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Hi I'm Michael Johnston

I'm a college student. I'm a paramedical examiner. I'm a musician. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a college student at Oklahoma State University, studying music! I also play clarinet for local musical productions, and I have worked as a piano accompanist for the high school I graduated from. I currently work doing insurance exams as a paramedical examiner. I enjoy working out every day with a couple of buddies and trying to get better at exercises that I'm not good at. More than anything, though, I love spending time with my friends and family.

Why I am a Mormon

When my father died when I was 11, I began looking for God. I went to other churches and couldn't find Him. Heavenly Father didn't feel personal. However, when a Mormon family from Utah moved into my area I got to know them. A couple years later, they arranged a trip for my school's choir to go see the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (I go to school with some of their kids). As we left, I got really interested in the church, so I looked up "Mormon Church" on google. Needless to say, I got a bunch of nasty rumors and was pushed away from the church for a few months. Well, after a few months I got interested again after we visited this family's house to go Christmas caroling. I then realized I was being called by God to learn. At that point, I went to mormon.org and began having online chats with Elder Bryan Sabin about the church. Everything I learned felt familiar and I realized it was all stuff my dad had taught me before his death. Then I decided to speak with the missionaries at the local LDS church, after the second discussion with the local missionaries I decided to make the decision to be baptized. I was baptized and confirmed on January 17, 2010. Best decision of my life. I finally know my Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I try to spread the gospel at every chance I get. My friend Allyson came to my baptism and was interested by the peaceful spirit there. Two months later (March 14th, 2010) she decided to be baptized and confirmed (I got to perform the baptism). I absolutely love seeing people gain a testimony of the gospel and understanding the eternal truths within it.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Michael Johnston
Because we believe in continuing revelation through Prophets as in the days of old, i.e. Moses, Abraham, this is uncomfortable for some people because media has made our Prophets seem like evil men leading people astray, when they are just trying to teach us correct principles so that one day we all may return to live with our Father in Heaven. Another reason is because we believe in the sacred nature of temples, meaning only worthy members may enter the Temple so people think that evil rituals are performed. However, in reality the nature of the temple is uplifting and beautiful and gives us clarity to what the purpose of life is, the plan of salvation, and other topics such as life, death, and the atonement of Christ. The temple is not "secret, but it is sacred. However, we encourage all to live so that they may one day enter the temple. http//www.mormon.org/videos/ Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Michael Johnston
First off, you must pray with a sincere heart. If you are just praying without having faith that your prayer will be answered, it will not be. When you sincerely express your gratitude, desires and needs to your Heavenly Father (God) He will answer. As you receive answers to prayers, you must act on those answers through obeying the commandments or through following what the Holy Ghost is prompting you to do. God loves you, and wants you to get to know Him as well as He knows you. Show more Show less