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I was born in Belleville, Ontario Canada to my mother, Christine, a Sergeant in the Canadian Forces and my best friend. My father was an enlisted man in the U.S. Army at the time but was killed shortly after my birth. I was raised by another Senior NCO in the Canadian Forces, my dad, Len who isn't a member of the Church but definitely one of the greatest Dads you could want. I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints a week before my ninth birthday, when my mother who had been a less active member, started attending again. Being a member of the Church as a teenager is always a hard thing. I was the only active member in my high school and the only member period for some of the time. But I found ways to cope! I made a ton of friends and got really into things like theater and Improvisation. If you've seen 'Whose Line is it Anyways?' you'll know what I do for fun. I believe that smiling is necessary for everything.
Like a lot of youth in the Church, I gained my testimony at Youth Conference, a weekend of activities geared towards teaching the youth of the Church gospel principles and how to apply those principles in their lives. Naturally I went for the girls. A tradition back home, and in the majority of youth activities in the Church, is somthing called a 'testimony meeting'. In such a meeting the people of the congregation are allowed a chance to stand and basically tell what they believe and why. If you ever attend a Church service on the first Sunday of the month you'll have the opportunity to see one of these. It's an amazing experience and I felt a firm witness that all of these kids, people my age, were telling the truth. Since then I've been able to practise faith and see the fruits thereof! I've accepted callings like teaching the Primary aged children 3-11, being a Ward Mission Leader and currently a Full-Time Missionary. I've found that the only way to know if this is the true Church and if Christ has really restored His gospel to the Earth is to do somthing about it. Faith is an action word in my opinion and we have to knock in order to be answered.
I think this is probably the question I can answer best. Members of the Church go on missions for a lot of reasons, but most commonly it's becase the members know they have somthing everyone needs. The fullness of the Gospel isn't for a select predestined few, or a certain people or country. 'God so loved the WORLD that he gave His only Begotten Son.' John 316 We feel it's our responsibility to our fellow man, whom we love, to give them the opportunity to know these things that've made us so happy! it's only fair.
I live my faith in my attitude, which is really the only way to do it. If you live with an 'Attitude of Gratitude' people will notice. Sometimes as a Missionary people will ask why we're so happy or why we help people who just plain don't want to listen to us. We often will respond 'because we love it.' That's the plain truth, that as we strive to live like Christ, we'll start to be more like Him, or as a friend of mine says 'Fake it 'til you make it!'