Hi I'm Connor
Hello!! I am Connor. I like to read, watch movies, and play games. I was born in Michigan and ended up in Oklahoma. I am apart of a family of seven (one older brother, two younger brothers, the youngest is a sister, and my parents). I like to spend any free time on the above things, but also enjoy many others. I am looking forward to going to school to become a doctor of oncology (cancer). And I am a Mormon.
Why I am a Mormon
Well, I grew up in the church. I was a person that just went through the motions. I always thought, "Mom and Dad are doing it, so I will too." That's how I was for awhile. But, as time past, it wasn't enough. I didn't have any motivation to do anything. I felt that I was just along for the ride. In school, I was always asked what I wanted to do when I grew up. I couldn't answer the same more than a few times. I felt that I couldn't accept that responsibility of a career. I finally drew a line. I needed to know something about myself. And it was at a pretty young age. At the age of fourteen, I decided that I needed to know if this was indeed true. I read the Book of Mormon and decided to take Moroni's challenge (Moroni 10:3-5). I prayed to know if this was true. The answer . . . didn't come immediately. I continued to pray and ask. Something finally clicked. I realized that I wasn't doing it with real intent. I wasn't willing to do whatever it took to follow the answer I was looking for. I then asked again, but at the end said, "I am willing to follow the answer to the end." I felt something that I can't describe and still can't. All I know is that I knew at that point of time what I needed to do. The career is something that I want to do. I experienced a change of heart and I now know that this church is true. Joseph Smith is a prophet of God. Jesus Christ is the Savior of the whole world. I know this is true.
Why/How do you share the gospel with your friends?
I spread the Gospel because I have received it. I know that these things are true, so I do my best to tell these things to my friends. They do not always follow my lead, but after awhile, they ask me why I do certain things. I take that as an opportunity to teach them. I share the Gospel by my example.
How has attending Church services helped you?
By setting aside time each week and dedicating it to the Lord, it helps me relax. I know alot of people that are stressed throughout the week (myself included) but by going to church each Sunday and keeping the Sabbath Day holy, I allow myself time to collect. The result is that I have a better week. And by keeping those thoughts and experiences that I had that day in my mind throughout the week, I am able to relax better during breaks in the day.
How has the Book of Mormon brought you closer to God?
The fact of its existence. The fact that if it is true, then God speaks to us today. He is not just a silent spectator in the entire scheme of things. He loves us so much, that He has provided the Book of Mormon to help us in our everyday lives. The Book of Mormon has been written for us in this day. Mormon, the prophet historian that compiled the history of his people, said that he was able to see our time. He saw many of the challenges that we have today. He left in stories of his people that would help us all. In my study of this book, I can feel myself get rid of the things in my personality that weigh me down to make way for the things that I need to live a more abundant life.
How can we develop greater harmony in our homes?
One way that I have found that has brought peace and harmony is that we talk to each other. Rather than leave things unsettled, we work on the problem at hand. If my brother is angry with me, I would like to talk to him about it. I am not saying that it has always worked. I am not saying that I have always done it. Neither am I saying that my home is always at peace and is perfect. However, I am saying that as we take the time to talk and, even more important than that, listen, there will be an increase of harmony in the home.
Why do Mormons go on missions?
We go on missions to spread the message of the Restored Gospel. After Jesus Christ and his apostles had passed on, the gospel was changed into a shadow of what it was before. We go on missions to spread the news that it is back on the Earth once more, in its fullness. We may not be perfect, but the gospel of Jesus Christ is. Another purpose of the missionaries is to teach people how they can apply it to their lives even more fully.
How I live my faith
Right now. I am a teacher in the church. I am preparing to go to school. And I am having an amazing time doing it.