Hi I'm Michael
I grew up in West Texas and loved it. I enjoy simple things. Growing up we always played football at the park, but as I went into high school I stuck with running track and cross country. I have three sisters and a brother, who each are great examples to me in different ways. I also like food, mainly burgers, brisket, and ribs. I'm currently serving a two year volunteer mission in the south part of the Salt Lake valley.
Why I am a Mormon
I was 18 years old and started to wake up 10 minutes earlier than normal to read the scriptures. As I read the Book of Mormon I felt the power of the words, epecially when it spoke about the Savior. I had grown up a Mormon and felt the Holy Ghost hundreds of times, but as I made my own effort, it was stonger and more personal. It was hard for me to stop reading and get ready for work. So that experience was the main reason. Besides that it has strengthened my family, given me hope, and I feel peace regardless of my circumstances.
How has the Book of Mormon brought you closer to God?
I had read the Book of Mormon several times before, but one day I noticed a scripture that I had missed before: Mosiah 5:13 "For how knoweth a man the master whom he has not served, and who is a stranger unto him, and is far from the thoughts and intents of his heart?" I realized that to know God, I needed to serve him, not just when I need Him, or once or twice a month, but I should seek him everyday. It's been wonderful to apply that in my life and I have seen God's hand and his blessings. I can say for myself that I know the Book of Mormon is true.
How I live my faith
I love the opportunity we have to serve. When we go to church we can be involved. I attended other churches with my friends growing up. The message was good, but I felt like I was recieving little and giving nothing, it felt empty to me. In the LDS church I have been able to give talks, visit people in their homes to share a gospel message, serve a two year mission, and perform acts of service. These opportunites help us grow stronger while helping others. They teach us to humble ourselves and rely on the enabling power of Jesus Christ's mercy to overcome weaknesses and perform the tasks God has asked.