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Hi I'm Jack Horsley

I grew up in Riverside, California. I am retired. I am a member of the LDS Church. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I enjoy trains and coin collecting. I also enjoy family history research. I am retired. I am the Father of 10 children. I have 7 daughters and 3 sons. They have given me 25 grandchildren.

Why I am a Mormon

A friend asked me as I drove her home, "How much do you know about the Mormon Church?" I indicated not much. She then said, "Would you like to know more?" I indicated I would be willing to learn more. Well, what I learned immediately began to change my life. I learned the need for prophets today, as in the past. I learned of the Joseph Smith story. I felt it could be true, but was a little skeptical. The meeting ended with a prayer. I was asked to pray. I wasn't used to praying out loud. I continued to read the the Book of Mormon. But I had no thoughts of becoming a Mormon. I continued attending my church. I sang in the choir and felt important as a participant. I was later given the book, "A Marvelous Work and a Wonder" by LeGrande Richards. I agreed to read it. This time I really got into the doctrine and read the Book of Mormon each night. Sometimes I would stay up late and not do my college work. I learned to get on my knees and pray by my bedside. I continued to meet with the missionaries. I could feel their love for me. I believed their message. I knew in my heart I was becoming a Mormon. I asked sincerely if the Book of Mormon was true and was answered in my heart by the Holy Ghost that it was the word of God and that Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God. I continued attending and singing in the choir of my church. But each time I recited the Nicene Creed as part of the church ritual, I realized I didn't believe in the God it tried to define. I always pictured God as a personal being, not a spirit without form, body or passions. The Joseph Smith story of his direct revelation with the Father and Son had only confirmed what I naturally believed. So I stopped reciting the Nicene Creed, and began to realize I was a Mormon singing in the Episcopal Church. I struggled with the social pressure of leaving my friends and becoming a Mormon. I was baptized in February 1961. I later served a two year mission. It was best decision of my life.

How I live my faith

I serve on the High Council of my Stake. Also am a temple worker. I am a home teacher and visit three families each month to see that they are all doing well.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Jack Horsley
The family is central to God's plan to our existence. It is central to our society and the means for bringing children into the world where they can grow up in an environment of love and security. Satan's purposes are to try to destroy the family unit. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints teaches individuals and families how to live His gospel. Those who choose to live the gospel of Jesus Christ become a light unto the world to give hope to those individuals looking to find true happiness, peace, and security in a troubled world. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Jack Horsley
Jesus Christ taught that baptism is essential for all persons, except little children under the age of accountability, in order to enter the Kingdom of God. He gave his Apostles the authority to baptize. Baptism is required of all who have lived on earth (see John 3:5). Because the gospel of Jesus Christ has not been available to all people during their lifetimes, one of the ordinances of the original Church of Jesus Christ was baptism of the dead. Paul taught this principle and ordinance to the Corinthians when the members of the church were disputing the idea of the resurrection of the dead. Paul said to them, "Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? Why are they then baptized for the dead?" (I Cor 15:29) This ordinance is only done in holy temples. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Jack Horsley
Yes, I truly believe the Lord has called a prophet like Moses today. Amos 3:7 states the the Lord will do nothing except He reveal it unto his servants the prophets. Prophets have always been upon the earth to reveal God's word to his children in each dispensation of time. We believe the Church of Jesus Christ was restored in the latter-days when the Lord called Joseph Smith to restore His Church and priesthood. The Church was organized today in the same manner as when Christ set up his Church during his earthly ministry. The foundation of the Church is based on Apostles and Prophets Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Jack Horsley
The Book of Mormon is a record of Israelite people from the tribe of Joseph that were told to leave Jerusalem in 600 BC. They were led to the American Continent. They kept the Law of Moses and were told by their prophets of the coming birth and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Old Testament prophets were also told of Christ birth and resurrection. In 34 AD Jesus Christ appeared to the people of the Book of Mormon. He taught them his gospel and organized His Church as He did in Jerusalem. The Book of Mormon is the history of the appearance of Jesus Christ to a branch of Israel from the tribe of Joseph. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Jack Horsley
The Book of Mormon is a second witness of the divinity of Jesus Christ. Its coming forth in the latter days was foretold in Chapter 37 of Ezekiel. It is referred to as the stick of Joseph. The Bible is the stick of Judah. Show more Show less