Hi I'm Houston
I wish I could just take you on a journey into my brain for a little while, because that would explain it far better than these measly words can. But since that is un-possilbe (yes, un-possible!) I will do my best to explain me. I'm from the great town of Oak City! Its an awesome little town in rural Utah. I've lived in Florida, Alabama, Texas, California, and a couple of places in Utah. I'm just your slightly irregular twenty something year old kid trying to live life to the best that I can. I try to make the most of every moment. I am FASCINATED by zombies, robots, aliens, unicorns, teddy bears and all other sorts of monsters. If I was an item of clothing I would be a scarf, because no one gives the scarf enough respect, and I would promote neck warming to the whole world. I love to be around my friends and family and I'm all about having a good time. If you're not having fun what's the point? I have a red blanket. I love me some music. I like to play in bands. I've had a couple of my own. Any chance I get to play/write/listen to music, I'm there! My favorite color is purple. I LOVE COOKIES!!! I'm convinced that they are the best food ever created besides Taco Bell. I want to grow a mustache, but I can't... for now! I think it would be really cool to be a mountain man. You know? Live up in the woods and live off the land and stuff. I would totally do that! But I would have to increase my awesome level by like 20%. That pretty much sums it up. THE END!
Why I am a Mormon
Although I'm an 8th generation Mormon, there was a time that I didn't consider myself one. For the first 14 or so years of my life I was only in it because of tradition. After that I didn't want anything to do with it. I went to church only because I "had" to. However, when I was about 18 it came time for me to find out who God was and if what my parents had been telling me all this time was true. I was in one of the lowest points of my life when I decided that I needed more strength than I alone had. So one night I decided to kneel down in prayer and find out for myself if all this was real. After that I knew God was there. Later I felt prompted to read from the Book of Mormon. It didn't take me long before I knew that it was divine. My testimony was still a little shaky though. I decided the only way I would ever know for a surety that this was the true church was to surround myself in it. I decided to serve a full time mission and dedicate my life to serving God. I still had not received that burning firey witness that everyone was always talking about. Until one day about a month into my mission I was reading in 2 Nephi 33:10 which says: "And now, my beloved brethren, and also Jew, and all ye ends of the earth, hearken unto these words and believe in Christ; and if ye believe not in these words believe in Christ. And if ye shall believe in Christ ye will believe in these words, for they are the words of Christ, and he hath given them unto me; and they teach all men that they should do good." After reading that the most powerful feeling came over me and I knew with out a doubt that this was true, and I will testify to this day, nothing can take that away from me. The joy and comfort I feel in this church is unlike any other. I'm still an imperfect person, but the atonement of Jesus Christ is real. Through him I can be made clean and live with my father in heaven again.
Please share your feelings/testimony of the Restoration of the Gospel.
The Restoration of Christ's Gospel brings me SO much comfort. Its a blessing to know that we have a prophet on the earth to help us understand what God expects of us. With God's priesthood on the earth again we are able to do ordinances such as baptism that are necessary for our salvation. Because of the Restoration, I know of the Plan of Salvation, and I know that I can be with my family forever. It brings me great comfort to know that God does have a plan for my life, and that I'm not just someone's gold fish that is just floating around in a sea of nothingness. God knows and loves me. He is happy when I do what is right and he weeps with me when I mess up. I know that this is Christ's church, and I know that He is still the head of it today. I know that he still calls prophets and that revelation has NOT ceased. If God is unchanging why would he call prophets in olden times and not today? It only makes sense! This is true. The Book of Mormon is true. God lives and loves all of his children. I know this is the only true church.
How I live my faith
Right now I'm out preachin' the good word! I'm a full time missionary in the West Virginia, Charleston mission and it is AWESOME! I spend my time inviting others to come unto Christ and find the eternal joy that I have found. I try to be a good boy and set an example for those around me. I strive to be the best I can be and love those around me like the Savior did, even though its a struggle some times. I try to stay grounded in the gospel by going to church and reading my scriptures. I'm a work in progress, but someday I hope to be as great as my Father in Heaven wants me to be. :D