Hi I'm Lance
I like all kinds of things, rock climbing is great, mountain biking is fun, I love the stairmaster at the gym, I enjoy playing a computer game or two with my friends, I thoroughly enjoy a good game of Magic the Gathering. I know how to throw yoyos, I like learning about the history of the United States. I enjoy doing crazy things, although I'm not generally the one that comes up with the idea. So I like being around people that come up with that kind of stuff. I am the oldest of 7 children but my little sister acts much more responsible than I do, I will forever be a kid at heart, I love having goofy fun too much to properly "grow up". I love my family dearly and know that even if we are different, we will always love each other. I know life is what you make of it, no one can take away my freedom to choose what I want to do, and that drives me to be the best I can be. I love life and know that humankind can do anything they put their minds to, the trick is finding the things that are really worth putting your mind to. I'm 21 years old, soon to be 22. I'm getting ready to go to college, and I'm super excited about life.
Why I am a Mormon
I was born into the Church, but I have learned for myself how much it blesses my life and the lives of my family and friends. When I live it the way I know I'm supposed to, I am happier, more satisfied with my life and feel better about myself, I don't regret anything I do when I live the gospel, and that's really important to me. It gives me a reason to keep trying to be better, it is an anchor that never moves, and it is a motivation to be the best that I can be because Jesus Christ wants me to become like him. God has so much more in mind for us that we do for ourselves, He sees our true potential, and I want to live up to it. I know that Jesus Christ suffered in the Garden of Gethsemane for me, and for all other people that would ever live on this earth. He did this because he loves us all so much that he wants us to return and live with our Heavenly Father again. I want to repay him in any way I can, and the best way I can think of is to live as he taught us to live, follow his prophets, read his words, and follow his example. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints helps me do all these things and more.
Why do Mormons go on missions?
We go out for 2 years as young men or 18 months as young women, we pay for our missions ourselves if at all possible, and we give up all wordly things to do this. Why? We go because we know that Jesus is our Savior and Redeemer, we go because we know that our message can bless people's lives and bring them closer to our Heavenly Father. We go because we have a firm testimony of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, we go because we know that our Heavenly Father has called a prophet on the earth to teach us. We go because we care, we want all men and women to feel the peace, and true lasting happiness that we feel because of the Gospel in our lives. We go because we love our God, we love Jesus Christ, and we love their Gospel, and we want to share it. Please, if you have missionaries come to your door, listen, I promise you it will make you happy not only in this life, but in the Eternities to come.
How has The Book of Mormon helped you understand the purpose of life?
It says in the book of 2 Nephi, chapter 2, that "men are that they might have joy" What does joy entail? I think that our Heavenly Father put us on this earth to learn, grow, make mistakes, learn from them, and feel peace, not just to "have fun." Christ didn't suffer in Gethsemane and die on the cross so that we could have fun, he died so that we could have joy. Joy in this life is deeper than the purely pleasurable experiences which are here this moment and gone the next day. It involves being happy from day to day, no matter your personal circumstances or problems. One of my greatest joys is my family, they love me, I love them, we have a blast together, sometimes we don't get along perfectly, but we never stop loving each other. I know that my family will always love me, and that brings me peace and joy in this life. When we are joyful, we are thankful, we are content with life, whatever it may bring. When we are Joyful, we have an eternal perspective, when we are Joyful, we don't regret the times we have fun. When we are Joyful, we are at peace with the world and are at peace with our God. Our Gospel message brings Joy to people as individuals and as families, I testify of this, "men are that they might have joy," what a powerful message in such simple words. I rejoice in my God, I rejoice with my family, I rejoice that I have a knowledge of who I am, what I am supposed to do in this life, and where I will be going after this life. You can have this joy as well, I promise you, it comes from living the gospel and doing your best every day to become like Christ.
How I live my faith
I live my faith by always striving to improve myself, make myself more like Christ, and always trying to do better than I did yesterday. I go to church every week with my family, I learn from my teachers, I read the scriptures, I pray, and go to activities and service projects. I strive to be a better person. I know the wonderful effect the Gospel can have when we live it to the fullest and I want everyone to have the same joy. I know that my Heavenly Father gave me this life and my wonderful family, I want everyone in the world to have the same amazing happiness that I have when I live his commandments.