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Hi I'm John

I'm a Veteran. I'm a Christian. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I served in the United States Army doing Satellite Communications and Network Coordination. I grew up in Southern California and joined when I turned 19 to get away from home. I have always been pretty patriotic too though. The national anthem has always given me shivers. Also Born in the U.S.A. by Bruce Springsteen. I did my training in Georgia (the state not the country). I was stationed in Germany, Maryland, and Kuwait. I only did about seven and half years active duty. I got out of the Army because we were starting to draw down from the wars, and I wanted to settled down and start a family. I have been out for a year, and I am currently completing training for massage therapy which I will then use to pay for school. I will go on to become a physical therapist. I like the idea of working with wounded warriors.

Why I am a Mormon

First I prayed to know if God loved me and was real. I had an experience which led me to believe that God was indeed and was real beyond coincidence. After that I submitted my will completely to God and opened myself to all possibilities. I would have even started my own religion if necessary. I started reading any and all religious texts from all cultures and lands. I studied Buddhism, the Huna Way, the Koran, the Bible, Taoism, and of course the Book of Mormon. It was about this time that the missionaries contacted me, when they came over I said a prayer in my heart to know if this was where God wanted me to go, and I received a spiritual confirmation from the Holy Ghost, more powerful than anything I had ever felt before.

How I live my faith

I wake up everyday and put one foot in front of the other. I do my best to live all of the commandments and to keep my word.

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

John
God is the Father of Jesus Christ. God has a physical body which is separate from Jesus. God is our Heavenly and Spiritual Father. God raised us and knows us. We can know Him too. Most importantly He loves us, perfectly and completely. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

John
A testimony is a spiritual witness given to an individual by the Holy Ghost. Some think of a testimony as a before and after and that one's testimony may somehow be measured in physical terms over time. The testimony of which we speak does require action. One may acquire a testimony of something by searching and pondering out their question, if you think you have found an answer, you may pray humbly being willing to submit to God's will and receive an answer to all things. It is this spiritual witness that is the foundation to a deep conversion to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

John
This is an interesting topic. While some of the things that we are warned against are pretty obvious: tobacco, alcohol, and illegal drugs. Others are more controversial and difficult for people to give up: coffee and tea. This revelation was sought after originally because Joseph was looking for a way to tell the Brethren of the church to stop using tobacco. The women were put out that they would have to scrub the floor of spit from chewing tobacco. In addition to its consumption leading to, at times, disastrous results and being warned against in Proverbs, alcohol was produced by those who were persecuting the early Mormons. Therefore it was also a boycott of sorts. Coffee and tea are controversial because there are articles saying good and bad things about them. I look at this part of the word of wisdom as kind of a modern day Nazirite type of commitment. In the Old Testament those who wanted to commit their lives to God would take a Nazirite oath, in which they would not cut their hair or eat anything of the vine (grapes and wines). Samson was a special Nazirite from birth. Typically this vow or oath would last for about a month, but it could also be much longer. In addition to showing your commitment to God, it forces us as members to share our religion and beliefs with others. Especially if you think about how often people go for coffee or tea. Show more Show less