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Hi I'm Jaden

I love to make and listen to music. I love games. I love the water. I want to be a doctor. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Music is my passion. I love listening to it, finding new music, and going to concerts of all types. I love alternative bands like Bastille and Two Door Cinema Club, as well as jazz and the band Rush. All through high school I played both alto and bari saxophone in jazz band, our top chamber band, and marching band. I was also a drum major for two years in our school's marching band, and loved every second. I also did a one-year stint in choir. Band defined my life through high school, and the things I learned there will impact me for the rest of my life. I currently work as a lifeguard, and though I've never competitively swum, I love to swim to keep in shape. I love that job, and working as a lifeguard is what led me to my interest in a medical career. I hope to one day work as an emergency room doctor or a heart surgeon, or possibly work for the United States Air Force. I'm also a huge Disneyland fan, I know that place backwards and forwards. I also really enjoy games. Video games, board games, card games, table-top games, it doesn't matter, I like them. Finally, to be honest, I'm kind of a jack-of-all-trades, master of some. I've enjoyed playing airsoft, paintball, and laser tag. I love archery and shooting. I enjoy going camping and the beach. I also enjoy cycling and working on cars. I've dabbled in a lot of things, and I love to talk with people about their passions, especially if I've had some experience with what they love.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, but that's not why I am a member. During my early teenage years, from about the time I was 15 until almost 17 I struggled with the standards of the church. Outwardly, I was doing everything I should, and everyone thought I was a good member. I could tell you anything about the doctrine of the church, but I lacked conviction. Furthermore, I lacked the Spirit in my life, and felt lost. I spiraled further and further into sin and darkness until one day my parents finally noticed. I confessed my troubles to them and began working with my Bishop to repair the damage I had done to my life. It took time, but I finally began to change my life for the better. There were ups and downs, but now, almost two years from when I started to make changes, I feel the Spirit of Christ in my life every day. The Atonement of Christ, his suffering for my sins, is what changed me. Through his help I am now clean. I will bear regret for my sins for the rest of my life, but the sting and sorrow has been taken away in the joy of living the gospel. I'm a Mormon because being a part of his church makes me happy. I feel peace and joy, and the faith I have in God means that I'm not worried about what will happen to me when I die, or even what will happen to me in this life. I know that everything I go through is for the best. And I know that Christ has made it possible for all of us to live with him, our Heavenly Father, and our earthly families for eternity, if we follow his example and commandments.

How I live my faith

I'm currently living my faith by being a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I have been called to serve in the Vanuatu Port Vila Mission, New Caledonia Mission Region, and I am learning French so that I may teach people in their native tongue. I have given up all of my former interests and hobbies so that I can focus solely on teaching people of Christ.

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

This is an interesting question. In the eyes of the world, "Mormonism" was founded by a boy named Joseph Smith living in the state of New York in 1820. However, this isn't quite true. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was founded by Jesus Christ himself. It is the same church that he established during his ministry on the Earth. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon temples? What goes on in Mormon temples?

Mormon temples are some of the most sacred places on Earth, and as such, only those who are holding themselves to the high standards of the Church are allowed in. What goes on inside temples is not secret, but sacred, and as such it is not to be shared with those who are not prepared or worthy to receive it. We encourage all those in our Church to attend the temple frequently if possible, and encourage all those who join our Church to begin to prepare themselves to enter the temple. Inside the temple, we make covenants with God to follow and serve him, and receive the promise of blessings if we do. We also are married and sealed for time and eternity. Finally, we perform these types of ordinances for our ancestors and others who died without hearing the Gospel. Show more Show less