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Hi I'm Jeremy

I grew up all over the United States. I am an aspiring software developer, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I have lived in many different places during my life so far. I was born in Illinois, but since my father was active-duty Army for the US, I have lived in Illinois, Colorado, Hawaii, and Maryland. My interests include mathematics, computer science, and the French language. I am also a gamer, having played various kinds of video games for most of my life. I am now serving my mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Pennsylvania Philadelphia Mission. I have a lot of younger siblings who are sometimes annoying, but always important to the decisions I make.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon for several reasons. The least important one is that I was raised in the Church. Some of the more important reasons include the network of people that I otherwise would never have met, the building of my character that has taken place in the past six years of youth activity participation, and the growth as a brother that I have experienced over the years. For these reasons, and others, I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true church of God.

How I live my faith

Recently, in preparation for my full-time missionary service for the Church, I have participated in several callings, mainly that of a ward-level missionary. Prior to my preparation for missionary service, I served in governing bodies over youth groups at the Church, including a stint on the Stake Youth Committee, an organization that plans activities for youth across many congregations. I am also a home teacher, visiting members homes to teach them the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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

Jeremy
Most people aren't allowed to enter dedicated temples not because it is a SECRET place, but rather a SACRED place. That is the simple answer, however, I am more than willing to go deeper if you so desire. Show more Show less

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

Jeremy
I will use an analogy to describe the importance of the Atonement. This analogy assumes that the Plan of Salvation, as taught by the Prophet Joseph Smith, is accurate. In the premortal world, we, meaning everyone who has ever lived or will live, signed a contract. We would receive physical bodies and the opportunity to prove ourselves worthy of eternal life with Heavenly Father. The terms we agreed to are summarized as 'the demands of justice'. We agreed to be subjected unto the law of justice, which demands that every good deed receive a reward and every mistake a punishment. If the demands of justice were satisfied, we could return to live with Heavenly Father. Here is the catch: every mistake we make has an ETERNAL consequence, which means that in order to pay the punishment for our mistakes would be to sacrifice our chances at eternal life with Heavenly Father. Fortunately, there was another way, a loophole if you will. This path involved the law of mercy. Mercy, however, cannot rob justice. Someone has to pay the price for the sins that would be committed. The Atonement is the act by which Jesus Christ paid the price of our sins. This act satisfied the demands of Justice and allowed mercy to be extended. This act allowed us to be subject to a far more forgiving contract. This contract requires us to live according to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. If we meet the terms of this contract, which are not easy but still possible, punishment is withheld and we gain eternal life. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

Jeremy
Eternal life is our ultimate goal as children of God. "For behold, this is my work and my glory, to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man" (Moses 1:39, Pearl of Great Price). I like to think of immortality as how we will live, and eternal life as who we'll live with. Everyone will be granted immortality, but not everyone will live with God. To have eternal life is to live the life that God lives. This involves becoming like God. Eternal life is granted to those who receive the ordinances of salvation: Baptism, Receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, the endowment, the temple sealing, and the ordination to the Melchizedek Priesthood for males. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Jeremy
The Bible as we now have it did not exist until it was created by the Council of Nicea. Prior to that time, the writings were in circulation everywhere where the membership existed. Also established by the Council of Nicea was the Apocrypha, or all the books that weren't included in the Bible. These writings were also in circulation at the same time as the canonical writings. However, the writings included in the Bible developed by the Nicean Council weren't exactly the same as the original writings as some meaning was lost through translation of the writings between Hebrew, Greek, Latin, and other later languages. As a result, some of the plainer truths taught by the Savior were lost. In order to correct the changes, Heavenly Father had to call a new prophet to receive revelation for His children. Thus, the need for a Restoration of the Gospel. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending a church and attending a temple?

Jeremy
The church meetinghouse is different from the Temple in many ways. The first is the clientele: meetinghouses are public and are available to all who wish to enter. The Temple is a sacred edifice where only the worthy may attend. This difference lies in the nature of the things that are done in the Temple versus the meetinghouse. In the Temple, sacred ordinances beyond that of baptism of water and fire are performed, ordinances that are necessary for eternal life. (See What do Mormons believe about "Eternal Life"). In the meetinghouse, the only ordinances necessary for eternal life which are performed are baptism by water and confirmation, or baptism by fire and the Holy Ghost, and the ordination to the Aaronic and Melchizedek Priesthoods for men. In addition, the LDS Church believes that ordinances may be performed for our deceased ancestors. Such ordinances may only be performed in dedicated Temples. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Jeremy
Grace is the divine power of the Savior that enables us to rise above our circumstances and be saved. In the context of the Atonement, repentance allows us to access the CLEANSING power of the Atonement, while grace is the ENABLING power of the Atonement. One thing that is the result of the Grace of Jesus Christ is that when we repent, we are strengthened so that we can resist future temptations to commit the sin that has been repented of. Show more Show less