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Hi I'm Miles

I grew up in America. I learned Spanish as a missionary. I am now living in Japan. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I graduated from BYU-Hawaii. I love traveling, learning new languages, and making friends with people from all over the world. I speak Spanish which I learned while serving a mission in South Dakota. I have also studied other languages including Arabic and Japanese. I have lived in both Costa Rica and Egypt and loved my experiences in both places. The people in both countries were so kind and good to me. I love warm weather and I'm currently living in Southern Japan.

Why I am a Mormon

Because I know that this is Jesus Christ's church and I feel a desire to serve Him in return for the overwhelming kindness and mercy He has shown for me. My efforts to help the church and participate in its programs all stem from a deep gratitude I feel for Jesus Christ. I will live my life for Him and I know that this church is the place where I can serve Him best. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the best thing that ever happened to me and I know that it is the Lord's church re-established on the earth in preparation for the Second Coming of the Messiah. I'm excited to be a part of such a great thing and I look forward to the future.

How I live my faith

I pray, read the scriptures, attend church and strive to lead a life that pleases God. I am a missionary at heart and like to share the gospel with others.

Who was Joseph Smith?

Miles
Joseph was and still is a controversial person although if you met him you might wonder why. He was a friendly and kind person, and only tried to fulfill the instructions given to him by God. The angel Moroni told Joseph when he was a 17 year old farm boy that his name would be spoken well and evil of by people all over the earth. This prophecy is fulfilled daily all around the world. I am one of the ones who speaks well of him and I know he did what God commanded him to do regardless of the consequences. During his life, Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon into English, published it, received visions, re-established Jesus Christ’s church it its purity, was tarred and feathered, persecuted, jailed, driven from place to place and was eventually killed by a mob, while imprisoned unjustly at Carthage Jail at the age of 38 years old. He was a man familiar with opposition and truly a man of God. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Miles
When Joseph was 14 years old, he became very confused about which church to join when religious excitement swept through New York. Many pastors and teachers from different denominations were seeking to win converts to their churches. Joseph attended several of their meetings to determine which church he should join. He was very conflicted and didn't know what to do. Soon, he came upon a scripture in the New Testament that changed his life--James 1:5. This scripture gave him confidence that God would answer his question about which church to join if he prayed to God and asked Him in faith. On a spring morning in the year 1820, Joseph went out into the woods to obtain an answer from God. In the woods, he knelt down and prayed out loud to God concerning the matter and something happened there which he never denied although he was hated for saying it. He said that while he was praying, a pillar of light came down and rested on him and when he looked up he saw two people standing in the light above him. One of them addressed Joseph by name and introduced him to the other person in the light. The personage said the other person was his son, Jesus Christ, and he told Joseph to listen to him. Jesus told Joseph that all the churches were wrong and commanded him to join none of them. Joseph said that Jesus explained many other things to him. This is what Mormons refer to as "The First Vision" because it was the first of many visions that Joseph Smith had during his life. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Miles
We believe Jesus Christ is divine and that He truly is the Son of God. We believe Jesus Christ is our perfect example and he suffered for our sins and died for us on the cross. We believe in the Old Testament scripture that prophesies of Him. We believe the New Testament accounts of his life, teachings, and miracles and we regard those writings to be sacred and extremely valuable to mankind. We also are witnesses to the world that Jesus Christ truly did bodily resurrect and has appeared to people not only in Palestine, but also to his "other sheep" on the American Continent which event is recorded in the Book of Mormon. We believe that He will appear to the world again in great glory at His second coming and we are helping prepare the world to receive Him. We know that Jesus Christ is the only name under heaven whereby man may be saved. We know God loves Him and we love Him too. We try to emulate Him in all that we do. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Miles
No Show more Show less