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Hi I'm Jeremy

I'm a chemical engineering student who has worked on providing green electricity for thousands of people. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I just completed my freshman year of college, and I am back home for another seven weeks. In late June, I'll be leaving personal affairs behind for two years to serve a mission for my church in Brazil. I already know Spanish, so Portuguese hasn't been too difficult to learn thus far. Golf is my favorite sport to play, and there are plenty of enjoyable courses here in California. I also love soccer, and I can't wait to be in Brazil during the World Cup in 2014. In terms of music, my favorite band is the Red Hot Chili Peppers, with their songs such as "Snow (Hey Oh)" and "Monarchy of Roses". So far this summer, I've spent nearly every day working out, reading the Book of Mormon, napping, and hanging out with friends.

Why I am a Mormon

There was a time in my life when I believed two things about truth: (1) that any person should be able to easily comprehend it, and (2) that it should be able to be proven empirically or through reason. I've realized that while these apply to many truths, there is a whole other branch of truth which I call spiritual truth. Questions that fall under this category include: "Is there a God?", "Is there a life after death?", and, I maintain, "Is the Book of Mormon true?". Surely there MUST be right and wrong answers to these questions -- there either IS an afterlife or there is not. However, for each question, there is either no empirical evidence, or there is an equal strength of arguments on both sides of the matter to the point where, through reason only, we reach an indeterminate conclusion. The scriptures testify that we can know all sorts of truth through prayer and the power of the Holy Ghost (a member of the Godhead; also known as "the Spirit"). It is to this source that I have turned to discover these spiritual truths. I testify that the Holy Ghost is real. To be honest, whenever I used to hear Mormons talk about feeling the influence of the Holy Ghost, I would often question their feelings, thinking that maybe they're confusing this "Holy Ghost" with their own emotions/external psychological influences. However, as I've experimented with prayer this past year, I've come to know that the Holy Ghost does exist, because I've learned to distinguish it from my own emotions and feelings. I know that if a person is humble and prays in faith, believing that an answer can be given, he or she can know this spiritual truth for themselves. Lastly, I've just noticed that I'm happiest whenever I'm living the Gospel. I think a lot of that happiness is due to the self-respect and dignity that I gain when I live righteously. I also feel confident that I am living the way my Heavenly Father wants me to. I know that He loves all His children and wants everyone to return to Him.

How I live my faith

As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, we try our best (though we're not perfect) to emulate our Savior, Jesus Christ, in all that we do. In the Bible, we find that many of His major teachings dealt with service. The Book of Mormon also gives instruction regarding service: "And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God" (Mosiah 2:17). It is syllogistically clear that we can show our love for God by serving our peers, expending our non-renewable resource of time. Service has been an integral aspect of my life, both as a member of my community and of my church. I served on my city's youth advisory committee for six years, and I was the co-president of two service-based organizations at my high school. Most LDS churches in America have their own Boy Scout troops, since BSA is another organization that stresses service. As a member of my church's troop, I earned the Eagle Scout rank and was able to serve my community, particularly through my Eagle Scout project. Soon afterwards, my church leaders gave me the assignment (we call them "callings") of an Eagle Scout mentor. I also served as a teacher in my church group at college, an assignment for which I am very grateful.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

No, we do not worship Joseph Smith. The only beings we worship are God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. That said, Joseph Smith was the vehicle through whom the Church was restored once again to the Earth, according to the same pattern of apostasy & restoration found in the Bible. As such, we revere Joseph Smith for his valiance and diligence, but that is the extent of our feelings towards Joseph Smith. Show more Show less