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Hi I'm Trevor Mangelson

I'm a volleyball player and a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a couple of different places. My parents got divorced when I was real young so I don't have very many memories with my dad as a young child. When I was about 4 we moved from Nevada to Idaho, where I spent 8 years. In the middle of my 7th grade year we moved back to Nevada because my mom's 2nd husband didn't work out. We moved around a little bit while we lived in Nevada and in between my sophomore and junior year of high school we moved to California, where my mom married again and we've been there ever since. I spent 2 semesters up in Idaho at school, and now I am currently serving a mission for the Chruch of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I love to play volleyball, wrestle, and hang out with my friends. I am a very outgoing person and get a long with most anyone. My major is Mechanical Engineering and I love it! If you want to know more...just ask.

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I a Mormon...well, there are so many different reasons as to why I am a member of this church. The first one being I was born into it. I didn't always follow the counsels of the Church or my parents when I was growing up. I wanted to do what I wanted to do, not what other people said I should do. Eventually I came to the conclusion that I needed to come to pray about the things that my parents and siblings believed in. I had always gone to church and youth activities. I had some really good friends and family that were members, but I didn't always believe in it. So one day I knelt and prayed to know if the church was true. At first I didn't receive an answer. I waited and waited but nothing came. So the next night I decided to pray again and still no answer. This went on for about 4 or 5 days. I then decided I needed to read from the Book of Mormon and pray about that. So I started reading, after reading I prayed about what I had read. That's when I got my answer. It wasn't a strong feeling or something that took me back. It was a calm awakening of sorts. That I had known all along that the church and Book of Mormon were true. I just needed to use them in my life. After that everything just kind of fell into place and I knew the things I was doing weren't right and need to get them fixed. I know that if I don't follow Christ's teachings I will be held accountable for the things I've done and that following the commandments are really what set you free. Not doing the things that you think will set you free. That is Satan's most powerful tool.

How I live my faith

I live my faith every day. I go out and teach people about our church each and every day. It is the best time I've ever had in my life. Granted it is difficult some days with long drawn out hours of walking and knocking on doors, but that's what "builds character." I used to always tell my parents, "I'm sick of building character." I didn't know what I was getting myself into. This is so much harder than anything my parents gave me to "build character." I love it though. The Lord always promises us that as we go and help bring his children back to him he will bless us. He promises us joy and happiness for eternity, not only with ourselves but with those we help teach. Every day I get up and put on my shirt and tie and get ready to go work for the Lord! It's the best calling anyone could ever ask for!

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Trevor Mangelson
You can come to know if Mormonism is true by doing two simple things. The first is reading from the Book of Mormon. The second is praying to know if the Book of Mormon is true and if Joseph Smith was a prophet. The importance of knowing if the Book of Mormon is true is because it is the "keystone of our religion." A keystone is the most important piece of an arch. It is what holds the whole thing up, and so is the same with the Book of Mormon and our church.The importance of prayer is that is how we can receive the answer to the question...is it true? God can tell us each individually through the power of the Holy Ghost that the Book of Mormon is true and that Joseph Smith was a prophet. It says in Moroni ch. 10 v. 5, "by the power of the Holy Ghost we may know the truth of all things." The Holy Ghost plays a major role in our conversion process. Galatians ch. 5 v. 22-23 gives us an understanding of how the Holy Ghost can testify to us of truth. It says, "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance against such there is no law." The Holy Ghost will operate the same way it always has and those are the feelings we will get. They may be hard to see at first and they may not come all at once, but after trying hard to do so, we can come to know the truthfulness of this message. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Trevor Mangelson
Church services are very similar but very different from other church services. Generally the block is started with Sacrament meeting. During Sacrament meeting is when we partake of the Sacrament, or in some religions communion. The Sacrament is the bread and water, which represent the body and blood of Christ. It is a renewal of our baptismal commitments. Also after the Sacrament we have 2 or 3 speakers from the congregation speak on an assigned topic, unless it is testimony meeting and then anyone can get up and bear their testimony. After Sacrament meeting we have Sunday School. There are a few classes to choose from. I would suggest the Gospel Principles class. In there they talk about the basics of the Church. It's organization, and the doctrine we believe. After Sunday School is Priesthood for the men and Relief Society for the women. In this class is where we learn how to be better men, women, husbands, wives, fathers, mothers. It helps us to be just better people in general. Everyone is welcome to our services and will be warmly welcomed by all. Usually we wear our best clothes, suits or slacks and a collared shirt with a tie for the men, and dresses or skirts for the women. Although, you are allowed to wear whatever you want to our meetings. You can attend church anytime you want. Mormon.org will help you find a building and a time that is in your area. Show more Show less