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Hi I'm Levi

I'm a husband and father, a college student, an NCAA Division 1 Wrestler, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

The most recent hat I have put on in my life is that of father, a sacred and fun responsibility. Having our first son has been one of the most joyous events - outside of marrying the love of my life for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake Temple. I have a busy and exciting life- between being anxiously engaged with family life, church responsibilities, and life as a college student and athlete. I grew up in a small community in Utah. In High School I was heavily involved in Student Government, FBLA and other student clubs, and of course wrestling. Wrestling is a passion of mine and a long-time family tradition. It is a sport I connect with the gospel first, because it is mentioned in the Bible and Book of Mormon and second, because the Prophet Joseph Smith was a wrestler. After having a very successful High School wrestling career, winning three state titles and winning many other National Honors - I put my wrestling career on hold to serve God, my church, and my fellow man by fulfilling a full-time mission. This is an experience I would not trade for anything. Upon my return home from the mission, I met and married the love of my life, and shortly after was recruited to be an NCAA Division 1 Wrestler for a prestigious school in the Big Ten Conference. I know that with God on my side I can balance the demands of being a father, a husband, a student, and an NCAA athlete. Not only can I balance these activities but through my faith in Christ and the knowledge of my true potential as a son of God, I can set and follow worth while goals and excel in each of these areas. Some think of the gospel and commandments as restrictive - from my experience I would say that the gospel and commandment have been empowering to help me fulfill my goals and have joy in life.

Why I am a Mormon

My dad is a convert to the church, and my mom's family have been members for generations. My entire childhood my family was active in the church. After the death of my sister and through my early teen years I took the church and the Restored Gospel for granted, but after reading the Book of Mormon and developing a testimony for myself I was able to serve a mission and share this wonderful treasure, especially the knowledge of eternal families, with others. I know that this is Christ's true church and gospel restored to the earth - led by a living Prophet. I know this because the spirit has testified to me of its truthfulness.

How I live my faith

I often have asked myself, "What does it mean to be Mormon?" Through my scripture study and prayer, and interacting with many other church members I realize to live my faith I have to live the two great laws taught by Jesus Christ - Love God and Love Your Neighbor. Every day I seek to find ways to help other people feel God's love for them through me, whether it is simply making them smile through a simple hello or by serving them in some small or large way. At church I serve in a position that lets me interact with the full time missionaries of the church, the local church leaders, and individuals new to the church. It is amazing to be able to help others to grow in the Gospel and to learn and draw closer to their Savior Jesus Christ. My testimony is strengthened and my conversion is deepened as I serve others!

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

I know the Bible is true and is the word of God. We as Mormons do believe in the Bible, and not just the Mormon Bible (Book of Mormon) as I've heard some call it - but the King James Version. As Mormons we believe, read, and study all of God's revelations as given from many of God's prophets. I love the Holy Bible! It consists of the writings of the Prophets and Apostles of the old world. The Old Testament teaches us about the history of our earthly family - especially the tribes of Israel, and the New Testament depicts the mortal life of our Savior Jesus Christ in Jerusalem. I'm grateful for the many prophets and apostles of the old world (ancient Jerusalem) who took time to write down their experiences and revelations. But as Mormons we also believe and study God's words as given through other prophets that were called of God. The Book of Mormon consists of the writings of Ancient Prophets who lived in the Americas long ago - and like the Bible its central theme is Jesus Christ. It is Another Testament of our Savior. We also study the Doctrine & Covenants and the church magazine, The Ensign, which are the writings and revelations of our modern day prophets. Yes! There is a prophet of God on Earth today - just as you read about in the scriptures - like Moses or Noah or Isaiah. A man called of God to lead all those who will listen and follow. I know the Bible is true and I know that Jesus is the Christ, and just as we read about in the Bible He is still communicating to us today through a living Prophet - even Thomas S. Monsen. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

The Law of Chastity is a law given from God relating to sexual intimacy. God has endowed each of us with the sacred responsibility and gift to create life. Neither can a man without a woman, nor a woman without a man bring another human being into this world - we essentially become co-creators with God. This sacred power should not be taken lightly that is why sexual intimacy should only be exercised by a man and a woman within marriage. Everywhere in the media and through out the world in High Schools, Colleges, and other places the Chastity of Men and Women is not being honored. Modesty and virginity our mocked, and countless individuals are falling in the ranks of sin. By living the law of chastity and seeking to have the Spirit of the Lord in our lives we can have God's help to resist the temptations or pornography, premarital sex, infidelity, and other snares that Satan has set relating to Chastity. Show more Show less