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Hi I'm David Bjorn

I'm a Mormon. I am an editor and love to read.

About Me

I am a Middle East Studies and Arabic minor, and an Ancient Near Eastern Studies major. Of course, there is much more to me than this, but this is what occupies most of my time at the moment. I am happily married, and my wife and I love life! She's going to school too, majoring in Middle East Studies and Arabic. We love to read, watch movies, listen to music, and go out to do fun things.

Why I am a Mormon

Being a Mormon is a choice I have made because I feel the most happiness when I am doing what I feel is right and learning more about how to do that. The scriptures and doctrines of our church teach us how to be happy and avoid being unhappy, here on earth and when our lives here have ended. I know that if I treat others by the Golden Rule, and do what God says, I have joy and will have joy if I do so. Also, I know that when I make the wrong decisions, I can change. Sometimes, people feel living in such a way is restrictive or even stressful because you feel obligated to be perfect, but I know the atonement of Jesus Christ is for all of us who are like sheep but have gone astray, like Isaiah said. That said, I do my best and trust that he understand when I don't. It isn't without stress, but when I have trusted in God I have always lived the happiest life.

How I live my faith

It is fun to be live the gospel of Jesus Christ. I have done things like teach teenagers, fellow college students, and others. It's not just about going to church. We often have picnics, discussions, games, days at the park, and more together. I have fun having people that I can relate to and talk with about the things I care about--family, friends, work, school, and more.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

David Bjorn
The reason why we do this is two-fold, in my opinion. One is because it is a commandment as old as the Old Testament, as can be see in Malachi. However, there are great blessings that come by helping to finance my church's operations. Tithing provides places for us to meet and learn how to return to our Heavenly Father. It provides learning materials for this. For those who make more money, it provides it to those who do not have the money. The money is only used for the benefit of its members, and is used for all the members for Eternal blessings. It's nice to be able to spend money on something that will last forever, rather than the other 90% I generally spend on things that will only last a while. Show more Show less