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Hi I'm Johnny Marcus Ott

I'm a Mormon. I am currently serving a mission in Phnom Penh Cambodia, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

About Me

Well, I was born in San Francisco. California. I am a convert of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Since I was little, I have grown up in the Seventh-day Adventist church with my grandparents and my mom. My parents divorced when I was young and I grew up with a single mother until I was 12 years old. Since I was 12, my mother remarried to my current father who was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and he brought the church into our lives. He helped my mother and I find the truth and I was able to be baptized on the 27th of April 2002. I am so grateful for that because I have grown so much and received many blessings from it as well. I am currently serving a mission for the Church, and I have been called to serve in Phnom Penh Cambodia. My mission has been the best thing in my life. I have met so many great people and have help many individuals and families feel the same happiness that I feel in my own personal life and family. I have served in Cambodia for about 1 year and half now, and I will be returning home on November 1st, 2012

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have seen so many miracles and blessings in my life from being a member of this church. This isn't just your ordinary christian church, but this is the literal church of God which has been restored by the prophet Joseph Smith. We have the priesthood power of God which, I currently hold and I have seen so many great miracles happen by using this priesthood power. The reason why I am a Mormon, is because this gospel brings peace and happiness within my life and helps my family draw closer together. I know that I have an eternal family and I will be with my family for time and all eternity. I know that this gospel is true and it will help us achieve the peace and happiness that we want to receive in this life, and the life to come.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by reading the scriptures daily and praying praying to my Heavenly Father. Prayer is such a great gift in which we are able to spend precious time talking to our Creator. Prayer is a way to receive guidance when we are struggling with something or when we have fear or doubt in our minds. Prayer is a way to build and strengthen your relationship with Heavenly Father. Reading scriptures is how we receive answers to our prayers as we ask our Heavenly Father for guidance or answers to questions of the soul. And of course most importantly, obedience is key. Without Obedience, there is no way to receive or gain eternal happiness or salvation. It is through obedience to the commandments of God where we receive our precious blessings from the Lord. And remember faith is key in receiving those blessings along with obedience. President Monson has once said, "Be of good cheer, for the future is as bright as your faith."

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Johnny Marcus Ott
Not all Mormons are required to serve a mission, but every young man should serve one. There shouldn't be a reason why not to serve a mission because it is one of the most amazing experiences in this life. For the two years that I have served, never in my life have I gained so much wisdom and knowledge and teaching skills. I have seen the differences in life and my eyes have been opened. Being a missionary is one of the greatest blessings in my life and has helped me grow to become a better man. If I didn't serve a mission, it would have taken me a couple decades to be at the skill level and knowledge of where I am at today. The mission gets us jump started on things immediately. So, therefore there shouldn't be any reason why not to serve a mission. If you serve a mission, many blessings will follow from your service and sacrifice. I promise you that. Show more Show less