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Hi I'm Max

I grew up in a small village in Jordan, I like to play harmonica and guitar in my spare time. I'm a convert. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am an avid reader, and very interested in foreign languages. I am the Eldest of Seven Children, and a native speaker of both Arabic and English. I am a student, and an aspiring linguist. History, science, classical literature, and philosophy always catch my attention when brought up, and I often find myself immersed in conversation on those subjects. Music is an amazing form of art. I play the harmonica, the bass, and guitar. I play frisbee every week with friends and acquaintances, and find great joy in meeting and befriending new people. I find great comfort in being around the people I love.

Why I am a Mormon

I did not grow up as a member of this Church. I was introduced to it at the age of 17 by a pair of Missionaries who found me by knocking on doors. I didn't know much about the Church, but I did have a few preconceived notions, most of which were either incorrect, or inaccurate. As we continued the discussions, I listened with a desire to learn about the Church, but In my mind, I thought that I would never convert. The missionaries asked me if I would like to read the Book of Mormon, and tell them what I thought of it. And to pray to God with all the questions I had in my heart. That night, I had read parts of the Book of Mormon, and was surprised that I agreed with many of the points it contained. I prayed with the questions I had, and though I didn't receive a direct, spoken answer, I had a very powerful impression that everything felt just right. As I continued to speak with the Elders, I made a decision. I decided that I wanted to learn more. When the time came, I made the decision to follow the example of my savior and was baptized later that month. I've been active ever since. The Gospel has a blessing in my life. It helped me to build a special, and very personal relationship with Jesus Christ. He lives, and he loves us all very dearly. Our Father in Heaven also loves us. He has a plan for each of us. I can say, with uttermost conviction, that this Church is true. That if we have a true desire to seek communion with our creator, and have faith in his words, that we will have that opportunity opened to us. We can gain witness from HIM that the Book of Mormon is true, and that this is the Church that he prepared for us on his Earth today. Only through asking our Heavenly Father in sincere prayer will we ever know for sure. In the book of James in the New Testament, it says that "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.". So ask in faith, and you will receive. Amen

How I live my faith

I attend Church weekly, and I attend Institute, a sort of social gathering and scripture study for young single adults. Members of the Church have callings extended to them. Callings, or assignments, help us to build up the church, and to provide service opportunities so that we are able to serve each other. In my callings, I visit a few families in our Ward to talk to them, see to their needs, and share a spiritual message. Help the local missionaries correlate with the ward to better serve its needs. Teach a class for new converts and those who are returning to the Church. We always seem to have the deepest spiritual discussions over the most basic subjects, and I love it. I am also called to serve as a full-time missionary. It is a two-year commitment, and I depart in November 2011. I hope to share my experiences with others so that I can help them seek and build a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. But most important of all is the personal connection that I have with God. The daily study of his words, daily prayer, and having the desire to be more like Christ, to follow his example and truly love people for who they are. To share a smile. To make people laugh and feel good about themselves. To share what I can to help build them up. The daily stuff. The simple stuff. It's what matters the most.