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Hi I'm CJ

I love reading, writing, skiing and debating. I love My heavenly father and his Christ. thats why i'm a mormon

About Me

Currently serving the Lord in the Saint Louis Missouri Mission after wards i plan on attending school and finishing up my law degree so i can go into the world and try to make it a bit of a better place. I'm an idealist, not a philosopher or politician. I'll tell you things right up to your face and then leave it to you to figure it out what i meant or should have said.

Why I am a Mormon

To me a testimony is knowledge a person has but is unable to properly convey with words alone. My words alone cannot do it justice, and even though my testimony is my own I feel that even I do not understand it. However feelings of inadequacy must be replaced and one must trust that despite all odds something that is said will reach the heart of those who hear. My testimony grew out of necessity instead of a real desire on my part. What I mean by this is that I reached a point in my life where I had to know that someone was out there. Up until that point I had never thought too much about God or why I was here. I was simply enjoying what life had to offer me. Then one day that wasn’t enough for me anymore, I couldn’t continue along the path that I was on. Something NEEDED to change; I had to KNOW something that hadn’t before. I wish that I could say that I had a remarkable experience the night that I prayed to know if someone was out there. I wish that I could bear testimony of events that would shock and awe the world, however that is not my privilege. Instead I felt alone, as if no one had answered my prayer, as if no one was even listening. I was devastated. All my life people had told me that all I would need to do in order to know if there was a God, or if the Book of Mormon was true, was to pray. I settled into bed that night upset and angry, not at all feelings that I had expected. But amidst those feelings I had a single thought come to my mind, which stayed with me far longer then it otherwise should have. The thought was simple, “Act as if it is”. After that night I began to follow that thought. I acted as if there was a God, that he did love me, and that he did know me. I acted as if the Book of Mormon was true and every word that fell from the Prophets and Apostles mouths were from the mouth of God himself. Not surprisingly I soon found myself being happier then I had before. This continued until I finally realized that I had received an answer to my prayer that night; someone who DID want to listen had heard me; and, by allowing me to act for myself he had provided me, not with the testimony that I would like, but instead has given me the one that I need. I know that God lives. I know that Jesus is his Christ. I know that in our times of greatest need he is closest to us. It is through his suffering in the Garden, as well as the Cross, that he is able to run to us, lift us up, and carry us to a place of safety. He does this for no reason other then that he loves us and wants us to be happy, not just for time, but all eternity as well. I know that he can do this because he has done it for me. It is through him that my life has purpose, and by him that I am able to accomplish that purpose. He is my Savior, He is my Redeemer, He is my Friend and my Brother. I love him for all that he has done for me and all that he will continue to do. I know these things are true because I have lived them. I have seen the influence that they have had on my life. I may look like the same person I was before I gained this knowledge, I may sound the same, but I am not the same person that I was before. I have been changed in ways that I could only imagine. Nothing else could have changed me so thoroughly as Christ has. I also know that because he has changed me, he can also change you, if you let him. That seems to be the hardest part of it all, letting him change you into a better person. I know this not because I’ve been in your same situation, and not because I know what your going through, but because I can’t see how He COULDN”T help you if you only let him in. This is my testimony, and I close it in the sacred name of Jesus the Christ, Amen.

How I live my faith

I believe that truth can be found anywhere. I love the fact that Our Heavenly Father allows each of us to learn and express their love to Him in different ways. I believe that you don't have to be a missionary to share the gospel. I believe that the most powerful of sermons is lived, not taught from a pulpit or in a classroom. I live my faith by striving to become a little more like my Savior everyday. I try to lift others up, not put them down or degrade them. I know how important is has been to me to have someone believe in me and encourage me to be the best ME that i could be. Because of that i try to have faith in everyone else i meet and encourage them to live their own life, but to live it the best way THEY can. After all, that's what Jesus did right?

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

CJ
If they do I'm missing out! haha, no the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints does NOT practice polygamy Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

CJ
We celebrate an holiday that is in line with the gospel of Christ. That means holidays that include the sacrificing of a chicken or the like over an alter wold probably be out. (Thanksgiving is however totally approved) We also celebrate birthdays and other local customs depending upon your respective country. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

CJ
Ideally the missionaries will share with you things that have touched their lives and have the potential to change yours for the better. They will share the principles of the restored gospel in such a way that will enhance your testimony of Jesus the Christ as well as improve your life for the better. But keeping in mind that missionaries are people too thy will probably come over and talk with you about your life, as well as their own. They will share personal experiences that have led them down this path and show you the blessing they have seen from walking it. They will learn to love you, you will be the most important person to them regardless of who you are. Hopefully you will be able to love them in return. Show more Show less