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Hi I'm Jaden

I grew up in Texas and Utah. I play football, sing and love reading and target shooting! I'm a full-time missionary. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I grew up in Texas, which gave me a sort of never-back-down mentality that has helped me a lot, especially as a missionary teaching about and defending my beliefs. I moved to Utah when I was 10, which was a culture shock I'll tell you! But, I also learned in Utah how to calm down that attitude I had learned in Texas and to use it positively. I played football in high school. I was never a star, but that was ok because I played more for fun than anything else. It taught me how to be a team player and put others first, and how to work hard! I enjoy lifting weights, and basically anything that challenges me to push harder is something I want to try! I also sung in the concert choir for my school, which was never something that I thought I would enjoy. But now I plan on staying a part of choirs for the rest of my life, because nothing makes me feel closer to The Lord than music! I'm also writing a book in the little free time I have. I'm the big brother to four younger siblings, which can sometimes put a lot of pressure on the way I live and behave. I try to set a good example and live in a way that will help them go down a path to happiness in their lives. Really, everything I do is for my family because there is nothing more important to me!

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I've found out for myself that this is God's church, end of story. Not because my parents are, not because anyone told me that I should be, but because I asked if this church is the only true one on earth, and got an answer. Growing up, I was the kid that if you saw me walking down the hallway at school you crossed to the other side so you didn't have to walk by me. That was because I was angry, all the time. I didn't really know why, but everything I saw bothered me, including people. Because of that, I didn't have many friends and was just never very happy. I spent my time complaining, hurting the people I loved and getting into fights. But then in my junior year of high school, I finally realized what was wrong. I was trying to live two lives that didn't go together. I was trying to be a good, God-fearing kid when my parents were around and something completely different at school and on my own. I was living a lie. So, I had to decide. Either I had to leave the church entirely, or I had to commit myself to it entirely. I thank God that I chose the latter! I made changes in the friends I hung out with, got rid of habits that weren't in harmony with the gospel and centered my life around Christ. I now know that people can change, because I have! Because of Him and the changes He made in me, I have friends and family and a purpose to life. That is why I'm a Mormon!.

How I live my faith

The biggest way I live my faith is just by trying to be like Christ every day. I also taught a children's class at church back home, and I am now a full-time missionary which means that 24 hours a day, 7 days a week I'm devoted to Christ. I get up at 6:30 every morning and study, then work sharing the gospel of Christ with everyone I can until I go to sleep at night! I have seen the blessings that come from living a Christ-centered life. For a long time I didn't believe that living according to someone else's rules, even God's, would make me happy. But guess what? It's true! Because only if we follow Christ do we get the blessings that He is waiting to give us!

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

Jaden
Our body is called a temple in the scriptures because the Spirit of God resides in us. We are supposed to take good care of our bodies because of that and also because they are a gift from God. If someone gives you a car, you're going to take care of it right? Both because you want to keep it in good running condition and because somebody you are about gave it to you! It's the same way with our bodies. Without one, we can't interact with the world around us; that is why God gave us bodies in the first place. He has given us this great gift, and He expects us to take care of it! Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Jaden
Because we believe that you should serve in leadership of the Church because you love God, not because you want to make a buck! Bishops (or leaders of the congregation) work during the week, and give their time freely on Sunday and whenever else they are needed. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 9: 18, 'What is my reward then? Verily that when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel.' He said that his reward for preaching was not that he made money, but just that he got to share the gospel with people to bless their lives! He even goes so far as to say that if he DID charge people to hear the gospel, he would be abusing the power Christ had given him to preach! Show more Show less