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Hi I'm Will D.

I'm a returned Mormon missionary!

About Me

I'm 21 years old and recently returned from serving in the Germany Frankfurt Mission as a full-time missionary of the Church. I have many hobbies. Included are photography, film, web design, mountain biking, camping, playing video games. I hope to go into a career field that involves media.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in the LDS church, but about the time I was 12, one of my siblings discontinued their activity in the Church. That led me to question why I myself went to Church, which put me on the path towards my personal conversion. To keep it short, I spent 4 years from age 12-16 investigating and studying as many religions as possible in my spare time. I tried everything from Evangelical youth groups to reading parts of the Koran before I finally took the time to read the Book of Mormon from cover to cover. As I did so and as I asked God in Christ's name - on more than one occasion - if the book was true, I felt the feelings described as the Holy Ghost in Galatians 5 of the Holy Bible - peace, joy, patience, kindness - grow stronger and stronger and I became convinced of the reality of the truthfulness of that book. I have received many more witnesses of it, some of which are so divine and personally sacred to me that I could never deny them. This is truly the restored Church of Jesus Christ. I know it for myself, and the Book of Mormon's incomparable insights on the Gospel are irreplaceable to me in my life.

How I live my faith

In the Church, I enjoy bringing missionaries together with my non-LDS friends in casual situations, and I have seen some of my friends really open up to Gospel discussions through that. Prior to my full-time mission in Frankfurt, Germany, I have served as an assistant Webelos leader in my home ward's Cub Scout pack, and I really enjoyed it. I love feeling the comfortings of the Holy Spirit and the love that Christ has for me personally, and I wouldn't trade the world for some of the beautiful spiritual experiences I've had in my short 20 years of life thus far.

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Will D.
Homosexuality is a topic I get asked about often as a member of the church. The truth is that God created man and woman for each other. Because we are subject to imperfections, some of us are born with hormones that may or may not cause us to be inclined to same-sex attraction, but whether that is the case or not, Christ Himself has said "...a man... shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh. Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let no man put asunder." Matthew 19:5-6 Those "men, who leaving the natural use of the woman... working that which is unseemly" and the "women who change the natural use into that which is against nature" are listed by Paul in Romans chapter 1 as sinners alongside those who are "filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, and maliciousness." The Church does NOT claim that those with homosexual desires "will go to hell" however, it is warned that if they act on those desires, repentance will be necessary, as sexual sin is the greatest sin short of knowingly denying the Holy Ghost and shedding innocent blood. Those who have committed such sins are asked to speak with Priesthood authorities and obtain help in overcoming them. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Will D.
A "testimony" is a personal conviction and knowledge of the truth of something. Just like a testimony in a courtroom is an accounting witness of events, a spiritual testimony is an accounting witness of what the Holy Spirit of God a.k.a. the Holy Ghost tells our hearts. To know for yourself that Jesus is the Christ and savior of us all is the most important testimony to have in this life. A testimony can be begun through reading the scriptures, praying, attending church, and placing ourselves in other environments in which the Holy Ghost has the opportunity to work within and speak to us. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Will D.
As a Mormon, I'd say I don't live too differently from your average Joe, other than that I avoid a few things... alcohol, drugs, tobacco, coffee, and pornography to name a few. I still enjoy parties with friends, playing video games, going to sporting events, playing paintball, riding ATVs, etc... Growing up, some of my friends never knew I was Mormon until later on, and no, we don't have a problem celebrating birthdays or saluting the flags of our home countries. Show more Show less