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Hi I'm Jeremy

I am a fantasy writer. I'm in college studying Linguistics. I was born in Utah but I am from Maryland. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the oldest of six children: two boys and four girls. My life seems, at times, to revolve around spending time with them. There is almost a fourteen year age gap between me and my youngest sister, but I feel close to her and the others anyway, despite being so much older. As the first child, I get to be the first one to do anything in my family. I enjoy playing video games with my family, especially The Legend of Zelda series. I am a student with a passion for Linguistics. I love to write and I am particularly interested in writing fantasy books. I have written two novels and I hope to get them published soon.

Why I am a Mormon

When one is born into the church, it might seem to some people like they do not have much of a choice. They are dragged by their parents to meetings and activities and classes and even to family scripture study and prayer. I will always be grateful that this was not true with my parents. They always let me make my own decisions, and sometimes, I messed up. However, I have always been driven by my sense of duty, to the extent that I never thought that I had my own free will. This all changed early one morning. I was attending a Seminary class, learning about the scriptures at six o'lock in the morning. Again, I felt dragged into going, not as much by my parents as by my duty. That morning, a change in the normal class procedure and the lyrics to a very special hymn changed my perception. All of a sudden, I knew that Joseph Smith was a prophet and that we had a prophet of God on the earth today. I knew that The Book of Mormon was true. I have never doubted that testimony since. I never tire of reading The Book of Mormon. From it I have learned what I know about my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Says one Book of Mormon prophet: "He is the light and the life of the world; yea, a light that is endless, that can never be darkened; yea, and also a life which is endless, that there can be no more death." (Mosiah 16:9) I love these words and I know that they are true. I know that Christ has suffered for our sins, and not only our sins, but He has also suffered our pains and weaknesses and afflictions. He endured physical pain, so much so that blood came from every pore so that he could redeem mankind, and this He did because He loves us. His only design is to help us to live forever with those we love. Our families can really be eternal. I know that the power of God is on the earth today. I know that Jesus Christ lives. He our Savior, our Redeemer, our Shepherd, and our Friend.

How I live my faith

I feel that God has a deep and abiding love for each of us. I have made it my life's goal to seek out those who are less "popular" or "liked" by the eyes of the world and become their friend. I feel that this is what Jesus would have us do: to seek out those who feel that they are alone and to put the arm of fellowship around them. I just returned from a mission for the church in the nation of Singapore speaking the Malay language (and Singlish also can, lah!). As I was on my mission in West Malaysia, I was in a terrible accident which nearly took my life. I broke my right leg and both wrists, my lung collapsed and my aorta was torn. The odds of me living were not very high, but the faith and prayers and fasting of people all around the world helped me and sustained me, and I was able to recover enough to return to Singapore, where I served another 18 months. I understand what it is like to endure pain, and I know that our trials are given to us so that we can become better. I have met many people, especially as a missionary, who have had serious trials and troubles and I have learned from my experiences why God allows us to endure these trials and hardships.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Everything that we know, everything that we care about, everything that makes a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints know and feel and love and stay faithful to their religion is because of the Atonement. This is because the Atonement is the central doctrine restored to the world through the prophet Joseph Smith. The Atonement is the center of and most crucial point of The Plan of Salvation. Without it, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the pattern by which we obtain the right to live with God and our families forever, would be frustrated. If there were a better way than having His first born and well beloved Son suffer infinite pain for all of God's infinite number of children, would God not have figured it out? There is no other way. Mercy states that people may be freed from their debts. Justice demands that all debts must be payed in full. These are eternal principles that stand in opposition to each other. They can not both be satisfied except at the other's expense. Thus, one must stand in the middle to take the full stroke of justice and grant amnesty to the sinner. Jesus, out of His love for us, volunteered Himself for this undertaking. Were it not for a power which brings us "at one" with God, we could never escape the demands of justice. Because of Christ, we can not only escape justice, we can also receive blessing for what we have done right, even to where we can live with our families in a state of unimaginable happiness forever. Show more Show less