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Hi I'm John Tippets

I have lived in Washington, Texas, California and B.C., I study at BYU, I'm serving a mission in Sao Paulo, Brazil & I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi, I'm John. I'm 19 years old. I'm a dual citizen of the U.S. and Canada, but currently living in São Paulo, Brazil. I grew up in Seattle, WA, and have since lived in Texas, California, and Canada. I'm an Eagle Scout. I love watching and playing sports. I'm a distance runner. I love to snowboard. My favorite NBA player to watch is Stephen Curry. In high school I was in congressional debate and was very academically competitive. I love politics, reading about politics, debating politics, (I was an All-State debater and captain of the congressional debate team in high school). As of now, I am serving a Mormon mission in Brazil speaking Portuguese for 2 years, after which I will return to my studies. Before I deferred for my mission, I was a freshman at a highly competitive university which I was very privileged to attend. I'm very interested in girls, although they're usually not so interested in me. I'm a concerned citizen. I love to help and serve others. I do as much community service as I can fit in my schedule. I love to tell people about my religion, even though that people make fun of me all the time for it. I definitely want people to understand me better about why I do what I do. My name is John, and I'm a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

Many people ask me if I was born into a Mormon family as the reason why I'm Mormon, but that's really got little to do with why I believe it's true. Yes, I had many opportunities in my life to learn about it because of my family, but ultimately it's my own personal choice as an adult to follow it or not. As a teenager, I read the Book of Mormon and many other scriptures and literature, studied in classes and learned for myself what we believe, and earnestly prayed to God to know if it really is true. And I felt that I received direct inspiration from the Holy Ghost, God's messenger, the Comforter, that it all really is true. Plus, all through my life I've witnessed miracles and blessings from my own and others' acts of faith, that really could only come through what I believe to be the one true church. Miracles, curing the sick, casting out unclean spirits, resurrecting those who have just passed away back to life, and the teachings of the pure doctrines of Christ - those are things that happened regularly in Jesus Christ's original church and they continue to happen in His restored church in modern times. Because of modern revelations, I understand my purpose in this life, where I come from and where I'm going after death... I understand God has great plans for me and my family, and that I have far greater potential than I ever imagined before... that I have the potential to one day become like my Heavenly Father and do what he does. I choose everyday to try improve and progress so that one day, He can trust me with that responsibility. I don't have all the answers, but I do have purpose and direction because I am Mormon. I could go on for hours all the benefits and blessings of being part of this church, but #1 reason why I am a Mormon is because I 100% believe it's the right thing to do, what God wants me to do and what I should do, and I invite anyone who wants to know why they should be Mormon too to read and pray about the Book of Mormon to feel the same way.

How I live my faith

Something many young, single adults in the Mormon church do is serve 2 year or 18 month missions, and that's what I'm doing right now in Brazil. Missions are completely voluntary, it's not in any way required, and in fact, we normally fund them entirely at our own expense. We don't choose where we serve, but we can be called to any part of the world, any continent, speaking any language. I'm not Brazilian, I didn't speak any portuguese before I received my letter informing me I'd be serving in Brazil, but now I'm learning! We only have the opportunity to contact our families by email once per week and skype twice per year, so the sacrifice is pretty big, but it's 100% worth it because we get to have the opportunity to change lives for the better, by doing service and teaching about Jesus Christ and his restored gospel. To my friends at home, they'd usually respond to that like "huh, that's good for you! That'll be a... great experience, yeah!" while looking at me like I'm crazy. But honestly, a mission is an opportunity to share our happiness with people, to give people hope that, for example, families can be together forever. I'm not talking about just this life, but after death as well. And not just that, but also that one day, we will all be resurrected, have perfect bodies, and become immortal. Ever heard that song by Jay-Z or Alphaville, "Forever Young"? That's the destiny of the entire human race. I get the opportunity to teach people how they can be sealed to our families in Mormon temples, and be given a promise of the Lord that they will stay together after this life. It's entirely about making other people happy and nothing for personal gain... and I'm very privileged to have the opportunity to be that light for these people who are looking for something more in life, hope for this life and the next.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

John Tippets
Yes - in the Old Testament, God frequently called men - usually, unprepared men, as was Moses - to represent Him and relate His will to mortals in their own countries or places of origin. This cycle of prophets explaining God's will goes back to Adam, and continued for thousands of years. Of course, not all prophets were generally accepted as prophets, even by their own countries and peoples, as was the case with Noah, Moses, Jeremiah, John the Baptist or even Jesus Christ himself. Sometimes, mobs persecuted and killed the prophets, and because of this, God took away prophets from those peoples for a time. Jesus Christ sent his apostles after his own crucifixion to continue to explain His will until they too were murdered. People tend to think that just because we received much revelation from the original 12 apostles and other ancient prophets, that that's sufficient for the world's needs, but in actuality, God is a living person who cares much about our needs and doubts right now, which is why when the time was right and the world was ready again, God called a new prophet, or a new Moses, named Joseph Smith to explain God's will, with further clarification and direction for us in modern times, leading God's people through the figurative wilderness of life. Just as Moses was directly chosen by the Lord with the burning bush and with his miracle-working staff, these ancient and modern prophets are chosen specifically and clearly with authority and power. Show more Show less