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I was born in Utah and raised in Wisconsin. I have been a member of the church my whole life and have had the wonderful blessing of seeing my family actively participate in the Church. I attended a High School with a unique Biotechnology curriculum. I graduated from that school in June 2010. During my sophomore year of High School, our family moved to Kobe, Japan for a whole year. There I attended an International Private School where I had the opportunity to become friends with people from all over the world! There I learned the language best I could, met wonderful people, and saw places that would bring the most wondrous awe to your eyes. The strength of the saints was made manifest to me as I attended our small English branch of about 5 families every Sunday. Some of my hobbies that I love to do include yard work, movies, motorcycles, video-games, camping, 4-wheeling, and drawing pictures, of whatever I feel inspired. I love the wonderful talents that God has given me, especially my love for music. I have played the trombone all through school and love sitting in a secluded spot plugged into my headphones. Having time to ponder the little things in life, like why there is nothing more refreshing than lemonade on a hot day, or why hitting your brothers is natural instinct. Maybe even why no matter what, there is always someone in this world that loves you. Little comforts like this drive me everyday to appreciate everything that has been given to me.
I was born a Member of the Church. My whole life I was given the gift of having the opportunity to grow up in the gospel. But as I grew up, I soon learned that I had to find out for myself the truthfulness of the message that I have known my whole life. My faith was shaken. My foundation was made from weak, loose sand. I was even ashamed to be a part of the gospel and would hide it in fear of being rejected by my peers. But, never did I turn away, or deny Jesus Christ as my Savior, or lose my faith in him. Even though I have made mistakes in my life that may have seemed impossible to overcome, I knew that it was never too late to return to the flock, and heed the Shepherd's call. After researching for myself and learning all that I could about the Church, I knelt down in sincere prayer, knowing that my Father in Heaven would answer me. I testify that He did! I know a lot more now then I did then, but I still felt the greatest peace come over me as every doubt was being pushed away forever. I know this is the true Church because God loved all of us enough to reveal to Joseph Smith those precious truths that were lost over the centuries of Darkness that filled the earth after the death of the Apostles. He does not want his children to wander in confusion. Confusion was authored by man. He gave us additional truth to confirm the reality of His Only Begotten Son and His Gospel. This truth and witness is known as the Book of Mormon. Christ Lives! He is my Savior, and the entire world's Redeemer. Because of Him, I can repent. In His agony, there was a moment where he suffered there for me. For a single moment, He and I were together. In that moment, He felt every pain, sorrow, sickness, guilt, and shame that could ever come over me, and much more than that. Christ knows me just as much as he knows you. I try to seek for His Love everyday and live the way he would want me to. I'm far from perfect, but if I try my hardest, he will make up the rest. He will carry me Home.
Well any Chirstian would want to follow the example of Jesus Christ and Fulfill all that he has commanded us to do. Missionary work is one of these commandments. In Matthew 2819-20, the last discourse he gives to His apostles is to "Go ye therefore, and teach all Nations, baptizing them..." There are now over 50,000 missionaries all over the world doing just that, teaching the restored Gospel and baptizing all who heed the message.
Some can argue that it really was written by prophets and others can say that it is not true. But what I know is that everything written in it testifies of Christ. The Book of Mormon testifies of His birth, Life on Earth, His death, and His triumph over death. If reading about Jesus Christ doesn't bring me closer to God, I don't know what will. But I do know that I feel the spirit everytime I open it's pages. I feel it just as much as I read the Bible.
I actively try to remember the Savior's Love for everyone and try my hardest to be like him. I want to always follow after His example of service, and show my charity for my fellowman, anyway I can.