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Hi I'm Emil Girardin

I grew up in Valdosta, GA and am very gregarious. I'm proud to be a Mormon!

About Me

I met a girl in college and became great friends with her. When I found out 3 weeks later that she was a Mormon, I was stunned but interested. I asked if I could come to church with her and her family. When I asked about the church, she suggested I find out for myself by reading and speaking to the missionaries. Later I was converted. I am grateful she let me find out for myself. We have been married now since 1997 and have 4 beautiful children.

Why I am a Mormon

I love the Holy Bible and when I was being instructed by the missionaries, they never contradicted what I had been taught since I was a child attending church with my family; but I was still skeptical. About a year later, I read Joseph Smith's account of his first vision in the sacred grove, and I was touched by the Spirit and the faith of this 14 year-old boy. I prayed to know if these things were true, and a wonderful feeling of peacefulness and satisfaction came over me. It was so strong, I could not deny it and was baptized a member of the church only 2 short weeks later on the 20th of July, 1996.

How I live my faith

In the past I have been called (given responsibility over) the children's singing time as the chorister, as a youth instructor over the 14-16 year-old boys, and as a web administrator in the church. I've recently been called as the mission leader, which means I try to share with others my feelings of peace and happiness that comes with serving the Lord. I also get to help others in the church become comfortable with sharing their feelings with those who are not members. I assist the full-time missionaries by fellowshipping their prospects and being an example of a follower of Jesus.

Are Mormons Christians?

Emil Girardin
What a great question! As I am a convert to the church, please allow me to explain briefly how I was raised: Since before I could walk, I went to church every Sunday with my family. I learned bible stories, memorized bible verses, and sang bible songs. I later became the youth group president and was sitting on the board of directors of the church. in short, I was an upstanding Christian by their standards. I became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because I read the Book of Mormon. I was also influenced by the members of the church I met when I visited the services. If I was a Christian, then these members were "uber-Christian." Here I found people that were powerfully good examples of living a Christ-like lifestyle. As I was learning more about the church, I was never taught anything that contradicted with my "Christian" upbringing, but enhanced and strengthened what I learned in Sunday-school. I am grateful for my Sunday-school teachers for preparing me to accept the greater knowledge I received as a member of the the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Are Mormons Christians? I answer with an unequivocal "yes." We worship Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father. We adhere to the principles set forth in the bible and expound on those principles that are unclear by reading the additional witness of Christ spoken of in the Book of Mormon. Indeed we are Christians! Show more Show less