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Hi I'm Jarom

I'm a native Arizonan. Currently studying Computer Science at ASU. I'm going to serve a mission in Cleveland Ohio. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've lived in Arizona for nearly all of my life so far. I love reading books, especially science fiction, and hiking in the beautiful Superstition Mountains near my home. I'm in my freshman year of college at Arizona State University studying for a degree in Computer Science. I was a part of the Scouting program in my youth and am an Eagle Scout. I enjoy spending time with friends, especially a close circle of friends that I've grown up with for over a decade, almost all of whom are now serving missions in Peru, Rome, El Salvador, Tacoma Washington, Richmond Virginia, and two more are expecting mission calls shortly.

Why I am a Mormon

I originally was baptized into the church because of the example of my parents and extended family. However, over time it became more than just the religion of my parents. I have developed my own beliefs through scripture study and participation in church and youth activities. I now know that Christ is my savior and God loves all of his children. As a member of the church, I recognize the commandment to go throughout the world and teach; to help people come unto Christ. I am excited and proud to serve a mission.

How I live my faith

I'm a regular church attendee, in which I teach a Sunday school class. I was born into a Mormon family going back several generation and I've been blessed with great parents. I choose not to take part in drinking alcohol, smoking, drug use, or other activities destructive to one's body and spirit to show God my appreciation for this beautiful gift of life on earth. I'm currently preparing to serve for two years in the Cleveland Ohio mission.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Jarom
God has asked all young men of the Church to go throughout the world to teach. This is to spread the light of Christ to all people and allow as many people as possible to learn about and accept Christ's teachings. Helping people accept Christ as our Savior will bless those being taught and the missionaries teaching them. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Jarom
The family is of divine origin. God gave us the family to bless our lives. In a family where a father protects and provides and a mother nurtures and teaches, children raised have better lives and are better able to learn from their parents to have faith in Christ and prepare them to raise children of their own one day. I have a personal testimony of the importance of families, I know that my life has been blessed because of the combined effort of my parents to raise me in the Church and because of this I feel prepared to go into the world and teach others and to one day have a family of my own. My parents also greatly benefited from being raised in a family under God. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Jarom
The Church itself does not advocate for any political party, in fact they practice Political Neutrality and never advocate for any political candidates or parties. However, I have seen myself that occasionally the leaders of the Church send letters to Bishops or other local leaders to ask members to vote a certain way. An recent example here in Arizona was Proposition 205, which was a bill to legalize the ownership and sale of marijuana across the state. On a Sunday several weeks before the 2016 November election, my Bishop read a letter before worship services began, asking those present to take a stand against drug abuse and "to let their voices be heard in opposition to the legalization of recreational marijuana". This was the first time I had heard an announcement from the Church like this and from asking my parents and doing my own research, I have found that there are some topics that the Mormon Church sometimes asks us to vote a certain way on. To be completely clear, this is always because of a religious component to the topic and only then. The only political involvement the Church takes part in is when a law will restrict our ability to practice our religion or legalize an action or substance known to be destructive or displeasing to God. Some examples are abortion, physician assisted suicide, drug and alcohol abuse, and religious freedom. No matter what political affiliation of Church members, we are always encouraged to participate in the voting process. Show more Show less