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Hi I'm Joshua David Lemmon

I'm a returned missionary, having served in Missionary in Oklahoma. I'm a fan of Star Wars. I'm a piano composer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the middle child of three. I'm a big fan of Star Wars. I have a love of the gospel. I am high functioning autistic. I am a returned missionary, having served in the Oklahoma Oklahoma City Mission. I was home schooled since 2nd Grade. I am an Eagle Scout. I am working as a farm hand on my family's farm and have previously worked before that as a cashier at Wal-mart. I love LEGOs. I am a self-taught piano composer, having written a few songs and hoping to have some fully orchestrated and published. And I'm a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

The Church has been helping me out since the day I was born. In July of 2012, I accidentally poured some boiling hot water on my left foot and gave it a 2nd degree burn. through a priesthood blessing, it was healed in about 2 weeks. My faith in Christ has grown from that point onward. Other than that, I would say that the main reason I'm a Mormon is that I want to be a Mormon, since we have all the pieces of the gospel puzzle that have been revealed together.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being the best I can. All mankind has fallen short of the glory of God, but we can still show faith in Christ to show that we are able to be trusted. Man cannot boast about anything of himself, for he must rely on Christ and show that it is through Him, after all we can do, that we can live with God again. I know this, and I live by it. That is how I live my faith.

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Joshua David Lemmon
There are many people like you out there, I am sure. I believe the best way for you to find someone to talk to in person about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is to look for someone with a name tag with the word "Elder" or "Sister," in your native tongue, followed by that person's last name, then, beneath that, the name of the Church. These are our missionaries, and they will be more than happy to answer your questions. As Russell M. Nelson, one of our apostles, once said, "Ask the Missionaries! They can help you!" Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Joshua David Lemmon
I don't know a single Mormon who practices polygamy. We, as a church, used to, until 1890, when, by revelation from the Lord, President Wilford Woodruff of the Church issued what is now recorded as Official Declaration 1 of the Church, recorded at the end of what we cal the Doctrine and Covenants, calling for the end of plural marriage. There are still those people out there that practice polygamy, but they are not affiliated with the Church. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Joshua David Lemmon
Mormons are a very helpful people. We are a church built on service to others, including (or, perhaps, especially) those not of our faith. In the aftermath of natural disasters, such as floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, and fires, it is said that the first organizations to respond, sometimes even before the Red Cross, are the LDS Church and the Mormon Church. Funny thing, since the two are the same. So, if you are in need of a hand, help is as close as the nearest Latter-Day Saint. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Joshua David Lemmon
One thing that Christ taught while He was on the earth was that "ye cannot serve God and mammon." As is the case with some who have a paid clergy, it my be difficult to understand, if you're being paid to preach, that you're there to serve God, not to get gain. Besides that, priests are to labor with their own hands for their support, so that they don't become a burden to those of their congregation. One of my investigators on my mission, who I will not name, used to be over a Sunday school of a Methodist Church but left when she learned that the budget for the Sunday school was to be cut so that the minister of the congregation could get a Ferrari and a mansion. Members of the Mormon church don't have to worry about that, because their money is not part of their minister's salary. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Joshua David Lemmon
We certainly do. The Bible is the word of God that He spoke to those in the Old World, from the Israelites to the Jews to the Gentiles. Mormons believe that several groups of people were separated from those of the Old World and brought to the Americas. The Book of Mormon, which we also believe in, tells of the Jaredites, who left shortly after God confounded the language of the people at the Tower of Babel, and the Lehites, or Nephites and Lamanites, who left shortly before Nebuchadnezzar destroyed Jerusalem. Just as Jesus Christ visited and walked with the Jews in the New Testament, he did the same with those on the Americas in the Book of Mormon. Both can be used, and if they are used together, they prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, the Savior of the world. Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Joshua David Lemmon
If you are interested in joining the Church, there are several steps you need to take: First, you need to have faith that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the World. Our Church is built on Him and His Atonement. Second, you need to have had the missionaries teach you what they know about the church. Our missionaries are our most powerful influence in the world. Listen to them, and see if you can feel the Spirit that they have. Feel free to ask them questions about the Church. Third, you need to have read the Book of Mormon and prayed to know that it is true. The validity of our Church hangs on the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. If it isn't true, the Church isn't true. However, if the Book of Mormon is true, then the Church is true. Finally, after you have repented of all your previous sins, developed faith in Christ, read the Book of Mormon and come to know that it's true, and taken the missionary lessons, if you have the desire to come into the fold of God, you will be interviewed to determine your worthiness. Then you are baptized by one who has authority, and will receive the Holy Ghost. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Joshua David Lemmon
What the missionaries will teach you will be entirely dependent on what the Spirit tells them is what you need to know. There are several different lessons that they will want to teach you, including the Restoration of the Gospel through Joseph Smith, who was chosen to bring back the original Church of Christ; our Heavenly Father's Plan of Salvation, which answers the questions of Where we came from, Why we are here, and Where are we going; the Doctrine of Jesus Christ's Church; the Commandments of the Church; and the Laws and Ordinances of the Church. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Joshua David Lemmon
There are exactly 15 people the Church revers as Prophets, Apostles, Seers, and Revelators today. Today they, they are the First Presidency - Russell M. Nelson, who presides over the Church under Heavenly Father's direction, and his counselors, Dallin H. Oaks and Henry B. Eyring - and the Quorum of the 12 Apostles, who are M. Russell Ballard, Jeffrey R. Holland, Dieter F. Uctdorf, David A. Bednar, Quentin L. Cook, D. Todd Christofferson, Neil L. Andersen, Ronald A. Rasband, Gary E. Stevenson, Dale G. Renlund, Gerrit W Gong, and Ulisses Soares. Show more Show less

