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Hi I'm Donovan

I'm a swimmer. I'm a brother. I'm a missionary and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I come from a single parent family. My mother has gone through two divorces. I moved around a lot as a kid. I love reading, swimming, water polo, playing video games, acting, singing, and spending time with people. Helping people is the joy of my life. I try to be the best person I can be everyday. I attended college to be a high school English Teacher, or a Lawyer. I love Italian food, especially alfredo. I am currently serving a full-time mission in Las Vegas, Nevada teaching people the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I spent my childhood looking for the right church. I gave up this search shortly after turning 15 because I didn't believe the true church was around any longer, if it ever existed. Around this time I started turning to activities that were wrong. I was suffering from major depression and most of what I was doing, I used as an escape. When I was 17, two missionaries came to my door. They told me they were missionaries and had a message for me. I told them I wasn't interested and tried to close the door, but one of them just kept talking. Being a polite, I tried to tell them again I wasn't interested, but they just wouldn't shut up. So I tried a third time. After my third attempt they brought out the Book of Mormon. Something changed in me. I wanted to read that Book. I had heard of Mormons before, but had never paid too much attention, because they seemed to me like a cult. I told them I would allow them to come back to my house if they would let me borrow their Book. They were so pleased they gave it to me. I started to take the lessons. The first lesson I just politely listened, but the second lesson I couldn't contain my questions any more. I asked them every single question that had made me feel that all other christian churches were false. They answered every single one of my questions with strength and conviction. As they were answering my questions I felt a growing sense of peace. I knew that I had finally found the truth. I know that this is the true church of Christ and Heavenly Father and I know that it is the only true church on the Earth. I know that the Book of Mormon is true and that there is a prophet on the Earth today. I know that the Book of Mormon contains the fullness of Christ's everlasting Gospel, especially when read alongside the Bible and I know that it can bless your life as it blessed mine. And most important, I now know that my Heavenly Father loves me, which is the greatest of all the blessings which the Gospel has given me.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being an example to all those around me. I apply the principles that I have learned from the life of Jesus Christ to my own life. These principles help me to become a better person each day. I love my Heavenly Father, I love the people around me, and I also love myself. When I was at school I helped people do geneology and taught classes about it. Now I am serving a mission for our Savior and Redeemer. I am doing this because this Gospel has brought many, many blessings into my life, that I would like to extend into the lives of all those around me. I also live my faith by applying the Atonement into myself everyday. I struggle, I make mistakes, but everyday I strive to be the perfect person that Christ has commanded us to be and I know that I will be able to one day because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ.

Are Mormons Christians?

Donovan
We are most certainly Christians. Everything we do revolves around Christ. He is the center of everything. Our worship services are about Him and our missionaries are His representatives, sent to share His Gospel. The center of what missionaries teach is the Atonement of Jesus Christ. The Church is given His name, because it is His Church. The Book of Mormon, which along side with the Bible, teaches everything we need to know about Christ's Gospel, testifies many times of Jesus Christ and His Atonement. I guess I can't put it more eloquently than the prophet Nephi on page 100 of the Book of Mormon, "We talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophecy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children might know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins." (2 Nephi 25:26) Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Donovan
The reason why we proselyte is because we want to share the blessing that we have in our life with our brothers and sisters everywhere in the world. This Gospel brings a peace and a joy that can not be found anywhere else in the world. When we have something that brings us joy, one of the first things we want to do is to share it with those we love. We have been invited by Christ to love everyone, so naturally we want to share this message with the entire world. Show more Show less