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Hi I'm Victor

I speak Slovene, I'm a bio-statistics student, and I'm a Christian and a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up on a small farm and particularly love the outdoors and God's creations in it. I love exploring caves, rock climbing and camping. For a year before becoming a missionary, I studied bioengineering and health science. After two years as a missionary, in Slovenia and online at Mormon.org, I'm now back to studying in health science and statistics in college. I met my wife on a pioneer handcart trek reenactment, and we're building a family together.

Why I am a Mormon

45 years ago a timid pair of Missionaries knocked on my grandpa's door in Seattle. I know that was one of the best things to happen in my family's history. It changed my grandparents' lives so much that they shared their faith with their children and grandchildren. My parent's who are relatively new to the restored church in many ways themselves, yet no less knowledgeable about it, brought me to church with them, and shared the message with me in our home growing up. What they taught, and how we live it, has made my family remarkably strong. My parents reminded me off all the good things that had come from living the standards of the church. Beginning high school, I made a lot of friends who aren't Mormons. Most of my friends went to other churches, that had a lot of great things too. I became familiar with the beliefs their families hold, and I also started studying other religions and worldly philosophies. Those who held other beliefs began to regularly challenge how I followed my faith and the truth to it. I started feeling like I was wasting my time if the church wasn't true. Committing to the church is a lot of work. It takes a lot of personal faith and initiative to keep the commandments and stay a member of the church. Even my friends regularly attacked my beliefs. If I was going to keep standing up for the church, I had to know I was standing up for something true. Before allowing them to attack it, or just giving up, I had to learn more about what I was following. I began to read the Book of Mormon. I saw changes in my life that could only have been from God. A few months later when I had finished reading it, I knelt down and asked God if it was true. I very strongly felt an outside influence, calling to my soul that it must be. I've experienced many more things that strengthen my faith and knowledge of Christ's Church. I know that if you will read the Book of Mormon and sincerely pray about it, that you can receive the same witness.

How I live my faith

As a teenager in the church, I was eager and ready to follow the example of our savior and serving others. I did this through my involvement in Boy Scouts, a young men's service organization. My troop was sponsored by my local ward. After I moved away from home, I was asked to teach a class for 18-30 year old men. I was thrilled for my first opportunity to serve as an adult. While teaching this class, I invited my friends to come to church, and see what I was teaching, which brought the gospel more into their lives. After seeing the impact that I had sharing message of Jesus Christ, and his restored church with my friends in high school and college, I wanted to sign up to do it full time. I became a full time missionary, and voluntarily took an assignment to teach about Jesus Christ and His Church in Eastern Europe where I learned to speak Slovene, and served the people there. After eight months there, I started sharing the good news as an online missionary back in the United States. Another year later, I'm back to looking for ways to help out my friends here at college.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Victor
As the first coming of our Savior Jesus Christ approached, our Father in Heaven chose men like Abraham, Moses, and finally John the Baptist to serve the world as prophets. They performed the prophetic work of calling the world to repentance, and showing them how to put their lives in harmony with God's will, so they could be happy, and ready to follow Jesus Christ's perfect example. Today we have no less need for that kind of direction and preparation, especially since Jesus Christ is expected to come again. How do you think God is preparing us for the second coming? He's doing it the same way he did it the last time. A big part of that, is that he's got a prophet on Earth, Thomas Spencer Monson. Show more Show less