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

Joshua David Lemmon
In the Bible, Jesus Christ said that he had "other sheep ... which are not of this fold [referring to those in Judea]: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd." (John 10:16). In this verse, he talks about those who have been separated from the Jews due to the wickedness of the Jews at the time. These "other sheep" were those of the Americas, the Nephites and the Lamanites, who, it was prophesied, would see Christ in the flesh after his resurrection. He then told the Nephites and Lamanites that he still had "other sheep, which are not of this land, neither of the land of Jerusalem, neither in any parts of that land round about whither [He had] been to minister. For they of whom [He spoke were] they who have not as yet heard [His] voice; neither [had He] at any time manifested [Himself] unto them. But [He has] received a commandment of the Father that [He should] go unto them, and that they [should] hear [His] voice, and [should] be numbered among [His] sheep, that there may be one fold and one shepherd; therefore [He will] go to show [Himself] unto them." (3 Nephi 16:1-3). Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Joshua David Lemmon
Jesus Christ himself taught that "except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God." Thus, we baptize new members so that they are born of water, and then we confer on them the gift of the Holy Ghost, so as to testify that they are now part of the Lord's church and nothing, save it be transgression, will separate them from God. When we are baptized, we enter into a covenant with God to accept Christ and keep His commandments, and in return, God promises that if we repent, he will forgive us, and that we may always have His Spirit to be with us. Now, there may be those that wonder why we baptize those who have already been baptized in their own church. The answer is that we believe that proper authority, like what Christ and John the Baptist had, is required in baptism, and we believe that our church is the only church that has that authority. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Joshua David Lemmon
Missionary work in the church is entirely voluntary, but we ask that all young men ages 18 to 26 serve for 2 years, while young women from age 19 to 26 may serve if they want to for 18 months, or one and a half years. There are those in the church who don't serve mission at all, and there are also some seniors in their old age who go on missions as a couple for lengths of time from 6 months to 3 years, but it is all up to the individual. You are encouraged to serve, but you are not required to. But if you want to serve you can, for God has said "The field is white already to harvest" (Doctrine and Covenants 4:4) Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Joshua David Lemmon
This is one of the topics in which Mormon beliefs differ from regular Christian beliefs. When we die, our spirits go to what is called the Spirit World, which is divided into two parts: Paradise and Prison. The spirits in Paradise receive rest from their earthly cares and live in a state of happiness. Those in Prison are those who those who both knew the truth and rebelled against it, heard the gospel and rejected it, and never had the chance to hear the gospel. The spirits in Paradise preach to those of the latter two just mentioned. At a time known only to the Lord, our spirits and bodies will be reunited, never to be separated again. This miraculous action is called the resurrection, which is a free gift to all who live on earth, whether they be good or evil. At some point following the resurrection will be the Final Judgement, when all that has lived on earth, with the exception of the sons of perdition, will receive a degree of glory in heaven. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Joshua David Lemmon
As the prophet Malachi said, "Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it." (Malachi 3:10) We are asked to pay tithing, which is 1/10 of our increase, not only to help further the cause of the Church, but also because of the blessings which come from it. Those blessings might not all the time be financial or physical, but they are worth it. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Joshua David Lemmon
While we revere Joseph Smith as a prophet of God, called to restore the gospel to the earth in these the last days, we don't worship him as if he were a god himself. Instead, "we talk of [Jesus] Christ, we rejoice in [Jesus] Christ, we preach of [Jesus] Christ, we [testify] of [Jesus] Christ, and we write according to [the prophecies that have been made of Him and His coming], that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins." (2 Nephi 25:26) Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Joshua David Lemmon
If the Apostles were only meant to be around in the time of Jesus Christ, why did the 11 Apostles, after death of Jesus and Judas Iscariot, choose Matthias to be an apostle to fill Judas's vacancy? What about Paul as well? The reason we have 12 Apostles is because the Lord has not finished his work yet. We have not as yet "come in the unity of faith" (Ephesians 4:13). It won't be until the Second Coming that the need for Apostles will be gone. Furthermore, having 12 Apostles helps keep the doctrine of the Church pure and clean from any practices that are not in harmony with Church teachings, such as what Paul spoke out against in his own day. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Joshua David Lemmon
A ward is another name for a congregation, like the different churches there are out there. A branch is a miniature version of a ward. Both are organized according to geographical area, so that members of the Church can attend a ward or branch closest to them, and protects against "church-jumping" when a family of members moves from one place to another. A Stake is a group of wards and branches in a geographical area, and although it is not a term used in the New Testament, it is found in the Old Testament comparing the church to a tent held down by stakes. But wards, branches, and stakes are more than just congregations. They are like a family, willing to help its members, and members of other religions, in their times of need. Show more Show less

