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Hi I'm Bradley John

I'm a convert to The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

About Me

I am 25 years old and i have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for nearly 7 years. I am a fun loving film fan with a penchant for creative writing, and reading physics and psychology. I do not take myself too seriously and i believe that laughter is one of God's greatest gifts.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because i accept that our world is too intricate and too beautiful to be here by chance. I have read the scriptures and i have prayed honestly to my father in Heaven, and i recieved answers. I have felt the spirit and i have a personal testimony of Jesus Christ and the restored gospel. There are many things in this world which i do not understand, and they are things about the gospel which i continue to learn. But nothing feels incorrect, and when living the gospel, one can see the world from a very different perspective. When leaders of the church talk about members carrying the light of Christ, i have seen that. I have experienced people telling me i feel and act different from others, that i am happy and understanding. When i was investigating the church i had no real belief in God. I simply accepted the idea that maybe something was controlling fate and coincidence. I experienced this church as something different, it felt happy and loving. I went on a trip to America, and when in Salt Lake i saw the death mask of Joseph Smith. At that point everything felt real and tangible. I knew then that my prayers, my reading, my studies, had not just been part of a process but rather a genuine path or journey leading to an actual goal. I knew then that i had accepted all which i had been taught. Like Indiana Jones in the Last Crusade, i was ready to make that fateful leap onto a bridge which i had not originally seen.

How I live my faith

I try to live by example. I do not shy away from being open about my beliefs, and i am happy to talk to anyone about the gospel. I am diplomatic and understand that not everyone has the same systems of belief, and some people may even be against what i believe, but i avoid contention without compramising my views. My job is within the civil services, so i get to see a lot of different people and i sometimes see some very difficult and upsetting things. This does mean however that the gospel gets brought up a lot, which is good because it means i get to talk about my favourite subject to non members almost every day. I am the leader of a group called elders quorum in my ward, and i have been for over 8 months. This means that i lead and teach the majority of men over 18 in my given area. I put a strong emphasis on discussion and pontification within lessons, and i encourage my teachers to use every source available when preparing lessons. With activities i like to be varied, and i try to cater to all walks of life.

What is the Church's position on abortion?

Bradley John
Every soul in Heaven needs a physical body to join us on Earth. That body is a temple to be respected and adored; it is a gift from God. Without a body the soul cannot progress, and will not obtain eternal rewards. We understand that not all conceptions are intended, but no one on Earth has the right to take a life which has not had the chance to be. Sometimes the situations which we least desire are the ones which are best for our spiritual growth. It is for these reasons, among others, that we do not agree with abortion. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Bradley John
When Adam and Eve transgressed in the garden of Eden, they took upon them the mortal coil of death. All who are born into the world will at some point die. We are not immune from commiting sin, and without a saviour we would have to atone for our own sins upon death. Through Christs sacrifice, all who repent and come unto him in life will be freed from suffering in death. Christ's ressurection has also provided us with a means of soul reuniting with body after death. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Bradley John
Being a member is like getting married. You open yourself up to a new and large familiy with different talents and qualities. You take on and share their burdens, and you work to maintain good relationships. Your life continues, and you are part of the world. But the more you study, and the more you pray, the world opens up to you and you begin to see new and wonderful things. You become a beacon of light to all who you meet, and you are able to set a righteous example. Being a member of this church, you learn something new every day. You progress and develop, and you have to ability to become someone whom can you can be proud of. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Bradley John
The Book of Mormon is a historical and spiritual record kept by prophets of old in the Americas before, during and after the time of Christ. These records are another tesitmant of our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ, and they provided further knowledge and supporting evidence to the Bible. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Bradley John
The purpose of life is growth. We have souls with imperfections and individual strengths and weaknesses. We are here on Earth to share those strengths and improve our weaknesses, and this can only be done from a mortal perspective. When our time on Earth is over, we go back to the spiritual world to wait for judgement and then ultimately reward. Think of life like an exam. We have to learn the lesson, study the texts and then take the test. Our final result will depend upon our willing and determination. Show more Show less