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Hi I'm Vance

I love to ski and do things outdoors. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a single student attending university, while balancing studies, work, and an active social life. I love doing all kinds of outdoor activities, like backpacking, skiing, and canoeing. I also love to read books and watch movies. I don't like dating. Laughter comes easily, and I can generally be found with a smile on my face at most any time.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents taught me from a very young age how to pray, and answered my innocent questions about the purpose of life, and what happens after we die. As I grew, my questions became ever more profound. Yet the answers to my questions were always answered using the truth my parents had gleaned from the scriptures. Though my family was already 'Mormon', I was fortunate that they were loving enough to let me choose for myself what I wanted to do. I never really doubted or questioned the existence of God. I never really felt the desire to be rebellious either. It was simple and natural for me to believe that God was listening to my prayers and answered all of them in His own time. It was not until my first year of high school that I finally read the entire Book of Mormon. I felt something as I read it that made me want to shout for joy. I felt real joy! It made me want to share my happiness with everyone. The teachings of the book made me feel love and kindness towards all people. Those are good feelings. Once I completed reading the Book of Mormon, I prayed and asked God, my Heavenly Father, if the book was true. As a 14 year-old boy, I was answered by being filled with an exquisite love and joy again. I wanted to run into the streets and give a hug to anyone that I saw. When I was 18 years-old, I started attending university. I began to sincerely question what I was doing in life. For as long as I can remember, I had the strong desire to be a missionary for the church once I turned 19. My father was a missionary at that age, and so were both of my grandfathers. If I was to become a missionary soon I felt like I needed to know for myself, once and for all, if I was doing the right thing. One day I went into a field to be alone. I asked God if The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was really the church He had set up with proper authority. I asked if Joseph Smith was a true prophet. I now know that it is true!

How I live my faith

Jesus Christ spent his life serving others. He organized His church in a way that lets me follow His example. I had the great opportunity of setting aside two years of my life in service as a missionary in Argentina. In the years since I have returned, I have remained an active participant in my congregation. I lead the music during church services, and I often teach gospel lessons in "Sunday School" classes. Perhaps the most important thing that I get to do is visit with a few other members of the congregation in their own homes and check on their health and make sure they are doing okay.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Mormon missionaries go around, sometimes door to door, trying to teach the gospel of Jesus Christ to anyone who will listen. This is because, first of all, we believe that Jesus Christ himself has asked us to do it. In the Holy Bible we read, "And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying ... 'Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.'" St. Matthew 28,18-20. The book of St. Mark in the Bible also gives us a similar passage. "And he said unto them, 'Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.'" St. Mark 16,15. Yet, the reason that I proselyted as a missionary was because I truely wanted to share the joy I found by living by the teachings of Jesus Christ. The truths that I have learned have made me very happy. It would be selfish of me to not want to share this happiness with others. The desire to share comes from a love for our fellow man. Show more Show less