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

Joshua David Lemmon
It is true that we always had the Bible, but there are a lot of churches that use the Bible, and interpret it in many different ways. Hence, it is impossible to know, just from the Bible, which church is true. Take a single dot for example. This dot is like the Bible. You can draw an infinite amount of lines through a single dot, but if you add in another dot (the Book of Mormon), you can only draw 1 line that goes from one dot to the other. Many prophets, like Amos, along with the Apostle Paul, warned those of their time that there would be a general falling away after the death of Jesus Christ. Because of this, many plain and precious truths were taken out of the Bible, including but not limited to - the prophesies of three prophets, Zenos, Zenock, and Neum; a prophecy of Joseph concerning the Nephites and the Lamanites, and of Joseph Smith; and a prophecy of Jacob about a remnant of the seed of Joseph being preserved. Because of this and other changes in doctrine, a restoration was needed. This Restoration began in a grove of trees in Palmyra, NY, on a spring day in 1820, and continues as God reveals more about his gospel. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Joshua David Lemmon
According to our Eighth Article of Faith, "We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God." We believe in the Bible and the Book of Mormon because they go hand and hand. The Bible tells of the dealings of Ancient Israel from the creation of the world up to about 100 years after Christ's birth. The Book of Mormon tells of three groups of people who were separated by God from those in the Bible - The Jaredites, who left shortly after the Lord confounded the language of the people at Babel, the Lehites, who left Jerusalem at about 600 BC, and the Mulekites, who followed Mulek the son of Zedekiah from Jerusalem to the Americas. In addition to the Bible and the Book of Mormon, we also believe in the Doctrine and Covenants, a collection of revelations and inspired declarations given for the establishment of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1830 Ad-1978 AD) and the Pearl of Great Price, which contains an excerpt from Joseph Smith's translation of the Five Books of Moses, called the Book of Moses, a translation of some papyrus brought to Joseph Smith which became the Book of Abraham, Joseph Smith's translation of Chapter 24 of Matthew, Joseph Smith's personal history to when the Aaronic Priesthood was restored, and 13 Articles describing our Faith. Show more Show less