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Hi I'm John Linford

My name is John. I'm a magician and a philosophizer. I read, write, and learn. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a college student, serving a two year mission. I love the gospel, and I love incorporating it into my life. I run, play tennis, cook good food, perform magic for many different audiences, and study psychology at school.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon for many reasons. I grew up in the Church, so believing and living the Gospel of Jesus Christ always came naturally; it's just what everyone did. As I grew up, I realized that I couldn't just coast in this religion, it was all or nothing. So I began to study, pray, and learn as much as I could about the doctrines and policies of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I found compelling evidence for the truth of the Book of Mormon, the reality of the history of the Church, and the internal consistency of the Church's truth claims. However, all of these evidences and proofs were ancillary without the testimony that I have received of the veracity of God's work on this Earth. I have received confirmation from the Spirit that our Heavenly Father is real and He loves us. He sent His Son to sacrifice Himself in an atoning sacrifice that saves us from spiritual and physical death. He called Joseph Smith to restore the Gospel and to translate the Book of Mormon. The continuation of authority from Joseph Smith to our current prophet remains unbroken, and the Book of Mormon stands as a testimony of the truth of the Gospel and the divinity of Jesus Christ. I am grateful for the Gospel in my life, and I know it is true, and I know that as we come to God through the teachings of the Church we will be blessed and will receive the principles and make the covenants necessary to live with our families for eternity.

How I live my faith

I served as a Self-Reliance Facilitator, guiding others through practical applications of self-reliance in their lives, and have been privileged to minister to many members. I live my faith by applying the principles of the gospel, like in self-reliance, to the rest of my life and sharing how doctrinal ideas can shape the way that we live and grow.

What are Mormon temples used for?

John Linford
Temples are sacred buildings where we make and keep covenants that pertain to our own progression our unification with family, and provide that blessing to ancestors who died without that opportunity in their mortal lives. This follows a pattern that was set anciently, and continues today as part of the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

John Linford
As members of the Church, we consider it our responsibility and our honor to serve God and serve our fellow man, just as our Savior did. We serve full-time missions, and live our lives, to devote time to God to share the message of the plan of happiness with the world, and invite all to come unto our Savior, Jesus Christ, and His Gospel. We know we have the truth, and the light that fills our lives when we live according to that truth is something we are eager to share with the world. Show more Show less