Hi I'm David Israel Linton
I was baptized when I was eight and I love this Church and its teachings. I graduated high school in 2013, and am on track to study film acting. I plan to work in Hollywood interestingly enough. I love to ski. I've skied at resorts like Brighton, Alta, Snowbird, and The Canyons. My favorite has to be Alta. I love double black diamonds. The thrill of going 20+ miles an hour down the side of mountains is amazing. I was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and have been living in Salt Lake City since. Both of my family patriarchs were pioneers- Samuel Linton from Ireland and Daniel Garn from Germany. They both came to the United States in the 1800's as newcomers to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Some of my interests include collecting rocks and sea shells, a BYUtv show called Studio C, and spending time with my nieces and nephews. Since being in film, I want to watch a lot of movies to inspire my ability to act. My favorite movie ever since I saw it back in 2005 is a PG movie called Finding Neverland. Not some action packed PG-13 movie, and definitely not an R rated movie (Mormons are strongly advised by the prophets to not watch R rated movies) I want to act in fantasy films. Fantasy films inspire and ignite the imagination. That's what fascinates me about fantasy films. I think imagination is key to helping people find their inner self and their own personal peace.
Why I am a Mormon
I am glad to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I believe in the truthfulness and the goodness of its doctrine. Being a son or daughter of God means so much more than to have been brought into existence. The church strives and has strived to be an example to the world, and I am thankful to be a part of that movement. I am trying to live the gospel because I know, that if I do, the Lord will bless me with good fortune, while I experience hardships on the path of life. It won't be easy, but I know that it can make me stronger. I choose to do this. This is what I know is right.
Which of the Savior’s teachings have influenced you in your life?
The Savior's teachings of love have helped me greatly - to sympathize with people and to treat people with kindness. Everyone has a story to tell, everyone experiences life's ups and downs. It helps me to know that for all of the things going on out there in the world, I can do my bit by helping someone. Love is something too powerful to be put into words, it's an amazing thing.
How can your talents and gifts bless others?
People all have talents and gifts. My talents and gifts can bless others by being an example. When you reach out to one person or another, not only would that person take note of whatever you've done, but I'll bet at least one other person would observe as well. It could be anything from giving a compliment to letting an elderly person have the priority of a comfort, other people will notice your example, if not firsthand, then second, or third. It always helps to be an example.
Please share your feelings/testimony of the Restoration of the Gospel.
I believe that the Restoration of the Gospel is a major blessing to the world. And that, is an understatement. I am glad that the gospel is restored to its previous glory. With powers such as the priesthood back in place, we can have wonderful miracles which the power of the priesthood is able to bestow. We have the fulness of, and can know the truth about the gospel. I know that other faiths say exactly the same thing, but I don't think they experience the same wonderful blessings or revelation that only the Mormon Church does. The Restoration of the Gospel has helped many people, and has inspired our Prophets in helping as many others as we can, and so that they can give advice about things during our international church meetings, or General Conference, as it's called. These conferences were broadcasted in ninety four languages around the world last year in 2013. The Restoration of the Gospel is true, and it's power and blessings are to be shared among all. And the Mormon church and its members want it to be shared. That is why we have missionaries spreading the word of the Mormon church all over the globe. The Gospel is true, and its wonder is astounding. The Restoration of the Gospel is a wonderful thing.
How I live my faith
I go to church every time I can. I read the scriptures and pray. It's a wonder what any of those three things can do. Church helps me rewind and feel better about the week before and the week ahead. And church helps me learn about my religion. The scriptures, mainly the Book of Mormon, helps me renew faith in what I have learned from being Mormon and gives me a greater understanding of the Gospel. Praying to my Heavenly Father helps me feel better about myself and helps me understand how I feel about each day and helps me be thankful for the things I have.