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After November, my wife and I will have been very happily married for more than seven Years. We have three wonderful children that we love dearly. I am still in college and hope to graduate soon. My main interest is providing for my family while being a good husband and dad. I've served a mission for the church, played sports, acted in plays and sang in choirs . I enjoy swimming and target shooting. During the summers, I work for an industrial contractor. The work allows me to return home on the weekends. It is a sacrifice for both my family and me, but my family and I understand the necessity for it and we believe it will be worth the time and effort.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is true, but not without challenges. I have accepted the Lord's invitation to "Come, follow me." While I was born into the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, my parents were not. They joined the church some time after they were married. I am the youngest in my family. Unfortunately poor choices and a lack of communication between my parents resulted in a division of my family. Fortunately, both my parents are still faithful members of the church, and have found another spouse to grow with. Some of my family have chosen not to seek out the blessings that the Gospel of Jesus Christ can afford. They remain good people that I admire and respect. I have come to better understand the love God has for all of his children. While my past is full of pain and division, over time my family has continued to adapt to our differences. As the youngest member of my family, I have heard and watched the challenges and trials that my parents and older siblings have gone through. I remain committed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ because nothing else has been able to compete with the peace the Gospel brings to my soul. I also have my own weaknesses and challenges that I am working to overcome. With the help of the Lord, I am becoming a better person. And so, I am a Mormon because Jesus Christ lives and has shown His love and care for me in very real and personal ways. I have not seen Him, but know that one day I will. I am a Mormon because Heavenly Father has answered my prayers. The Holy Ghost has confirmed to me that the Church and the Book of Mormon is true, and that Joseph Smith was chosen by God to restore His church under the direction of the Living Christ. I am a Mormon because the more faithful I learn to become, the more I truly realize what blessings God has given me. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is true. This Church is Christ's Church. President Thomas S. Monson is Jesus Christ's Prophet today. Jesus Christ Lives and He loves me. His blessings of peace and prosperity are given to anyone who will accept His atoning sacrifice and His invitation to "Come, follow me." I cannot adequately express my gratitude to my Father in Heaven for all the help, mercy and blessings that He and His Gospel gives me each day. Truly, I would be lost without Him.
When I was a kid, I used to spend the night at my grandparents house every so often. They were not Mormon, but they helped me to love and appreciate my Savior, Jesus Christ. Every night, they would read from the Bible. Other times they would recite scriptures when the situation was appropriate. They taught from the Holy bible and they lived what they were teaching. At the time, the may not have realized that what they taught was in complete harmony with what Mormons teach. "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." -Philip. 4:13 "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." - Romans 8:28 "And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind and thy neighbour as thyself." - Luke 10:27 "And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." Matt. 25:40 More recently I have been influenced by more of Christ's teachings: "And again, it shall come to pass that he that hath faith in me to be healed, and is not appointed unto death, shall be healed. He who hath faith to see shall see. He who hath faith to hear shall hear. The lame who hath faith to leap shall leap. And they who have not faith to do these things, but believe in me, have power to become my sons and inasmuch as they break not my laws thou shalt bear their infirmities" - Doctrine and Covenants 42: 48-52 "Therefore, my son, see that you are merciful unto your brethren deal justly, judge righteously, and do good continually and if ye do all these things then shall ye receive your reward yea, ye shall have mercy restored unto you again ye shall have justice restored unto you again ye shall have a righteous judgment restored unto you again and ye shall have good rewarded unto you again." - Alma 41:14 " I, the Lord, will forgive whom I will forgive, but of you it is required to forgive all men. And ye ought to say in your hearts—let God judge between me and thee, and reward thee according to thy deeds." -Doctrine and Covenants 64:10,11 " And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them." - Ether 12:27 " Wherefore, my beloved brethren, if ye have not charity, ye are nothing, for charity never faileth. Wherefore, cleave unto charity, which is the greatest of all, for all things must fail— But charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him. Wherefore, my beloved brethren, pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are true followers of his Son, Jesus Christ that ye may become the sons of God that when he shall appear we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is that we may have this hope that we may be purified even as he is pure. Amen." Moroni 7:46-48 There are too many to list here, but these have been especially influential in establishing my core motives and values.
I try each day to take a few moments to read from the scriptures and pray. On Sundays I go to church to take the Sacrament. I also enjoy the opportunity I was given to teach the 12 and 13 year old youth about Christ and His Gospel. I look for opportunities to talk with my family about the Gospel and teach them about Christ. I hope I can help to increase their faith. I know they have helped to increase mine. When at work and school, I keep in mind the standards that I have committed to and strive to be a good example to those around me. Whether it be in home teaching, or in other ways, I hope to live up to the principles taught in Mosiah 4:26 which reads "...for the sake of retaining a remission of your sins from day to day, that ye may walk guiltless before God—I would that ye should impart of your substance to the poor, every man according to that which he hath, such as feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and administering to their relief, both spiritually and temporally, according to their wants."