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Hi I'm Jantzen Russell

I grew up in the great state of Utah. I'm a runner. I'm a musician. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born of goodly parents who are just the best. I come from a family of 8 children which I think is pretty awesome. I enjoy the great outdoors and cheesecake. I love to laugh and joke around. I like to run--sometimes I do it when I'm bored and just looking for something to do. I love music and sing pretty much everywhere I go. I did two semesters of college for music before I took a hiatus and went on a mission. I currently serve as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the California Rancho Cucamonga mission...and it's pretty much the coolest thing ever. I like to try new things. So if you ever see me, give me something to do.

Why I am a Mormon

You know, I grew up in the church. My parents were members, all of my siblings are members, and I'm a member. It's been something I've just always been raised with. And by golly am I thankful! I think I'd probably go crazy if I wasn't raised a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The values that my parents taught me and the environment I was raised in has helped me more than anything else could have. There's so much good that simply existed in my home because of the beliefs that my parents held. I think of that and it just blows me away how blessed I've been to be raised the way I was. My parents are faithful to each other, they love all of their children (including me--which I would find hard to do if I wasn't myself), and they worked hard to protect us, teach us, nurture us, and provide for us. I love my siblings and I would give anything for any one of my family members. So the truth in the church is always something I've believed in because it's always been evident while I was growing up. But even though that kind of thing leaves it's mark of influence in a life, it's hard to have the values you grow up with stick with you. It doesn't take long in the real world for beliefs to be challenged. When I first left to college, I realized that I had to make some decisions. I made some bad ones and I made some good ones. The bad ones left a lot of guilt and pain. It didn't take long for me to remember what I had been taught growing up. Yeah I was born into the church. But I only stay a member and active because it's true. I had to gain the knowledge, put it to the test, read the Book of Mormon, pray about it, and put for the effort just like any convert to the church. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true church and has authority and direction from God. I know that, God has told me that. And I won't ever turn from that or forget that.

How I live my faith

Well currently I serve as a missionary, which basically means I try to help people I meet come closer to Jesus Christ...or I help them with anything they would like me to help them with. I like to go to church--I do it every Sunday. I read the scriptures which is also really cool. And I pray and that is something I don't think I could ever live without. Praying is an awesome, sacred, and powerful experience.

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Jantzen Russell
We call it the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Some of our basic beliefs regarding who God is, how He loves us and wants to bless us. It talks about how God calls Prophets to give us the Gospel and how the knowledge of the Gospel, although lost throughout time, has been restored to the earth through a living Prophet. That's typically the first thing they talk about. Then they ask you to pray about what they've said. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Jantzen Russell
Probably a number of things. We focus on helping the family a lot, and a lot of people need help in family matters. We believe that there have been truths restored to modern Prophets and that often appeals to people. But I think most of all, all those who live the doctrine of the church with sincerity feel the Spirit of the Lord and want to grow closer to Him as a result. I know for me, that's why I come and stay, it's where I am happiest. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Jantzen Russell
I think there a few reasons Mormon Missionaries proselyte. We believe God wants us to, and so we can do it out of obedience. We believe that our message can help others, and we feel that we should help others; so sometimes we do it out of duty. But I would say more often than not, Missionaries proselyte because they love the Savior and they love others. I am very thankful for what the Lord has done for me in my life; I'm thankful for the impact that the Book of Mormon has had in my life; and as a result, I want to share my feelings and convictions with others. I would say that's probably the reason why, most of the time. Show more Show less