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Hi I'm Jeremy

I'm a musician, a vegan, I hack on code. And I'm a mormon.

About Me

I am a husband and father. In my free time I like to read sci-fi novels, listen to music, and tinker on the computer (yay! linux). I studied music and computers in college. I have a PhD from UC Berkeley. I love spending time with my family. I am a vegan. As part of my daily religious practice I pray, meditate, and read scripture.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I think the revelations received by Joseph Smith are profound and beautiful. I find them to be enlightening and expansive. They ring with truth.

How I live my faith

I try my best to be kind to everyone I meet. I do my best to live a christian life and live by the virtues Jesus taught. I try to be a good example to my children and teach them about the gospel of Jesus Christ by what I do and not only by what I say (very hard to do!). I give service in the Church in my local congregation. This too is a great blessing to me and my family and gives us the chance to reach out to a lot of people and try to bless their lives.

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Jeremy
A stake is a geographical area and is made up of smaller geographically defined congregations called wards and branches. Branches have a smaller amount of membership than a ward. The name "stake" is based on an idea in the book of Isaiah in the bible. In chapter 33 of Isaiah verse 20, Isaiah compares Zion to a tent. He talks about the stakes that hold up the tent. The stakes of the church are thought of in this way. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Jeremy
The general rule for marriage in the church has always been one man and one woman, from Adam and Eve up to the present. Polygamy was practiced anciently by some of the people in the bible. Sometimes the Lord approved it and sometimes he didn't. He only approved it when he commanded it. The Lord taught through one of the prophets in the Book of Mormon his law of marriage and explained why sometimes he commands polygamy to be practiced. He said it is for the purpose of raising up a righteous posterity (if you are interested you can read this on pg. 121 of the Book of Mormon, Jacob chapter 2 verses 27 through 30). The Lord commanded Joseph Smith to instruct the church to practice polygamy. It was for the purpose of raising a righteous posterity and establishing the church. Once the need was over the Lord commanded through his prophet that the practice be stopped. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Jeremy
No. But we did in the past. We stopped in the late 1800s. The general rule for marriage in the church has always been one man and one woman, from Adam and Eve up to the present. Polygamy was practiced anciently by some of the people in the bible. Sometimes the Lord approved it and sometimes he didn't. He only approved it when he commanded it. The Lord taught through one of the prophets in the Book of Mormon his law of marriage and explained why sometimes he commands polygamy to be practiced. He said it is for the purpose of raising up a righteous posterity (if you are interested you can read this on pg. 121 of the Book of Mormon, Jacob chapter 2 verses 27 through 30). The Lord commanded Joseph Smith to instruct the church to practice polygamy. It was for the purpose of raising a righteous posterity and establishing the church. Once the need was over the Lord commanded through his prophet that the practice be stopped. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Jeremy
Faith is believing in something, generally something we can't see or something for which we don't have definitive proof, so much that it motivates us to action. For example if we have faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ we believe it so much that we start doing the things Jesus has asked us to do. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Jeremy
Mormons, members of the Church of Jesus Christ, are christians. Sometimes other christians feel mormons aren't christian because we don't adopt any of the formal creeds of catholicism or protestant christianity. This is because our beliefs about the nature of God are different then those found in the various creeds. But we wholeheartedly acknowledge Jesus as the Son of God and Savior of the world and that through his suffering, death on the cross, and resurrection God has provided the only way for us to be saved from our sins and raised in the resurrection. Show more Show less