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Hi I'm D. Draleau

I'm a student living in Oklahoma with my wife and daughter.

About Me

I was born into a large loving family, however, like any other family we had our challenges to overcome. My parents were separated while I was still young and a lengthy and ugly divorce followed shortly after. Financial and emotional strain on my mother lead to various kinds of child abuse with what was left of my family. Our turbulent upbringing resulted in constant relocation: at one point I remember moving 13 times in six years. The culmination of our troubles seemed to peak when my mother passed away unexpectedly. Despite the turmoil and heartache in my early years I have always known that I have a Heavenly Father who cares about me. He understands me and He listens to me. During the hardest moments of my childhood, when I felt the most alone, when all that I held dear seemed to slip from my grasp, I could turn to someone who was constant. I could pray and plead with God for help. As I did I felt something deep within me telling me that things were going to be alright. I felt an unexplainable peace. I felt that I belonged and that I had a personal relationship with God. That He was my Father and I His Son! That realization gave me assurance at a time when nothing seemed certain. Many years have passed since those days. I have since developed a more personal relationship with Jesus Christ and my Heavenly Father. I had the opportunity to serve as a missionary and share my testimony and faith with others for two years. I have found a wonderful girl and have been sealed to her for all time and eternity in the House of the Lord. This is just a little about me.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were both members of the Mormon Church when I was brought into the world. My family attended church meetings regularly and as a result much of my understanding of the scriptures, God, the plan of salvation, and the atonement have been formulated from the perspective of a Latter-Day-Saint (Mormon). Our faith actively encourages everyone to gain a personal testimony of the principles taught in church by the power of the Holy Ghost. John 15:26 reads: "But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:" We believe that the Holy Ghost will testify to the honest seeker of truth of the veracity of the Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Book of Mormon, and of modern day Prophets(in addition to the basic principles taught in the scriptures, such as: Faith in Jesus Christ etc...). Simply put: "We invite all men everywhere to read the Book of Mormon, to ponder in their hearts the message it contains, and then to ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ if the book is true. Those who pursue this course and ask in faith will gain a testimony of its truth and divinity by the power of the Holy Ghost. (See Moroni 10: 3-5.) Those who gain this divine witness from the Holy Spirit will also come to know by the same power that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world, that Joseph Smith is his revelator and prophet in these last days, and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord’s kingdom once again established on the earth, preparatory to the second coming of the Messiah." I can honestly say that on my own I sincerely read and prayed to know if the Book of Mormon was true and if Joseph Smith really did see God the Father and Jesus Christ in vision. I bear my testimony that the Holy Spirit of God spoke to me in a very clear and personal way and that I too know for myself that these things are true.

How I live my faith

Serving others and fulfilling my church calling, keeping my covenants and obeying the commandments, sharing my testimony and knowledge, and studying the scriptures and words of the prophets are some of the main ways I live my faith. In addition, I believe there is no better way to live your faith then following the example of Jesus Christ.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

D. Draleau
I have often wondered why some call us a cult. It's difficult for me to know how to respond to this type of expression just as it would be for anyone who is given this label. I've met a lot of people with misconceptions about the doctrines we teach and live by. Just to give a few examples: one person I met thought that I was not allowed to eat ketchup, and another asked how many wives I had. One lady thought that we baptized dead people in our Temples. I've also been told that I grow horns on my head (which was fairly amusing). In Matthew 7:16-20 Jesus taught the principle: "By their fruits ye shall know them". He continued: "A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit." When I think about the church that I grew up in and my experience therein, I can only think of good things. As children we were taught to sincerely pray to Heavenly Father, that He loves us, that we can be together with our families forever. That Jesus is our Savior and Redeemer and He died for us and was resurrected on the third day. That we can read the scriptures and serve one another. That we should have faith, hope, charity and love. As young adults we were taught to respect the opposite sex, we were taught about cleanliness, modesty, chastity, reverence, and about the value of hard work and honesty. As adults we have been instructed to love our husbands, wives, and children. To pray and read the scriptures in the home, and to live by principles of patience, temperance, brotherly kindness, virtue, and order. In all truthfulness, I can only see good fruit. Show more Show less