us before we fall and act as a crutch until that weakness becomes a strength. Being a mormon means you care for everyone. We are family. All of us. And because that is the case we hope for everyone to follow the path Christ has set before us and to live with our Heavenly Father once more. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Jeremy
As a member of the LDS faith I testify of the Priesthood power held within this church . Just as royalty passed down royalty to their children the Priesthood can be passed down too. But not just anyone receives it. The Priesthood is the power to act in God's name. It literally is his power. So only those living according to God's desires can use it. We as members of this church know that we are to be baptized so that we may receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. With that step we take we make a covenant (promise) with our Savior that we will take on his name and honor it. So many churches believe that by simply accepting him as our Savior or by being baptized that they have done all they must do to live with him again. But we know that it is our responsibility to live worthily to return to him. Which is where the Priesthood comes into play! Due to great disobedience from the Lord's people Heavenly Father had to remove the power to act in his name from the Earth. Through Joseph Smith, the Prophet of the Restoration, we gained that ability back. That Priesthood power gives us the privilege to do many ordinances such as baptism. Without the Priesthood, baptism would literally be like taking a bath: Clean on the outside, but the same on the inside. We teach that only by being baptized by the proper Priesthood authority are we able to return to live with our Heavenly Father once more. And that authority is found in the true church: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Jeremy
Entering into the temple is a very sacred experience that we must prepare for. We speak very openly of what happens in the temple but save the details because they are sacred. People do not speak openly about overwhelming experiences or personal stories and usually what happens within temple walls is just that. Different ordinances are performed within the temple not only for ourselves, but those who have passed on. We do these things so that those who did not have the opportunity during their life here have the physical ordinance performed for them and can choose whether to accept it or reject in the next life. Just as we must be worthy for baptism, we must be worthy to enter the temple. No unclean thing can dwell in the house of the Lord (1 Nephi 15:34). So just as we must be qualified for college we must be qualified for the temple; For the temple truly is the House of God. Show more Show less