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Hi I'm John O.

I'm a Mormon because I know it's true.

About Me

I am a graduate student in political science at an Ivy League university. My wife and I are expecting our first baby in a few months. I love politics, history, current events, writing, and reading. I learned Spanish while serving my church for two years in Argentina.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because I know it is the true church of Jesus Christ. I know that Jesus Christ is the Savior and the Son of God. I know that He was resurrected and that He lives today. I know that the Book of Mormon is true and that Joseph Smith was a prophet. These truths are the most important knowledge I possess, and they shape who I am. My family has been Mormons since the church's earliest days, and I was raised in the church nevertheless, I choose to be an active member because I know it is true from personal experience. As a teenager I read the Book of Mormon for the first time, and it changed my life. Knowing the Book of Mormon was true gave me a testimony of Jesus Christ and of Joseph Smith as one of His prophet. This knowledge made me a better, happier person. As my relationship with Jesus and God grew through the doctrines of the Mormon Church, I gained further knowledge that strengthened my resolve to be a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

One Sunday a month at least, I teach classes to the men between 18 and 40 more or less in my ward. Before I received this assignment to teach adults, I taught a class of 9-10 year olds ever Sunday.

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

John O.
The Mormon Church is officially neutral in political matters. The church does not endorse political parties, platforms, or candidates. Before the 2008 election in the U.S., the leaders of the Church sent a letter to all congregations of the Church reminding them of their political responsibilities. It said, “Latter-day Saints as citizens are to seek out and then uphold leaders who will act with integrity and are wise, good, and honest. Principles compatible with the gospel may be found in various political parties.” In the United States, members of the Church serve in leadership capacities in both major political parties and many political groups. The Church does have a constitutional right to express its position on political and social issues. The Church rarely takes positions on these issues, but from time to time church leaders feel it is important to make the Church’s official position known on important political matters. For more information, see the Chruch’s official webpage explaining its political neutrality: http://www.newsroom.lds.org/ldsnewsroom/eng/public-issues/political-neutrality Show more Show less