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Hi I'm Osborn

I'm a disciple of Jesus Christ serving as a missionary in one of the Florida Missions. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm from Arizona but for the next two years I'll be living in Florida as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I love sharing this gospel more than anything else I have ever done. I come from a family of 5 kids and my mother and father. Before my mission I loved to go scuba diving, play sports, hang out with friends, watch movies, and pretty much any out door activity.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in this church by a strong and active family. Around my Junior year of High School I hit a little bit of a rebellious stage and became completely uninterested in any religion. By the end of my Senior year I had decided to not go to church, against my families wishes, and I started doing some none Christian things. My main group of friends were Mormons as well but they were in about the same situation as me. At the age of 19 young men are encouraged to go on 2 year missions for the church. To go and spread the gospel to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people just as Christ commanded in the Bible. One of my friends started to make a lot of good changes because he wanted to go on a mission. I made a lot of changes along with him because we were together but I never desired to serve a mission myself. Because of several of my friends' good examples and advice, as well as the great gospel principles I had been raised on, I started wondering where I was headed in life. I decided that I had two roads I could go at that point in my life: follow my religion and go on a mission or continue the way I was going, which I knew regardless of religion wasn't worthwhile. I promised God through prayer that I would read the Book of Mormon for a week, live according to the Gospel commandments, and go to church and if He told me what He wanted me to do I would do it. I read and prayed and felt nothing for the first couple days. But I noticed that on those days work wasn't as bad. I was overall happier and felt better about my life. I continued to read, pray, and even went to church on Sunday. Something weird happened on Sunday too. I enjoyed it. I felt uplifted afterward. But at the end of the week I looked back and even though I was happier than I had been in a long long time I still didn't feel like that was an answer. So I for one last time way late at night prayed and pleaded for God to tell me what to do. I pleaded for Him to tell me if this church and if the Book of Mormon was true and I testify with all the energy of heart and typing skills possible that God told me that His church has been restored back to the earth by the prophet Joseph Smith. That the Book of Mormon is true. And that I needed to go on a mission. I know that God can and will speak to us by the power of the Holy Ghost and that this is his one true church because of that Spirit.

How I live my faith

I'm serving a two year mission in Florida teaching the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. I help non-members and members alike to increase their faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, to repent of their sins, to be baptized into Christ's church by His authority, to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, and to continue to live the gospel by enduring to the end. I'm also a leader in my mission. I help the other 140 or so missionaries in the area teach the gospel as well.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

A testimony is a very personal thing. When someone shares their testimony with you, they are sharing what they know without a doubt to be true. A testimony is a sure knowledge of a gospel principle that has been formed or created through much study and/or a spiritual experience. It is normally a very sensitive and special belief of something that often times brings strong emotions when thought of. Many member use the word like this... 'I bear testimony that the church is true'... Its a strong way of saying 'I know.' Show more Show less