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Hi I'm Jackson

I'm from Rolesville, North Carolina, I attend Brigham Young University, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a student at Brigham Young University, studying Geology and Political Science. I am the oldest of five kids, and enjoy playing football and basketball, camping and hiking, and playing guitar. I am currently serving a full-time mission in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to a family in which both parent were members of the church, and was baptized when I was 8 years old. Although I have never seen what is like to live without the gospel of Jesus Christ myself, I have seen many others who have fallen away, and the road that it takes them down. I know that the guiding principles of our doctrine are in place by a loving Father in heaven, who wants us to be safe from the powerful forces of temptation and addiction. I am extremely grateful for such guidelines that keep us on the strait and narrow path. I am thankful that God so loved each and every one us, "that he sent his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16). I know that God knows each of us individually and wants us all to succeed, be happy, and return to Him.

How I live my faith

Showing my commitment to the Gospel is one of the most important things to me. I strive to be an example and to emulate Christ in my actions. Service is important to me, and I have volunteered at the North Carolina Food Drive, as well as other church-oriented service opportunities. Throughout my senior year of high school, one of my favorite activities was going out with the missionaries in my ward. I went out often, teaching lessons and doing service. At BYU, I have tried to be faithful in my callings. As a teacher, I sought to be effective in delivering my lessons. In the Elders Quorum Presidency, I have tried my best to fellowship help the quorum as well as fulfill my responsibilities. Home teaching, as well, has been a great opportunity for service, teaching, and love.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Jackson
When God sent us into the world, He knew that we would separate ourselves from Him through sin. Because of His love for us, he prepared a way for us to return to live with Him again through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. If you look at the word "atonement," it can be broken down into "at-one-ment." That is exactly what it is. It brings us back to being "at-one" with God after we have separated ourselves through sin. Jesus Christ was the only Begotten of the Father, the only perfect man to ever walk the Earth. As such, He was the only one who could become fully subject to justice on our behalf- or in other words, He was the only one who could pay for our sins. To do this, he suffered and died for us. Because of Him, we can all receive salvation. Salvation is free because of the Atonement. We can never pay back Christ for what He did for us. What we can do is show our gratitude by using it. We use the Atonement by allowing its healing power to change us. Because Christ payed for or sins, we can move on from our past mistakes. We can become something better. And most importantly, we can return again to live with our loving Father. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Jackson
God, firstly, and most importantly, is our loving Father in heaven. He is omnipotent and omniscient- all-powerful and all-knowing. He is not some intangible idea or incomprehensibly unknowable being. He is as real and tangible as the ground we walk on, the air we breathe, and our own selves. He has infinite love for all mankind, and has a plan for each of His children's happiness. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Jackson
On our own, we could never do what is necessary to completely pay for our sins. Nothing we can do can ever pay the required price. We would inevitably fall short unless there was another who could pay on our behalf. That is what Christ did for us. Only He can save us. We are all saved entirely through grace. Grace is a gift for all, whether they recognize it or not. Grace is a wonderful gift, and immeasurable blessing. Our works do not save us or replace grace. What they do is to help us learn and prepare to live with God, and to become like Him in every way that we can. Show more Show less