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Hi I'm Jamison Richey

I love doing EVERYTHING! I'm an Alaskan and I proudly, boldly declare: I am a Mormon!

About Me

I am a go-getter. I have earned my Eagle Scout rank, graduated high school as the Valedictorian, and participated in sports. I love basketball, volleyball, running, snowmaching (snowmobiling for all you non-Alaskans), motorcycling, learning to play the piano, guitar, ukulele, violin, etc, ballroom dance, and the list goes on. I find I can be very chatty, I enjoy conversing with people and coming to understand their points of view, expressing mine, and giving advice when sought. I also like having independence and freedom, and am my own person. Living in a more rural part of Alaska, I get to thrive in the vast outdoors I consider my backyard. If I had a choice, I'd take wild space over cities. The calm serenity of the mountains, the roar of a river, or the richness of a forest are places I can feel most at peace. Willow, Alaska will always be my home!!!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon. Why? Initially it was because I was born in the church. I grew up getting taught the gospel. It was a big part of my life, but didn't see it the way I do now until I started adolescence. This is when I realized that I really needed the gospel in my life. I found the most joy and happiness when I lived the gospel standards, when I started to wander, I just felt discontent and unsatisfied. What really solidified my faith in the gospel is when I gained my testimony of the Atonement, repentance, and forgiveness. I know Christ is my Savior. Being freed from the guilt and bitterness of not living true to the gospel of Jesus Christ, I cannot forget what He has done for me. I show my gratitude for Him by living the gospel and following His living prophet on the earth today.

How I live my faith

I love being an active member in my local church ward. I participate in blessing the sacrament and have calling to both lead music, teach men 18 years and older, and visit/teach assigned families every month. When I go to these families I both give them a spiritual message and make sure they are having their needs met. I've brought in dinners, cut wood, and spent time with them in order to make sure they are not wanting. I have recently received a 2 year mission call to England to serve the Lord, my God, in preaching the gospel, loving and serving my fellowmen, and uplifting those I come into contact with. I am so excited to dedicate two years of my life to this amazing calling.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Jamison Richey
A testimony is your personal knowledge of a spiritual topic. It starts with a belief and/or faith in something, then it leads to trying that spiritual principle, that's when the Spirit testifies to you that what you're doing is right. When you get a testimony of a spiritual principle, you know and become unshakable and unmoveable. You will stick to that testimony and that testimony will grow as you exercise it and try to grow it the most you can. A great way to grow your testimony is to share it and practice what you have been taught. I have a testimony of the truth of the Church, I have seen the vast benefits of being a church member. I hope any who read this will try for themselves some of the basic priniples of the gospel to find those same benefits. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Jamison Richey
YES!!! We are Christians! We "talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ". 2 Nephi 25:26 Our whole belief is centered on Jesus Christ, we accept Jesus Christ as our Leader, our King, and our Savior, the Son of God. Through His atonement we can be cleansed from guilt and sin. I know this is true, I've felt it's cleansing power in my life. I wouldn't be the person that I am today without it. I love His gospel and I am honored to be called for two years to serve Him as a missionary for His church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, serving and teaching the children of God in Southern England by bringing the truth of Jesus Christ into their lives. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Jamison Richey
There are some things in this world that can't be proven according to physical evidence or logical means. There ARE supportive proofs that the Church is true and members that testify of it, as well as many people that try to claim it isn't, but that doesn't matter in most cases. What does anybody else's opinion really matter to you when you really are trying to know the things of God? God knows what is true and what isn't. When I wanted to know for myself, I turned to God. My parents belief in the Church didn't matter, my friends' different beliefs didn't matter, what people would think didn't matter. I had to know and I knew that it was only through study of the scriptures and sincere prayer that I could find the answer I was looking for. It came by the Holy Ghost. It, through a warm, peaceful "it's right and true" feeling, whispered the truth of these things to me. It's a feeling I know, it's hard to describe, and cannot deny. This is a feeling or witness that everybody can and will feel if they sincerely try to learn for themselves. The Spirit can be felt best when you try to live the best you can to follow the Commandments of God. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Jamison Richey
God loves us. We are His children and He wants us to return to Him and be happy. However we must first be clean in order to return to live in His presense. Jesus Christ has shown us the way to become clean by being baptized by immersion by someone holding the proper authoritry, the Priesthood. Baptism by immersion is an ordinace which symbolizes the death of a person’s sinful life and the rebirth into a spiritual life. We make a covenant, or a two-way promise, with God that we'll be obedient to His commandments and be dedicated to living God and Jesus Christ's teachings. Also we teach that little children are redeemed through the mercy of Jesus Christ. They are “alive in Christ” and cannot sin. (see Moroni 8:8-24) They do not need baptism until they understand the difference between right and wrong, which the Lord has revealed is at the age of eight. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Jamison Richey
Good question. Faith is the very most basic principle of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is an unseen, untangible power in us that motivates us to do something. It is believing in, or better yet, hoping for something that we cannot prove unless we act upon that belief. When you get up in the morning, you hope for a good day, you believe that you can have a good day, but unless you get out and make it a good day, it won't do any good sitting there wishing it will be a nice day. Faith in God works this way. We can know of God, we can wish there will be a God, but until we put that faith in Him, trusting that He will keep His promises, we cannot know that He is there. The Book of Mormon prophet Alma compared faith to a seed. If you plant a seed and nourish it, if it is a good seed it will grow and eventually bear fruit (Alma 32:28-43). It is the same with faith. If you are obedient to God’s commandments, study His word, and have a desire to believe in Christ, faith will grow inside of you and it will bear the fruit of blessings, happiness, and a firm belief in God. I have seen my own planting a seed of faith grow, blossom, and bear fruit and I know that God is and Jesus Christ lives. Show more Show less

