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Hi I'm Jeremy

I am a high school student, and a soon-to-be breakdancer. I LOVE MY MOM and I'm a mormon.

About Me

Right now, I am a student in high school. I am a huge NCAA fan and I am really excited to go to college for real soon. I am studying careers and technology at my high school. I am also studying Calculus and am proud to announce that I have survived...so far. I like to create things and even once made my own mask-hat. Don't ask. I recently submitted my eagle application. I am probably the biggest Lord of the Rings fan in the nearest mile. I would've said way more than a mile, but I recently met someone who's just a bit more crazy about the best series ever than even I am, and they live in my neighborhood. I enjoy harnessing my inner nerd even though I love sports. Especially Basketball. Lebron's the bomb but Landon Donovan's pretty cool too. Recently, a couple of my friends and seriously the best friend EVER and I have been trying to learn how to break dance. My best friend is probably doing the best so far with her worm but my six step is getting pretty good.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that this church is the restored gospel of Jesus Christ our Savior and I love being a part of it. I grew up a Mormon and took the blessings of this truth for granted most of my life. I did not have a testimony for myself that it was true until about 6 years ago. My father challenged me to read the Book of Mormon individually and I did. Although I did not truly study it but merely skimmed it, it still made a significant change in my life. I saw how my outlook on life was brighter and how it was easier for me to find ways to help others. By the end of my experience reading the Book of Mormon I had grown closer to my Heavenly Father through prayer and I was earnestly striving to find out for myself whether the gospel was true. Through my diligence in finding truth, God blessed me with countless witnesses from the Holy Spirit that confirmed that the church is true and I am grateful for every single one. I have needed each one to get to the point where I am at now. I know now that no matter what happens to me and to the world, that I will always be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because it'll always be true and I know that the more I study it, the more I will love and appreciate every day I am a Mormon. One of the strongest witnesses I have had from the Holy Spirit was when I read the Book of Mormon once in a little over a month and took the challenge at the end of the Book of Mormon to study the book earnestly and to ask our Father in heaven whether it is true. I prayed to my God and asked about the Book and the spirit came over me telling me that it was true. I didn't really need the witness by that time to know it was true, but that experience made my knowledge of its truthfulness rock solid and I am so grateful to my Heavenly Father for giving me that experience.

How I live my faith

I try to live my life with my faith always present. I am serving in my congregation's young men's group as a counselor and enjoy serving the group. Recently I have been preparing to serve a full time mission for the church. Because of this goal and because of my own evaluation of myself, I am trying to make myself a better person and a person more in tune to the will of God. I also get the opportunity to bless and prepare the sacrament every Sunday.

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Jeremy
My church previously practiced polygamy out of necessity. During the time of the pioneer's persecution in Missouri, there were many husbands who were killed and widows left alone with children. The Lord commanded the members of the church to practice polygamy for a period of time in order to preserve his people. The widows and extra women needed protection and shelter from the men and plural marriages allowed for them to be safe in an honorable member family's home. Show more Show less