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Hi I'm John

I am a returned missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

About Me

I love to be in the outdoors. One of my favorite hobbies is going trail riding or hiking. Being able to see God's beloved creations simply astound me. I also love to travel. In high school I have taken JROTC which has taught me many things about life, leadership, responsibility, organization, and planning. Another thing I love to do is to farm, garden, and work with animals. In fact, I plan to retire on a farm. My experience of living on a farm has taught me so much and helped me grow and learn many things that I would never want to be without it. I recently returned from my mission in Kiribati which is in the Marshall Islands Majuro mission. I am currently going to school through the Pathway program which is put on through BYU-Idaho. I am currently working at a dog boarding facility, saving up money for college and other expenses. I plan to join the military as an officer after I graduate from college. I love both my God and my country. I want to serve both of them with my heart, might, mind, and strength.

Why I am a Mormon

When I go to church on Sunday, as I walk into the Chapel, I always receive this feeling of warmth and comfort inside of my heart. I tend to stop and look around and think to myself, "This is where I need to be." I cannot explain how this is not the true church when I am always receiving that feeling. The friends and family that I have met in this church are the most kind-hearted, loving individuals I have ever met. I rarely see people as kind and loving as members of the church. It is because of this church, of this gospel that I am happily secured in my life. I no longer worry what my purpose is or where I am going after I pass away. There is always a plan for me and I know it is a glorious plan that will cause me to be happy. I love this church. I am extremely grateful for the blessings this gospel has given me. I have a testimony that this is the true church. I know that no matter how dark life may seem, I can always refer back to the gospel and find the light, the everlasting light. I know I am where I am meant to be. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

How I live my faith

I am currently serving as a second counselor in my congregation. Part of my responsibility is to help the President of the group of men we are over. That may include planning certain activities or doing service projects. A lot of my calling in my church deals with simply helping others. We are to constantly be thinking of the men in our group and to help bring them closer to Christ. I am also a Home Teacher meaning I and my companion have been assigned to visit a couple of families each month and to see how they are doing and if they need anything. I also share a gospel message to them. I have also helped with youth joint activities as well as Scout activities within the church. Our church leaders have constantly advised us to research our family heritage. I have made this a priority and seen many blessings in my life as I have done this. One of those blessings is knowing where I have come from. I have felt closer to my ancestors and closer to my immediate family because I have learned of the struggles or hardships my family has been through. I have recently returned from my two year mission with the LDS church. This mission taught me a lot but, one of the key principles I learned was humility. In my mission many of the people we taught had very little however, they never once showed their despair because they had little. They knew that there are many treasures in life that we cannot see, feel, or hear. One of those is the gospel of Jesus Christ which will bring us joy and everlasting peace.

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

President Thomas S. Monson is the current prophet. He has been ordained by God to lead and receive revelation for this church and frankly, for the world. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Money can negatively influence an individual. By not being paid when called to a church position, we are able to cancel out the influence of money and follow the Spirit with humility and charity. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, we believe that everyone should receiver the opportunity to hear the gospel. I know as a member, I have seen many blessings and much joy as I have lived the gospel. I want everyone to feel that joy that I have felt. When I was on a mission for the LDS church, I would use an analogy when answering this question. When we eat a very delicious fruit. One that is just ripe. Its not too bitter and its not too sweet, it is just right. We would want to share it with our family and our friends. If we were selfish and kept the fruit to ourselves, we would then receive feelings of guilt. However, as we share the fruit we see how it makes others happy as they bite into the flesh and we ourselves become happy as we gaze upon the joy we have helped create. This is how members feel when they share the gospel. This is why men and women are willing to sacrifice eighteen months to two years of their lives in order to tell others about the gospel. The Lord wants all of His children to share the gospel and it is through His missionaries that we can receive it. Show more Show less