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

Jamison Richey
The Book of Mormon is a witness of Jesus Christ, our Savior. It supports and verifies the Bible. It contains the writings of ancient prophets of a people lead to the American continent. The Bible contains prophecies about these people (see Ezekiel 37 & Isaiah 29). In 1823, Joseph Smith was visited by a heavenly messenger named Moroni, the last of these prophet historians, in the same way that angels often appeared to the early Church leaders. (See book of Acts). The Angel Moroni informed Joseph that God had a work for him to do. A record of the ancient inhabitants of the American continent, containing the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ, was buried in a nearby hill. In 1827, Joseph received the record written on thin plates of gold. Joseph translated the book into English by the power of God and published in 1830 as The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. It is named after Mormon, an ancient prophet who made an abridgment of the sacred records of his people. It has blessed the lives of millions of people through its powerful message. The book verifies the reality, divinity, and mission of Jesus Christ, and also Heavenly Father’s plan for His children. Christ appeared resurrected to these people, taught them His gospel, and formed His Church. The book contains the teachings of Jesus Christ, of His Atonement, His love, and also a great promise that those who read it and sincerely pray about it can know by the Holy Ghost that it is true (Moroni 10:4). Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Jamison Richey
First off, lets define the word 'cult'. One definition listed for ‘cult’ in Webster’s Dictionary is “a religion regarded as unorthodox.” The LDS religion is not a branch or a 'break-off' of any Christian church, Catholic or Protestant, so to some Mormonism is seen as unorthodox. By way of example, we define who God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost are differently than that definition accepted by most denominations because of the Nicene Creed. The label 'cult' usually is tagged on the LDS people by those attempting to slander, discredit, or otherwise criticize the Chruch, which usually stems from misunderstanding our belief. Such misunderstandings often vanish when people begin to realize the commonality of what The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints really teaches and believes. That Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that He is the Savior and Redeemer of the world whom we love and worship. When people take the chance to learn and understand, the term 'cult' is no longer applied, but is changed to a better opinion and more understanding that we are followers of Christ. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Jamison Richey
It's the way we refer to our congregations and organize ourselves. A ward is the local congregation; or branch if it is a smaller congregation. It's based both on geographical area and how many members live in that area. A ward/branch structure is the same anywhere in the world. There is one service lasting three hours with three different, but important, parts: Sacrament, Sunday School, and a seperate class for men and women respectively called Priesthood and Relief Society. The same lessons are studied and taught from one ward and/or branch to the next because the teaching materials are universal worldwide. Each branch or ward has a spiritual leader who presides over the congregation called a branch president or bishop. These men have been chosen from the congregation to voluntarily serve the members in this position. They have a responsibility for the spiritual and temperal welfare of each person in their ward/branch boundry. A ward or a branch is a family and a community in which members develop friendships and help each other. Through service, members lift one another’s burdens and express their love. A stake is a group of wards, again determined by geographical area and the number of members. Stakes are lead by a stake president who helps and directs the bishops in their position. The term "stake" is taken from Old Testament tent imagery in which the “tent,” or church, is held up by supporting stakes. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

Jamison Richey
We believe in life after death, as well as a life before we came to earth. The purpose of the life before was to learn and grow all that we could as spirits children of our Heavenly Father. We reached a point where we couldn't grow anymore until we could have a body and make choices for ourselves away from the direct influence of Heavenly Father, or in other words, being tested by walking by faith. After we've lived on this earth we'll be judged for our actions and receive a reward according to who we became and how we used our chance to grow. God's and Jesus Christ's whole purpose is for us to return to live with Them together as families in heaven. Heavenly Father has revealed to us what we need to do in order to return to Him, by choosing to follow Jesus Christ, but He knew that not all of us would make right choices in our lives, so He sent His Son to come to and pay the price for our sins. Through Jesus Christ's sacrifice we will all live again, or be resurrected as immortals, but this is different from Eternal Life. Eternal life is in addition to immortal life, living in the presence of Heavenly Father and receiving the highest reward in heaven, given to those that follow Jesus Christ and keep His commandments. Show more Show less