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Hi I'm Royal

I'm serving a two year mission in British Columbia. I love to learn new things, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've always loved creating things. Mostly literal things (as in physical stuff), but I've always planned on "someday" learning an instrument or three, taking up sketching, you know, that sort of thing. For the time being I just stick with tinkering. I enjoy being well rounded so I like everything from reading to playing basketball, fixing computers to hiking, and especially building stuff. Structures, gadgets, Jerry-rigs for anything malfunctioning, you name it. If it takes a little sideways ingenuity or it just "can't be done", I'll be all over it. Sometimes that sort of attitude gets me in over my head, but I always end up with a good story, and you'd be surprised what you can accomplish when you attempt the impossible.

Why I am a Mormon

The story of how I became a member of this church starts long before I was even born. I am the grateful descendant of a long line of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on both sides of my family. Many of my ancestors faced harsh trials and sacrificed great things so that their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren would be able to grow up free to worship the Lord they they loved in the manner they knew to be correct and true. Thanks to awesome parents and ancestors, I have had the great opportunity to grow up as a Latter-Day Saint. So that's how I became a Mormon, but I think the real question is now that I'm old enough to decide such things for myself, why do I choose to be a Mormon today? Because I have learned for myself that this is the true church of God. It doesn't matter if your born into this church or if you join it as an adult, to really live the gospel of Jesus Christ requires commitment and a foundation of faith to keep you going. One of the biggest contributors to my faith in Jesus Christ and his plan for us is the Book of Mormon. Not only does the Book of Mormon teach in plain terms the Gospel as Christ himself taught it, it also confirms my faith that this is His true church on the earth today, as restored by His Prophet Joseph Smith. Here's one of my favorite verses from it, written by the prophet Nephi: "And now ... all ye ends of the earth, hearken unto these words and believe in Christ; and if ye believe not in these words believe in Christ. And if ye shall believe in Christ ye will believe in these words, for they are the words of Christ, and he hath given them unto me; and they teach all men that they should do good." Many prophets from both the Bible and Book of Mormon teach us that one of the ways we can know that something comes from God is from it's "fruit" or results. Just like this verse says, the gospel teaches us to do good, and it has brought me peace, joy, and purpose. That is why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

To start off with I'm the oldest brother of six kids, so I often find myself thinking of how I can set a good example for the rest to follow. Sometimes I feel like they lead me, and I'm very proud of my awesome younger siblings. My family is super important to me, and I go all out when one of them needs my help. The same holds true with my friends for that matter. I'm always working on being honest. It can be hard to always tell the truth, especially in an environment where you feel that your the only one even trying, or in places that are particularly competitive. The biggest thing I'm doing to live my faith right now is serving a two year mission in British Columbia. I absolutely love being out here, and while some would call giving up two years to the Lord a sacrifice, I don't think anyone who has faithfully served one themselves would say the same. Let me quote a Book of Mormon prophet to tell you why: "I say unto you, my brethren, that if you should render all the thanks and praise which your whole soul has power to possess, to that God who has created you, and has kept and preserved you, ... I say, if ye should serve him with all your whole souls yet ye would be unprofitable servants. ... And now, in the first place, he hath created you, and granted unto you your lives, for which ye are indebted unto him. And secondly, he doth require that ye should do as he hath commanded you; for which if ye do, he doth immediately bless you; and therefore he hath paid you. And ye are still indebted unto him, and are, and will be, forever and ever; therefore, of what have ye to boast?" There is nothing, even serving dozens of missions, that I will ever be able to do to repay my Savior. Because our Father in Heaven sent His Son to die for us, and our Savior willingly gave His own life so that we could return to our home above, I will gratefully continue to serve them all my life.

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

So that God can better bless us! There isn't a commandment that has ever been given that isn't for our benefit, the law of tithing (giving the Lord back 10% of our income) included. Paying tithing gives a huge boost to our faith, our gratitude, and our generosity. On top of that, I'm always amazed at how many people the Lord can bless with the same commandment. Not only does tithing bless the giver, it also blesses the receiver, and then the giver again! Tithing funds keep the Lord's church running and blessing the lives of His children here on the earth, including and especially the lives of those who pay tithing. After that, God blesses us in other ways for paying tithing in the first place. Is anyone else sensing a lopsided equation here? God isn't asking us to give up anything that isn't his to start with, and then He blesses us with many times the value of what we "gave up" by following His law. Put that way, I honestly think we'd have to be crazy NOT to honor the Lord by paying tithing. Show more Show less