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Hi I'm Jeremy

I'm a husband and father of 4. I love math, computer programming and music. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love math, computer programming and music. I love my job as a researcher. Most of all I enjoy spending time with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

The Book of Mormon is the key to why I am a Mormon. When I was 17 years old a friend gave me a copy of the Book of Mormon. When I read the title page I was amazed by what it claimed to be -- an ancient record of the inhabitants of the American continent written on gold plates, hidden away by the power of God, and then discovered and translated into English in the early 1800s by the power of God. The purpose of the book is to persuade all to believe in Christ and to "come unto God" (1 Nephi 6). It is meant to be "another testament of Jesus Christ" (along side the Bible). Growing up I had been exposed to the Bible and had learned about Jesus Christ. But I had an emptiness inside -- I didn't know if God was real, and I wanted to find out. I hoped that there was a God so that I would know that life had a meaning and a purpose. I hoped that our lives didn't just end at death. I felt that the Book of Mormon was my chance of really knowing for sure that God lived. The more I read the Book of Mormon, the more I became convinced that it was authentic, that it really was given by the power of God, and that its purpose was to persuade us to believe in God, to do good by following Jesus' example, and to be willing to enter into covenants with Him. Shortly after my 18th birthday I was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I know with all my heart that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is God's church on the earth today, with continuing modern revelation from prophets and apostles. There is a promise contained in the Book of Mormon that if you read the book "with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost" (Moroni 10:4). It is a great gift to discover that God truly lives and is our loving Father. Please take some time to make an experiment of prayerfully reading this book to find out that it is true!

How I live my faith

Being a father of four is a huge responsibility, and sometimes it can be overwhelming. It means a lot to me that I can go to my Heavenly Father in prayer, and he will give me strength to approach my responsibilities with confidence and peace. My wife and I have always relied on the Lord for inspiration and support in raising our children. We try to set aside time every day to pray as a family and read scriptures. I know this helps all of us to be closer to the Spirit of God, which increases attitudes of respect and love for one another. We try not to judge other family members since we know that everybody has their own struggles. We know that families can be together in the eternities, and that gives us comfort and motivation to serve and lift one another. I try to show my love for God by obeying his commandments as revealed in the scriptures and by modern prophets. One thing that is unique about my church is that we refrain from smoking and drinking alcohol, coffee, and tea – we call this the “word of wisdom”. I view this as a symbol of my commitment to my religion. There are also important health benefits to the word of wisdom. Another way I show my love for God is by fulfilling my duties and responsibilities in the church. Right now I have a responsibility to teach the young men in our congregation. Every time I attend meetings and classes with the youth in our church I am amazed by their commitment to living the teachings of Jesus Christ as found in the Bible. I love to share my testimony with them and hope that I can have some positive impact on them throughout their lives. Finally, the gospel of Jesus Christ teaches me that every person I meet is my brother or sister because he/she is also a child of our Father in Heaven. I try to remember this and treat everyone with kindness and respect and try to be honest and fair. I strive to show appreciation for what God has given me by in turn giving to others, especially to those who are less fortunate.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Jeremy
We believe that every person is a child of God, and is therefore our brother or sister. Joseph Smith, the founding prophet of our church taught that we are to "feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to provide for the widow, to dry up the tear of the orphan, to comfort the afflicted, whether in this church, or in any other, or in no church at all." We also believe in following the example of Jesus Christ who devoted his life to serving all men and women, regardless of their circumstances. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Jeremy
To understand the relationship between faith and knowledge, I encourage you to read Alma 32:26-43 (https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/alma/32.35?lang=eng) from the Book of Mormon. Here are some excerpts: "Now, as I said concerning faith—that it was not a perfect knowledge—even so it is with my words. Ye cannot know of their surety at first, unto perfection, any more than faith is a perfect knowledge." "But behold, if ye will awake and arouse your faculties, even to an experiment upon my words, and exercise a particle of faith, yea, even if ye can no more than desire to believe, let this desire work in you, even until ye believe in a manner that ye can give place for a portion of my words." "Now, we will compare the word unto a seed. Now, if ye give place, that a seed may be planted in your heart, behold, if it be a true seed, or a good seed, if ye do not cast it out by your unbelief, that ye will resist the Spirit of the Lord, behold, it will begin to swell within your breasts; and when you feel these swelling motions, ye will begin to say within yourselves—It must needs be that this is a good seed, or that the word is good, for it beginneth to enlarge my soul; yea, it beginneth to enlighten my understanding, yea, it beginneth to be delicious to me." The seed is the Word of God as contained in the Bible, Book of Mormon, and by words of prophets found on lds.org. Prayerfully experiment on those words with real intent and your faith will grow, ultimately into knowledge. Show more Show less

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

Jeremy
Yes. Just like Joseph Smith was the founding prophet of our church, I believe that Thomas S. Monson is a servant of God chosen to direct His Church today. Just as ancient prophets have lead God's people out of slavery and to a better place, President Monson today leads us out of the turmoil and confusion of the world into spiritual places of happiness and peace. I love to read the words of President Monson as well as the other Apostles and Prophets who are leading our church today. You can find their words and ponder their messages at lds.org. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Jeremy
Yes, we believe in and honor the Bible -- it teaches about the life of Jesus Christ, testifies that he is the Son of God, and persuades us that through him we may have eternal life. At the same time, we believe that some of the purity of the Bible has been lost through the years since it has been passed down through many generations. Joseph Smith, the founding prophet of our church, stated in one of our basic Articles of Faith that "We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly". I am thankful that we now have, through modern revelation, additional scripture which also testifies of Jesus Christ and supports the truthfulness and teachings of the Bible. I believe that God gives us many witnesses of the same underlying truths so that, through prayerful study and the exercise of faith, we may come to a knowledge of the existence of God and the essential role that Jesus Christ plays in our salvation. Show more Show less