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Hi I'm John Taber

I've been a Mormon my entire life. It's something I've held to through thick and thin, that's always been there for me.

About Me

After being laid off from my job in 2002, I moved back to Delaware where I had grown up starting at age nine. Ultimately I found a respectable job here, with the county government where I maintain maps using ArcGIS software and update databases. I met my wife online yes, it can happen and she joined me here from the state of Washington.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and baptized on my eighth birthday. While that keeps me in the Church's records, it has been and continues to be a personal choice to continue to participate, and live the Church's teachings. The most significant contribution I made was two years of missionary service in Italy, starting when I was 19. Basically, I stay involved for the service opportunities, and to be spiritually nourished.

How I live my faith

My primary responsibility involves overseeing eight congregations' efforts to maintain their membership databases. We as a church believe that it's important that everyone who is baptized, and their children, are tied to a specific congregation. Usually this covers a specific area so that local leaders can meet members' needs. I also track where these members live in northern Delaware, northeastern Maryland, and a nearby part of Pennsylvania so that those at higher levels can see trends, and congregations from time to time can be restructured to best meet the members' needs. I also serve as an ordinance worker in the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple, and teach elders' quorum (association of men) monthly. I also support my wife in her Church positions and various service activities.

What is the First Vision?

John Taber
In spring of 1820, fourteen-year-old Joseph Smith Jr. had questions about the Bible, and how the religious movements settling in the area where he lived fit what the early church leaders had called for. To this day in the crossroads of his hometown of Palmyra, New York, there is a Protestant church on each corner. He went into the woods to pray and ask God, as called for in the Epistle of James: "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not, and it shall be given him." James 1:5 He struggled at first, as it seemed that Satan was trying to keep him from praying, to give up - he felt surrounded by darkness. In time, though, he saw a pillar of light directly over his head, and two personages. One indicated to the other, "This is my beloved son. Hear him." Heavenly Father and his Son, Jesus Christ, appeared to the young Joseph and answered the questions he had. They told him not to join any church, but that in time he would receive further instruction. About ten years later, he was called to organize what is now known as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

John Taber
Thomas S. Monson, President of the Church, is the prophet, seer, and revelator today. In addition, his counselors in the First Presidency, and the Twelve Apostles, are sustained as prophets, seers, and revelators. 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.

John Taber
We know that the eleven Apostles called Matthias to replace Judas Iscariot. Beyond that, we don't have much of a record - Paul was called an Apostle, for instance, but we don't know when he was called or who he would have replaced. About five years after organizing the Church, Joseph Smith and his counselors asked Oliver Cowdery, David Whitmer, and Martin Harris to call a new Quorum of the Twelve. This Quorum has been maintained to this day, though from time to time an open seat remains that way for as long as a couple of years. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

John Taber
We consider baptism - as we perform it, by those with authority - to be essential for all. As such, we give those who have passed on without receiving it the opportunity to partake of it. We don't know if those for whom we have performed baptism will accept it, but we know it has to happen in our temples if it is to happen at all. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

John Taber
We feel that some elements of our message are so essential that they need to be shared with the world. We try to reach those who need to hear them, or want to hear them. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

John Taber
Temples are used for ordinances that we consider to be essential. They begin with baptism for the dead (the living are baptized outside the temple, usually in meetinghouses) and culminate with the sealing of husband, wife, and children eternally as families. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

John Taber
 The Book of Mormon is a record of the spiritual experiences of people that settled in the Americas, mostly centering around an extended family that left Jerusalem six hundred years before the birth of Christ. Christ visited them after his resurrection, but about four hundred years later the civilization and church they had built collapsed. The last of the prophets to write in the book, Moroni, buried the plates they were written on. About fourteen centuries later, he appeared to Joseph Smith and directed him to recover the plates. Joseph Smith translated some of the plates into the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less