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I'm just a young dude that loves to have a good time. I left university and baseball to serve a two year full-time mission for the LDS Church in Zimbabwe because I knew that it was the right thing to do. It was an experience that shaped and is continuing to shape my life. I wouldn't trade it for anything. I I enjoy playing baseball and representing my school. I love to serve others and feel happy doing so. Even though I am very busy with school and baseball, I love to share my knowledge and testimony of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ with others because it brings happiness into the lives of those who embrace it.
I grew up in the church. My parents are very active members. Looking back, i'm glad that they showed me the way. I'm happy to say that i'm not a strong member of the church just because of my parents. They always encouraged me to be active, but were never too forceful. They let me make my own decisions. I did rely on their testimonies though. That's for sure. At a crucial point in my life, I knew that I truly had to find out for myself. I would read three or four verses from the Book of Mormon each night before I would sleep. That was all though. At this important time of my life, I remember praying so fervently about the Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith, and the Church that he restored. After I offered that prayer at my bedside, I felt the Holy Ghost touch me stronger than ever before. I felt that it was true. Something that I can't deny. I decided to make some changes in my life and prepare for full-time missionary service. And I haven't looked back. Since that evening at my bedside, I have had many additional spiritual witnesses and experiences. My testimony has strengthened so much. I know that the Church is true. I know Joseph Smith saw God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. Because of this and many succeeding events, the fullness of the Gospel was brought back in these last days. The proper authority and organization of Jesus Christ's original Church exists today. It is led my revelation through President Thomas Spencer Monson. He is the Lord's prophet today. The Book of Mormon is the word of God. It truly gives us a complete knowledge of our Savior's gospel. It testifies of Him. I know that all of my feelings of guilt and shame can be swept away through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. I know it because I have experienced it myself. He lives. He loves us. I know these things to be true independent of any person, including my parents. The Holy Ghost has testified these things simply through my thoughts and feelings. I can't deny them.
I love to read and study about the history of the Book of Mormon and how it makes complete sense that God called prophets in the Ancient Americas just as He did in Ancient Israel. When analyzing the Book of Mormon, it proves itself. The literary complexities as well as the history plays a very important role in its truth and divinity. However, this is not the most important part in knowing the authenticity of the book. It comes through prayer. Having God tell me that's it is true is essential to conversion. Through the answer that He has given me, I've been able to recognize other answers that He gives me to my prayers. He speaks to me when I read the Book of Mormon through the power of the Holy Ghost which comes from my thoughts and feelings. I have had experiences when I've been studying about the Book of Mormon and I received impressions on certain things in my life. Reading the book invites the Spirit to be with me.
My faith is very important to me. I strive to be an example to those who see me and those I associate with. It's very important to live live a life with high standards. Of course I always fall short of being the kind of person that God wants me to be. But I know that I can continue to improve as I repent each and every day. As I do this, I've seen myself grow as an individual and my positive attitude has an impact on those around me. When I put God first in my life, things seem to fall in place and work out. The key for me is to strive to always be humble and recognize what Heavenly Father has done for me. If I can constantly do this, God will always be first in my life.