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Hi I'm Christopher Jared Douglas

I grew up in Murrieta. I am preparing to serve a full-time mission in Milan, Italy. And, as is evident, I am a Mormon.

About Me

I enjoy exercising. I have a profound interest in studying other religions and cultures.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Latter-day Saint because of the correctness and fairness of the faith's theology. It is unlike any other that I have experienced or studied. If one were to compare the deep doctrines of this faith and compare them with the creeds of other religions, the beliefs of this particular sect make the most sense on both a metaphysical and spiritual region. The simplicity of the teaching with the deepness of its more sacred theology is very reflective of that of the early Christian church. Furthermore, its claim to apostolic authority and modern-day revelation trample common misconceptions held as "truth" among other Christian denominations, namely that of Scripture Alone, or that one is able to interpret Scripture infallibly without any divine guidance, save it be what one "feels". There is only one faith, Lord, and baptism. I affirm that that is only held within this Church.

How I live my faith

I am an active member in my Ward. I go to church weekly. I enjoy feeling the Spirit whenever I read and/or ponder upon the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. I enjoy sharing my faith with others in whatsoever manner I can (it really depends upon the individual!).

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

Christopher Jared Douglas
Some Christians will say the Bible is "infallible", meaning that it has survived the tests of time and has remained whole and replete in translation for the last 2,000 years. This simply is not true. The modern-day translations that we have are merely translations of translations of translations from the original manuscripts. Yes, the originals were inspired by the Holy Spirit, but that does not necessarily mean that their translations thereafter were. Also, if the Bible were infallible, it would not mean anything to those who hold that belief (namely Protestant Christians). There are, in fact, thousands of Protestant denominations who hold the same biblical infallibility tenet. If the Bible were truly infallible, then should not everyone who believes hold the same beliefs in regard to its sacred doctrines? One would think so. There must be a body, a Church, if you will, with proper authority from God Almighty to interpret the meaning of Scripture so as to avoid any possible dissension caused from mere misreadings of the sacred texts. And why would God not talk to us nowadays? Is He not able? Of course He can; He can do whatsoever He pleases. Does He not love us enough to communicate? No, He loves us immensely. It only leads to the logical conclusion that God talks to us to-day, so as to provide proper reproof and guidance to us, His children. Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Christopher Jared Douglas
The way that I see this is that it is fair and just. Why would our Heavenly Father have cause to not disseminate the true and everlasting Gospel of Jesus Christ to every nation, kindred, and tongue? According to most Christian denominations within Christianity--namely Calvinism, Lutheranism, and conservative Roman Catholicism--people who do not accept Christ within their lifetime are destined to inherit the lake of fire and brimstone, even if they have never heard of Christ during their lifetime. That is not fair at all. They take from the Scripture in Romans 1:19-20, which says that all things bear witness of God, therefore all are without excuse when it comes to believing in Him. They take this out of context, and take it to mean that all are held accountable, even if it seems impossible to have ever heard the name "Jesus". But, as would be most fair, God sent His Son to other parts of the world to teach the Gospel. There are even accounts of rudiment Christian beliefs being found among Native American remnants. Also, there are rumours that Christ even visited Russia, and other parts of Asia. So, is the Book of Mormon just another witness to Jesus Christ? Yes. Is it potentially one of many other witnesses to be found? I believe so. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Christopher Jared Douglas
The 'First Vision' is a record that depicts the boy-Prophet Joseph Smith witness his first encounter with God the Father and the resurrected and glorified Jesus Christ, in which They revealed Their plain and precious truths unto him to be restored in a just a few short years thereafter, under Their close instruction. During this ethereal encounter, several fundamental truths were restored to mankind. One of these fundamental truths was that God the Father has a physical body of flesh and bone, as tangible as man's. This is necessary to understand because it gives our Heavenly Father a more real, physical understanding of Him, which can bring about a realisation that He truly is our literal Father, Who resides in His exalted state. Also, this encounter shows that God still does love His children, so much so that He would reestablish, yet again, His truth once more hereupon the earth. For, why would God leave His children to be tossed to a fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine for the remainder of their existence upon this earth? It would seem to be very unfair and unjust for such a thing to be as that which is perceived in other denominations within Christendom; for this reason, God has restored His truths once again, so as to show His unwavering love to His literal children. Show more Show less