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Hi I'm Jim Thorpe

I grew up in Utah and have been a Mormon all my life.

About Me

I am currently serving a mission in the Washington D.C. area. Prior to serving I attended college for a short time and will do so again after in pursuit of a Mechanical Engineering degree. I have always been a very mathematically minded person and love things that can challenge my knowledge. In my free time I spend a lot of time playing video games and working with computers, though that doesn't stop me from going out and enjoying nature on a hiking trip every now and then. I believe that there is beauty and things to learn in nearly every subject, and with enough applied thought and the aid of the Holy Ghost more can be learned than most would think possible.

Why I am a Mormon

There are several reasons why I'm a Mormon, the least of all being that I was born in the church. In my Middle School days I never got much out of it. I hadn't read the scriptures outside of Sunday School and only really went because of social pressures from my parents and friends. In the 9th grade however, I started to attend seminary. Additional church activities every day improved my faith and strengthened my testimony, I started to read my scriptures on my own and say regular prayers. The stand out experience for me came from the scriptures, The book of Moroni in the Book of Mormon chapter 10 verse 4 says "And when ye shall recieve these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if you ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost." I took the challenge placed by the prophet Moroni and prayed asking if the church was true, and what followed was one of the strongest spiritual events in my life. I felt the spirit so strongly that I didn't want to be away from God's presence, and proceeded to say another prayer asking for blessing for... pretty much everybody I knew at the time really. Looking up at the clock after the prayer, I realized that an hour had gone by, but in that hour I learned for certain that this is the true church of Christ and dedicated myself to serving God and my fellow man. The desire of service instilled in my from this event is precisely why I am going out to serve a mission, spending an entire two years of my life helping others to experience the gospel in the same way that I did.

How I live my faith

My favorite way to live my faith is through learning and teaching. I take time every morning to read at least a little bit of the scriptures and have served as a teacher for the youth in my area. I also go out and teach the families that I've been assigned to every month. I also will go and do various activities with other people around my age in the community, such as sports nights, bowling trips, service projects and even camping trips. Aside from the obvious activities, I try to remember the teachings and principles of the church when dealing with everyday scenarios by doing things like watching my language and being kind to everybody I come across. I'm not afraid to stop and ask others around me if they need help with something, you don't need to have a project planned out in order to serve others.

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Jim Thorpe
The New Testament shows us that Apostles are meant to always number 12 except in times which new ones need to be called. During the events detailed in the book, the apostles Matthias and Paul were not of the original 12 selected by Jesus himself, but rather by the direction of Peter. Today we keep this same structure, only temporarily changing from the 12 Apostles when one passes away or when one becomes the prophet after the previous prophet's death and his First presidency is dissolved and rejoins the Apostles. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Jim Thorpe
From the outside, Mormon life appears to be restrictive and overly time consuming. In reality it's actually quite liberating. Our guidelines actually prevent us from falling into some of the more tragic events that befall others. For example we are commanded to avoid drugs and alcohol, so that we don't become addicted and eventually dependent on the substance. We keep control of our lives due to avoiding potential problems like a debilitating addiction that takes all of your time and money to feed. We are also, first and foremost, family focused. Our beliefs and practices regarding a family life all but ensure a unity and happiness inside of the home. Of course that doesn't stop occasional stresses and challenges from occurring, but due to the unity that we share within the home as well as our support lines that we build to other families in our home areas we are built to overcome the challenges that we may have to face. Being a Mormon is entirely a thing of happiness and friendship, strong in our families and strong in our communities, all of us sharing a connection to our Heavenly Father and his Son, Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

Jim Thorpe
When Jesus Christ was on the Earth, he organized a religion that followed his teachings, all of which can be found in the New Testament. After his death the apostles and other believes went amongst the Roman empire to spread the word, but tragically the Church crumbled due to persecution from all sides and the deaths of the apostles. We believe that we are the modern reincarnation of that church, as was prophesied by the Apostle Peter in Acts 3:19-21. We carry the same beliefs and practices that were taught in the New Testament alongside a very similar organization. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Jim Thorpe
A testimony is a statement of belief, essentially when a member of the church shares their testimony they are speaking from what they know to be true. Mine is based on the love that God, our eternal heavenly father, has for each and every one of us; that Christ came to the earth to give us an example to follow and to perform an infinite atonement that allows us to truly repent from sin; that the Book of Mormon is, in addition to the Bible, the world of God, and by extension Joseph Smith who translated it is a true modern day prophet called by God to lead us. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Jim Thorpe
The Book of Mormon is another book of scripture that, like the Bible, teaches and testifies about Jesus Christ and the truth of his life and atonement. It is proof that God doesn't limit communication to a single nation or people, It is proof that God continues to speak to humanity. The Book of Mormon also gives us the words of more prophets that tell of the truth of Jesus Christ, both before and after his coming. It is ultimately a second witness that Jesus Christ is our redeemer, that he took upon himself all of our sins and weaknesses so that if we should come unto him with our problems that he can strengthen us so that we can overcome every challenge that we face in this life. There is a promise that is made throughout the entire book, on the first page and also the last, that if you pray to God, in the name of Jesus Christ, being entirely willing to act upon the answer that you receive, that you can know for yourself about the truth of the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less