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Hi I'm TJ

and I know that Jesus Christ is my Redeemer, and that He lives.

About Me

I am 21 years old and I am a Senior in college. I'm currently majoring in Religious Studies, and when I graduate, I plan on serving a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. One of my favorite things is music, so I am always seen around with my headphones in. My favorite styles of music are indie rock and classic rock, but I will listen to almost anything.

Why I am a Mormon

The reason I am Mormon is because i was asked to get on my knees and pray about it. Ask for myself if it was true. I did. And what i found out was incredible. The peace that has come into my life, the changes that it has made within me. I don't care what people think of my decisions, i know what is true. James 1:5 tells me to seek and i will find. I sought out the truth. I read the Book of Mormon and the promises it had inside. I laughed at some of what i thought was ridiculous, but when i got to a certain point in the book, i was no longer an investigator, i was converted. I was no longer reading as a test, I was reading because i couldn't stop. I am Mormon because it is true, and nothing can shake that faith. And that is promised to all. If you want to know about the Book of Mormon, then read it. But remember that a bitter fountain doesn't bring forth good water. If you read the Book of Mormon with sincere heart and real intent to know AND TO ACT upon what you hear, you will learn a wealth of knowledge not only about the Saviour and the love of God, but about yourself.

How I live my faith

When I had been a member for a year, my Bishop called me to serve as a teacher for children in our Church's primary. I have taught 3, 4, 8, and 11 year olds. It is through this duty that I have come closer to Heavenly Father, and found how to live with faith. I have learned many things from the children. Jesus Christ said that "unless you become as children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven." And I have learned why in primary. The children are innocent, knowing right from wrong, but choosing the right to bring others happiness. They love unconditionally, and do all they can do protect each other and serve the Lord. These are qualities that I have learned from them. I have also learned how to treat others through my dealings with primary. Children are sensitive, and need care and attention; but that is something true in all people. By taking care of children I have learned to take care of others. My calling as a primary teacher in the Church has been a great blessing that I know has been given to me by my Heavenly Father, and it has helped me to increase in faith and learn how to live with that faith.

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

TJ
The way to become a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is very simple. It begins with faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ lived a perfect life, and because of that, we can follow his example. Faith is not just a principle of hearing, but a principle of action. So in having faith in Jesus Christ, we become willing to follow in his footsteps. In recognizing the sacrifices Jesus Christ made, we can begin to understand what those sacrifices mean for us. In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus Christ atoned for mankind, making it fully possible for mankind to receive forgiveness for their sins. The way to do this is through repentance. Repentance is the process of turning away from past sins and vowing to never abstain from those things. It is often a difficult process, as it requires not just a change of mind, but a complete change of heart. But, repentance is the product of faith; once we have faith in Jesus Christ, we will have the desire to repent, making those sins easier to overcome. After repentance, we are called by Christ to be born again, and this is done by being baptized by immersion in His name. Just as Christ was baptized, we too must be. And following that event, we will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, just as Christ did. To begin the process of becoming a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, find a missionary for the Church. Mormon.org provides several ways to contact missionaries who can teach you more about Jesus Christ and His Church on this earth. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

TJ
Mormons do not worship Joseph Smith anymore than they worship Abraham, or any prophet but Jesus Christ. Joseph Smith was simply the chosen prophet of Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father to restore the gospel in this time period. Joseph Smith was a boy of extraordinary faith who was not only willing to go to the Lord for answers, but willing to act on whatever information he received. It is because of his faith that he was chosen to be the mouthpiece for the Lord in restoring His Church and His gospel. Joseph Smith faced severe persecution until his death, but he never faltered in his faith, and he continued to do the Lord's will. As members of the Lord's Church, we recognize the actions of Joseph Smith and the responsibility he had to bring about this work in the latter-days. But our worship belongs to no one but Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Show more Show less

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

TJ
All that we have has been given to us by a loving Heavenly Father. Indeed, the very life we live is given to us as a stewardship. It is not our own, but His; and we must some day make an accounting to Him of how we spent it. In the same sense, all of our income is given to us by Him in order to take care of ourselves and our families. He asks in return that we donate a tenth of that income to His kingdom. By tithing, we are showing our faith in the Lord and recognizing his role in giving us all that we have. We are also showing our willingness to help in the spreading of the gospel, as that money goes to build up the Church and help with missionary work. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

TJ
The Mormon prophet today is a man named Thomas Spencer Monson, and he is the 16th prophet of the Church since its restoration in 1830. I was a recent convert when the last prophet, Gordon B. Hinckley, passed away. So, I was able to see President Monson called, and was able to stand with the entire membership of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and sustain President Monson. It was at that time that I knew that he was called of our Lord Jesus Christ to be a prophet. I know that he is called today to lead and guide the world, and is the spokesman of Jesus Christ on the Earth. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

TJ
A Christian is someone who has accepted the responsibility of taking upon themselves the name of Jesus Christ. In this way, Mormons are indeed Christians! It is our belief that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior, and in recognizing that, we become His disciples and spread His word throughout the world; we become Christians. We worship Jesus Christ for His sacrifices He made for mankind; for it is through His atonement that we can return to live with our Heavenly Father. We are baptized in the manner of Christ, and through His name. We pray to our Heavenly Father in his name. We talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, and we prophesy of Christ. In the fullest sense of the word, we are a church of Christians; those who have given their lives to follow the charge of Jesus Christ, to take up our crosses and follow Him! Show more Show less