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Hi I'm DJ!!

I'm an animator, I'm a Californian, I'm a dreamer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a family of ten in the Central Valley of California. We've always been close, and we enjoy having vacations together. From Disneyland to the Santa Cruz Boardwalk to Cannery Row in Monterey, there are a lot of fun things to do in this state. I'm an avid Disney fan with dreams of becoming an animator and making movies among legends. Just recently, I served a two-year mission in Washington, DC. It was a wonderful opportunity to see the world in all one place. There was so much diversity, culture, and history to absorb; I'm not even sure two years was enough time for me!! But now that I'm home, I'm finding ways to use my talents to save money and start building a new life for myself. Things are getting more challenging and uncertain, but at the same time I know that I can press forward and chase my dreams.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church, and I was baptized at eight years old. In my youth, I enjoyed church. But as I grew older, it became boring, even irritating, and eventually the light of Gospel was missing inside of me. The moment where I'd say I finally turned around was at the start of my mission. That's when I started praying sincerely for the first time. I learned that God knew me, and that He loved me, and I also learned that the Book of Mormon was true. Those prayers prepared me for one of the greatest adventures of my life, and showed me how remarkable this church really is. This church was able to change my life for the better. These days, there are still times where I neglect to pray once in a while, or read my scriptures daily. But now I can never deny the truthfulness of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ, as found in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. It's true, that's all there is to it.

How I live my faith

I had to come to terms with the fact that I'm not perfect, and neither is anyone else for that matter. The only perfect being was Jesus Christ, the literal Son of God. So while I make mistakes from time to time, I still try the best I can to be a good person. I try to remember my purpose here on earth, and the things I need to do in order to return to live with my Heavenly Father. People say I have a big heart, and by being a loving person to those around me, I find myself happier and more satisfied with life. I could try and track every single little commandment and stress about keeping them all, but through charitable acts of kindness and compassion, you might say I'm already fulfilling God's commandments. If I try and be a better person than I was the day before, improvement - and repentance - come a lot easier.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

DJ!!
People simply call our Church a cult because our teachings differ from the teachings of other religions. Some people might also think that we are a cult because of false assumptions that we worship Joseph Smith or Mormon, when really our whole gospel focuses around Jesus Christ, the Savior of the World, hence the name "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints". He is the cornerstone of our whole religion, which is what makes us Christian. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

DJ!!
No, Mormons do not practice polygamy. The Lord has specifically revealed to us that marriage is only between man and wife. However, he will allow polygamy if - and only if - he needs his people to bear more children (Jacob 2:27-30). This is why God commanded the early Saints to begin the practice, so that they could have more children and prosper in Zion. Also understand this did not mean that all men in the Church were allowed to have multiple wives. They needed to be worthy and specifically called (or assigned by God through his leaders) to marry additional women for the sake of bearing seed. In 1890, God revealed to Wilford Woodruff, who was the prophet at the time, a new commandment to stop polygamy among the Saints so that they might be protected from persecution. And since then, none of the Latter-Day Saints have practiced polygamy, and if they do, they are ex-communicated. In my mission I have encountered many people who are still confused on the subject because they have seen polygamists on TV or in the news who claim to be Mormon. This is not the case. If they are polygamists, they are not members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, plain and simple. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

DJ!!
The current prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is a man named Thomas S. Monson. He is called by God to lead the church, in the same way that prophets such as Noah and Moses led his church and taught the gospel. Monson is accompanied by twelve apostles, just like Christ had when he was on the earth. Their names are Boyd K. Packer, L. Tom Perry, Russell M. Nelson, Dallin H. Oaks, M. Russell Ballard, Richard G. Scott, Robert D. Hales, Jeffery R. Holland, David A. Bednar, Quentin L. Cook, D. Todd Christofferson, and Neil L. Andersen. Thomas Monson acts as a steward for God, and receives revelation for the church as a whole, which is different from personal revelation. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

DJ!!
The Book of Mormon was written by ancient prrophets, just as other prophets wrote the Bible. They are descendants of Lehi, the first prophet in the Book of Mormon. He was commanded by God to leave Jerusalem and travel to the Promised Land, or what we know now as the Americas. His son Nephi started a record of his family's journeyings on gold plates, which were passed down from generation to generation. The last of the Book of Mormon prophets was a man named Moroni. He buried the plates so that they wouldn't be destroyed. Later in the 1800's, God called Joseph Smith as a prophet and commanded him to translate the plates into English. Joseph was not educated enough to translate the Book of Mormon on his own. He was only able to do it through the power of God. The Book of Mormon is true. You can know for yourself by reading it and pondering the message it contains, then asking Heavenly Father in prayer. I know that if you do, you'll receive an answer from the Holy Ghost, who testifies of the truth of all things. Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

DJ!!
I thought you'd never ask! As you continue to learn about the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ, you'll feel a warmth and peace from the Holy Ghost, testifying to you that these things are true. If you want to learn even more and consider joining the church, you should find some missionaries and participate in some discussions first. There are missionaries on Facebook (like me!), or you can look up the missionaries in your area and meet them instead. When you feel you're ready, you can be baptized by immersion by someone holding Priesthood Authority, just as John the Baptist had the authority to baptize Jesus Christ. Afterward, you'll be given a priesthood blessing, receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and be confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. If you're truly interested, message me on Facebook. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

DJ!!
As Mormons we know that Heavenly Father wants us to have joy in this life. So, we try our best to follow God's commandments in a number of ways: through raising families, having daily prayer and scripture study, attending church weekly, serving others, sharing the gospel with friends and strengthening our community. These are the basic fundamentals for Mormon culture, but our lifestyle can vary greatly from individual to individual. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

DJ!!
No. The Church does not. This is because a piece of the gospel can be found within the platforms of each political party. However, members are encouraged to participate in politics, so that they may fulfill their duties as citizens and voice their opinions to their government. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

DJ!!
I come across this question a lot, and the answer is simple: it's the way God organized His church. However, Heavenly Father has already granted women the ability to create physical bodies, something that men can't do. Even though men hold the Priesthood, women can still exercise the Priesthood. For example, in a ward, the Bishop, who is a man, holds the Priesthood keys for that ward. When a Relief Society President, who is a woman, acts under the duty of her calling, then she is exercising the Priesthood that the Bishop holds. So although women do not hold the Priesthood, they are participants of it, and receive just as many blessings for it as men do. This is similar to the way men are expected to help raise a child, even though they did not give birth to it. This is because Heavenly Father views men and women as equals, and this is a principle that we hold sacred in the Church. Even though they have separate, distinct responsibilities, man is not greater than woman, and woman is not greater than man. They complete each other, and one cannot function fully without the other. Show more Show less