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Hi I'm Jerich

I grew up in Utah. I'm an author and musician. I'm a programmer and software QA engineer. I've got big dreams. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to write. Currently, I'm working on a book series that I hope to have published soon (the first book, not the whole series yet). People always ask, so I'll tell you here - the genre is science-fiction. I've made excellent progress in the book, and it's one of the few projects I've enjoyed committing myself to. Throughout the project, I've discovered new things about myself through the characters and their actions. I am inspired by some of the things I've written because they reflect who I am and how I've changed in my life. Additionally, I am learning to write software, and I have dabbled in Java, javascript, HTML, C/C++, and SQL (Postgres). I primarily use Ruby now that I've learned it and seen how powerful it is, and I'm working on a project for a company's webservers. I've been a software tester for a couple of years as well. I worked to find issues in the software and report them to the programmers. In High School, I was active in Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and DECA, and went to the National conferences in both. I love to play video games. My favorite is Minecraft, where I have had fun making castles, skyscrapers, mountain fortresses, and several other things, block by block. My friend and I have plans to make music in the future, our inspiration being Daft Punk and Skillet. I love music because of the way it can communicate emotions and messages in ways that words alone can't. It's become a huge part of my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the gospel by loving parents. At the age of 18 my faith in God was shaken heavily due to certain events in my life. I prayed often for help and guidance, even though I felt like my prayers weren't being answered. Finally, I decided to tell people about my problems, and I began taking the steps necessary to recover from what I was going through. I found people whom I could trust. I came to trust one of my friends more than I trusted anyone else. He was always there for me. He listened to me. He talked to me and gave me counsel. Another man, who I never thought would have had similar issues, came and talked to me about my issues and the atonement of Jesus Christ. I later prayed about what he had told me, and the feeling was tremendous. It felt as if a physical burden had been lifted from me, and an overwhelming sense of peace overcame me. At that moment, it was confirmed to me; I knew the truth of the gospel. There was light and warmth in my life after 8 long months of darkness. I'm a Mormon because I know that this church has the fulness of the gospel, and it was restored by God through the prophet Joseph Smith. I have experienced for myself the power of the atonement. Heavenly Father gave His Son for us, so that we might return to live with Him again. I know that Jesus is the Christ. He suffered and died for us. More importantly, He lives for us. He knows each of us personally. I know these things to be true.

How I live my faith

I strive to live my life in a way that shows my standards. I try not to do anything that would embarrass myself, my friends, my family, or the Church. I am not afraid to stand alone, and I have found that when I do so, others have the courage to stand with me. Up until recently, I taught lessons in church. I do family history research and make sure the saving ordinances are done for my ancestors. I want the music I make and the books I write to have an inspiring message, and I keep that goal in mind when I work on those projects. Online, I share my beliefs with others through how I speak, what I do, and what I talk about. I know what it's like to feel alone or rejected, so I look out for those who need someone to help them in their life, even if it's just by listening to them or saying a simple "hello" to them. I try to reach out and treat everyone with the respect and love that Christ would treat them with. I try to look for the good in everyone I meet, regardless of their background. Through these small and simple things, I help great things come to pass.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints does not just serve their own. The gospel teaches us to help all who are in need. Our humanitarian efforts have been strong all over the world. We aided in the relief after Hurricane Katrina, doing cleanup and other services. Our Helping Hands program has done service in the wake of many natural disasters. Donations of cash and material assistance have exceeded $1 billion since 1985. We have been taught to love our neighbor, as demonstrated very finely in the parable of the Good Samaritan. King Benjamin, one of the Nephite kings in the Book of Mormon, taught that "when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of God" (Mosiah 2:16). We take those words to heart, and we strive to serve diligently. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

We need to voice our beliefs if we want anything to change. Make your voice heard by talking to others. You will inspire others to make their voices heard. Change happens when not just one, but many people speak up. Express your beliefs in public. Voice your concerns to people responsible for making and enforcing laws. This is an almost universal principle for any subject, and it definitely applies to the matter of pornography. I can't stress how important it is to be civil about it, though. If you let it degrade to a shouting match, then you are no better than the other person, and it may even set back the cause. When you show your respect for the other person, change is more likely to occur. Talk to your children about pornography and chastity once they reach an appropriate age. If they have been exposed to it, then talk to them again. If you catch your son or daughter viewing pornography, stop them and talk to them. Make sure they understand the consequences of viewing pornography - both short- and long-term. Do what is necessary to solve the problem. Express your love for them. This is one of the most important things you can do in this situation. Please, do not fall into the trap of accusing and scolding. Contention will not solve the problem. Instead, teach - and more importantly, live - righteous principles in and out of the home. Show more Show less