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Hi I'm Adrian

Lovin' life as the days go by

About Me

I grew up in California and moved from place to place in the California state, but it's been the best and I have had the greatest of my life's joy growing up in this church and as my family had based itself upon the what the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints teaches, I've been able to experience all those miracles and wonderful moments. It's been a great thrill, with every moment of happiness there will always be those times where it all comes crashing down and we feel sad or angry. The gospel of Jesus Christ is a feeling, and I have felt all of that, and it's something that I needed and I found it here in this church, we're all trying to be better everyday. The blessings range from being alive to see another day to being an older brother and looking out for my younger siblings and surviving many bicycle crashes and then some. I love doing a lot of things playing sports, eating food, playing music, hiking, taking long walks, taking a nap. I may not be the best at any sport or playing instruments and such but I love trying things out so you really can't say, "I don't like this or that" unless you've tried it out yourself.

Why I am a Mormon

It's pretty common amongst youngsters like myself of the polynesian culture. We are born and raised into the religion and we grow up that way. Sometimes in the beginning we ourselves have not fully know the truth or even have a clue of what the things we do only because our parents tell us to. I am grateful that God has blessed me with wonderful and great parents and that they have taken that choice to be members of the church, I mean it wasn't so easy for me to always "go and do" what they ask me to, there were some points in my life where I questioned myself, "Is this what I really believe in?" or "I'll just go with the flow because my parents tell me to." I often wondered, "How can I know for myself?" as I've said before my parents have had their own strong conviction, their own powerful testimonies and their own personal witnesses, but where and when was I going to get my own testimony of these things? I have read the Book of Mormon beforehand, but sometimes I could never understand. I guess you can say that I read the Book of Mormon with my eyes and not with my heart. As the Lord lives and surely He does, I know and feel that these teachings bring a peace of comfort, a sense of harmony, and security that an Almighty God watches over us and blesses us as we follow His commandments.I have come to know the great and tender mercies of a loving Heavenly Father and I felt His love, and seen His miracles blessed upon me and my family. I have received my testimony and my own witness that God does live and that Jesus is the Christ and God has called a Prophet today and 12 Apostles with the same organized church Christ set up and I know everyone else can feel the same as they search, ponder and pray upon the things shared from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and we invite all others to pray to Heavenly Father to see if they're true or false.

How I live my faith

I was in Little Rock, AR for eight months, and while I was there I had the chance to teach the youth age Sunday school class, I really loved it. Every morning I took at least half an hour or more if not that, to prepare the lessons that was going to be taught and thinking about the very individuals in the classroom. I wasn't the greatest of teachers in the beginning but I had to struggle here and there but it was all a learning process, I wasn't an instant perfect teacher or anything so it took some effort on my part to teach or share according to the needs of the classmates you have students. I prayed everyday to find some specific I could add to the lesson or maybe take out so that the lessons would be about learning but at the same time fun. I'm pretty sure that every teacher wants that for their class but I think I needed a little bit more help, so I had to ask someone who knew a lot about teaching the youth age class. I already mentioned that I leaned off my parents for help, so I turned to my mom to help me and give me some pointers of what I can do, you know mothers know best, tight? I prayed very frequently and read the scriptures in the Bible and the Book of Mormon to find out a way to reach to their hearts spiritually that they understand where they can find a true happiness that last forever instead of a happiness that lasted for a day or two. It wasn't very easy at all trying to find the perfect thing to teach to the class but I had to continually pray, read the scriptures and the lesson plans so that I would be prepared myself and answer any questions, so if I really cared and loved this small class of mine I'd have to keep the commandments and live the gospel and be worthy to be the person that I need to be and then do something for them. I honestly believed that as I kept reading and praying and going to church I'd get answers to my prayers. It was all about choosing the right and you don't get that experience until you've actually tried it.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Adrian
Serving as a full-time missionary is a personal decision. Most people hear about the mormon church and might have the thought that all their young men and women have to travel to some other land to preach the gospel because it's required of them to do so. It's encouraged that the young men and women at the ages from 19 to 26 serve a mission but it's all up to the person individually. It's nothing forced upon the people of the Church but we're all given decisions and it's only upon what they decide. Missionary service is out of love and care wanting to go somewhere else to share the gospel. As missionaries, they have to pay their own expenses and serve 2 years or 18 months. It's all good. Missionaries are called by a prophet of God to serve in certain area and are there to help those in need. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Adrian
A testimony is a special answer to a personal question you might've had in the past about life's struggles or challenges. A testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ is a spiritual witness that these teachings that are presented in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are true and is the very same Church that Christ had constructed when He was on the earth. A testimony is given to a person by way of the Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit. You can feel it through joy, peace, calmness, excitement letting you know that something really is what it says to be. Your answers maybe through feelings, or maybe reading in the scriptures, or someone says something to you, there are other ways of answers and these are just a few but you'll know when you recieve that testimony Show more Show less