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Hi I'm Jeremy South

Hi, I'm Jeremy! I am a dancer, a chef, a guitarist, a software writer, a wanna be philosopher, and i'm also a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently the only Member of my immediate family, with my grandparents also being active. I absolutely, without reserve, love to ballroom dance, I got into it about a year and a half ago in college and since then I have just explored all realms of the subject. I play both Classical and Spanish guitar and my friends tell me I'm great at it, but I cringe every time I hear a recording of myself. Before going to college I had absolutely no idea how to cook, but since then I have been perfecting my Italian rustic cooking style (by that I mean I just make stuff up as I go.) I am a wanna be philosopher reading just about any texts that I can get my hands on. the biggest part of my life right now is the mission that i'm serving. It's not by any standard a traditional mission, which s what I had prepared for, instead what I do for that is to write computer software, it's the same thing that I did for a year at BYUI, I honestly don't think i'm that good at it but they still keep me around so I must be doing something right. I do miss dancing, I really do, but it's just one of the sacrifices required to serve, but 2015 still does shine brightly on the horizon.

Why I am a Mormon

Since I was a child I always felt that there was something more to life than just what was. I was raised in the house of my father, he was either an atheist of an agnostic, I could never really tell. During my childhood I explored a few catholic and protestant faiths, but they never really appealed to me because their teachings didn't jive with me. I think my biggest problem with their teachings was that when I asked, they told me that goodness was wholly dependent on God's commandments, and that didn't feel right to me, they said that to think that anything else would be to deny God's omnipotence. so I kept looking because I felt like their had to be a higher goodness than just an arbitrary set of commandments. later in my life I moved to Idaho to live with my grandparents. they introduced me to the gospel and I went reading through it, I eventually found what I was looking for, in the scripture D&C 82:10 I found that it lined out that even the lord was governed by higher laws which spoke to me of the possibility of a basic level of righteousness that was eternal and unchanging, now that I had found what I was looking for I learned more about the church and was eventually baptized into the faith. that was when I was 11 years old. now I am 19 and serving a mission and I have never regretted my decision to join the church.

How I live my faith

Being on a mission, all that I do is influenced by my faith. My calling is two give up two years for the lord, and that's a full time job, and I never slack, well...that's a lie, I do,quite often actually, but I try not to for this calling. I put much effort towards serving to the best of my ability. Even when I doubt just how far my ability goes, I know that the lord is proud of my effort.

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Jeremy South
one of the best explanation that I believe exists does not come from me, but i would like to share it here. "The practice is based on revelations given to the prophet Joseph Smith on the subject, explaining how it should be carried out. The practice of baptism for the dead is not based directly on 1 Corinthians 15:29, but Latter-Day Saints use the verse as evidence that the practice did exist among early Christians. The revelations explaining the practice are recorded today in various places, but the most important are found in sections 124 and 127 of the Doctrine and Covenants, where it's explained: It's the basis of official LDS doctrine on the subject. And, as it turns out not only did the practice clearly exist, but it just as clearly deviates and fades in people's understanding over time. In Paul's time, it was familiar and uncontroversial enough to his audience that he saw no need to explain the practice, and was able to use it as a supporting argument in favor of something that his audience did find controversial: the literal resurrection of the body. (See 1 Corinthians 15 for context.) The progression shows that the doctrine was gradually lost over time without apostles receiving revelation from God to keep the church on track, and demonstrated why it was necessary for the doctrine to be restored in purity through revelation and not simply interpreted from sparse Biblical references through the wisdom of man. Show more Show less