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Hi I'm Adam

I am a normal guy. I am a returned missionary. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the second of four brothers, and we have all grown up in the LDS church. Faith in Jesus Christ and in the aspects of His Gospel --- such as hope, charity, patience, and prayer --- have played and continue to play a central part in my life. They create an anchor for me in troubled times and a guide in the easy ones, When I'm not playing board games or spending time with my family, I love to read, draw, and learn about foreign languages. I recently had the wonderful opportunity to serve the Lord by sharing His Restored Gospel in Monterrey, Mexico; I returned just a few months ago, but I still feel that great, sweet spirit of selfless service in my life. The Gospel of Jesus Christ was designed to fit every person's life perfectly. I hope you find the peace you are looking for through Him.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were members when I was born, so I was raised my whole life as a member. Through their teaching and examples, I have come to gain a testimony of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and I know where I'm from, who I am, and where I'm going. I've had enough one-on-one experience with this gospel to know that it is true, and that everyone needs a chance to hear this message! I continue to go to church, read the scriptures, pray and obey the commandments because they bring me happiness. I know I have a choice, and I wouldn't have to do these things if I didn't want to, but the Gospel is such a huge, all-encompassing blessing for me. It is the source of my daily joy. I would not be able to live without the power of prayer, or of any other aspect of Christ's teachings.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by obeying the commandments --- always striving to make obedience to God a priority --- and by helping others whenever and wherever I can. Currently I am a teacher in my local group of Latter-Day Saints, and though it's my turn to teach only once a month, it has been an enormous opportunity to learn and grow. I have learned more how to trust in the Lord for inspiration and charity, and it always feels good to help others to learn.

What is the First Vision?

Joseph Smith, in the year 1820, lived in a place of much religious excitement: this meant that there were many churches where he lived, all of them claiming to be true but all teaching somewhat different doctrine. Being concerned with how he was to know the truth, and how he could be Saved like the scriptures described, he read James 1:5 in the Bible and learned that if he needed an answer, he should pray. So that's just what he did. One morning he went off by himself to a grove of trees by his house, knelt down, and prayed. At this time, after having prepared the world's conditions to be just right, our Heavenly Father and His Beloved Son Jesus Christ appeared in person to Joseph. They told him that none of the churches on the earth at that time were true, and that through Joseph the true, pure church would once again be restored to the earth. Not everybody gets a chance to see something this amazing and profound in their lives, but anyone can pray and know the truth of this marvelous event for themselves. Show more Show less