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Hi I'm Jeremy

I am Canadian born and bred. I love history and love studying. I am a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Jeremy. I live in Canada. I am 31 years old. I am a husband of 4 years, a returned missionary, and deeply committed to my Saviour and my faith. I love to read, love to write, and study history and politics. I am also involved in the community by serving as a volunteer wrestling coach. I have a testimony of the Restored Gospel and know it to be true and know that we are led by a living prophet today. Because of who I am, I am committed to serving others, and presently in the process of becoming a member of my city's police force.

Why I am a Mormon

At first, it wasn't what I necessarily desired. In fact, it was not even planned. However, a 'chance' meeting with someone who I now consider one of my best friends (apart from my wife) in 2006 changed all of that. He triggered in me a desire to have a spiritual side to my life something that was lacking previously. After trials and hardships, I received the missionaries at my friend's home in Indiana back in 2006. After leaving with a copy of the Book of Mormon and a witness of its truthfulness, I returned to Canada, finished the Book of Mormon, and called the missionaries in my city and had them finish the work. I was baptised in September of 2006 and have not looked back. I am a Latter-day Saint or Mormon because I know the values that we embody are true and just values. The standards we are asked to live are standards I knew instinctively as a child without knowing why. It was for me like I was always MEANT to be a Mormon, and it's brought so much peace and joy to my life.

How I live my faith

I serve as a Sunday School teacher in our ward. This means that for approximately one hour, I teach the adults of our congregation the doctrines and principles of the Restored Gospel. As a young adult, I have attended religious studies classes known as 'Institute' and have graduated. I have also taught the youth of the Church in various capacities and have served as a missionary in the Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast). I live my faith by representing the values of the Church to the best of my ability. I do my best to control my actions, thoughts and behaviors, and share what I believe and what I value with my friends and family who are not part of the Church. I also stand up for my principles when required. I believe that you are not just a faithful Church goer bad nothing more. My desire to live my faith is a 24/7/365 commitment.

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

Jeremy
Becoming a member is simple. First, there needs to be a desire. When the missionaries come to share a message, it is because they love you, and want you to be blessed as they have. You are free to choose to accept or reject this message. If you choose to accept it, and choose to live the standards and the commandments that the missionaries teach you and above all else, know for yourself that the Church and the message the missionaries bring is true, then you can become a member by being baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and by receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost by someone that holds the authority to confer such a gift. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Jeremy
The Atonement of Jesus Christ is the very reason for all that we do, say and believe as Latter-day Saints. The Atonement of Jesus Christ is the most single important act in the history of existence by it is through the Atoning sacrifice of the Savior that we can be found worthy to return to live in the presence of God for all eternity. Because God loves us, Christ came to this earth to be the sacrifice for sin. Jesus Christ did what we cannot do on our own: reconcile our sins before God. Jesus Christ was and is the only perfect man to have ever walked on the Earth, and because of this sinless life, he was able to break the chains that bind us to sin, freeing us from an eternal separation from God, provided we meet up our end by repenting of our sins and abandoning them altogether. If we do our part, then the Atonement makes up what we cannot do ourselves, and we can return to live with our Heavenly Father and our brother, Jesus Christ for time and all eternity. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Jeremy
Joseph Smith was, and is, the Prophet of the Restoration. This means that he was called of God to restore His Church in these days because we have a loving Father in Heaven who wants what is best for His Children. Joseph Smith was the instrument by which everything we need for salvation today was restored to the earth. Joseph Smith saw the Father and the Son at the age of 14, and has done more than any other man, with the exception of Christ, for the salvation of men today. He lived great and died a hero in the summer of 1844. His legacy lives on in each member of the Church. Brother Joseph is to be respected and revered, and not adored. We worship the Savior, but recognize the man chosen of Him to accomplish the will of God here on earth. And above all else...for me, Brother Joseph is one of my personal heroes. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Jeremy
The answer to this question is no. Today, no member of the Church pratices polygamy. In the past, this doctrine was accepted, but its practice was limited, and condtional, meaning not just anybody could enter into such a relationship. The practice of polygamy ended in 1890 by what we call 'The Manifesto' issued by Wilford Woodruff, the 4th President of the Church. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending a Mormon Church and a Mormon Temple?

Jeremy
A Mormon Church or meetinghouse and a Temple are different in the sense that one is used for regular Sunday worship and activities during the week. It is open to everybody. On each meetinghouse, the inscription 'Visitors Welcome' is taken seriously. All are welcome. All are also welcome to the Temple, but before one can enter, one must meet the necessary standards of worthiness. Not just anybody can enter into the Temple. We believe the Temples to be houses built up unto the Lord, meaning that these glorious buildings are God's houses, and we are guests when we enter. We must and be willing to live by the standards the Lord has set and be recommended as one worthy to go into the Temple. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Jeremy
Women are not active priesthood holders, but still contribute to the successful fulfillment of priesthood responsibilities. Motherhood is the holiest of all callings, and as such, women by their very nature, instinctively can fulfill duties such as taking care if the poor & needy, raise and teach children, serve others with a heart of charity and authenticity found nowhere else in this world. Priesthood service teaches these virtues to the men, and as such, where men may hold priesthood titles or callings, if they do not lean upon their spouse or the women of the Church for that extra spiritual strength, then we may come short of the mark. Joseph Smith taught that the priesthood was "incomplete until the sisters were properly organized". In March of 1842, Joseph Smith formally organized the Relief Society, which today is the largest women's organization in the world. Working alongside the brethren, the Relief Society is actively engaged in charity work, welfare initiatives, and building up righteous homes unto The Lord. Just as Eve was a helpmeet to Adam, so is the Relief Society is to the priesthood. Equal in standing, but fulfilling different responsibilities, men and women lead in this Church and both work ultimately to fulfill God's plan, which is to bring to pass "the immortality and eternal life of man". Show more Show less

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

Jeremy
No, the Church does not officially endorse any political party, even if there are members if the Church seeking election. Part of having the ability to choose freely (called agency), is to be able to make that choice without coercion, manipulation, or enticement. It is up to the individual to do their own gut-check and see where he or she stands on the issues, and vote accordingly. We are encouraged to be part of the political process, and to be informed citizens. However, we must also remember that while we believe in honouring, and sustaining laws of the land, we are to remember that the laws of God take precedence in all things, and that we are to avoid that which is unethical, immoral or irresponsible, even if it is legal. Show more Show less