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Hi I'm Lewis

I'm an Australian. I love sport and music. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I’m a 21 year old guy from Melbourne, the best city in the world. I love music, particularly playing guitar and performing, but I love listening to almost any form of music, anything from pop to classical, 8-bit to noise rock. I play lacrosse, follow ice hockey, and enjoy most sports. I have a weird craving to always be learning something different, but have a tiny attention span, so I’m pretty likely to know a whole bunch of worthless random facts, as well as a few things that are actually helpful. My education, income, sport and all my other personal goals and ambitions have been temporarily set aside to do something much more challenging and much more rewarding – to serve as a "Mormon missionary" for two years in WA. Now I'm back in Melbourne, unemployed, broke, and I still haven't even started university - but I wouldn't trade those years with anyone!

Why I am a Mormon

The simple answer without the long story is this: because God hears and answer prayers. Although I was raised in the church, and grew up initially with a firm assurance that it was true, there were years where I didn’t really know what I was doing, or why I was doing it, particularly in regards to religion. I doubted everything that I knew, and made some pretty dumb decisions. I really came to a turning point when I’d graduated from high school, and had started working, saving and otherwise preparing for a potential missionary service I wasn’t even sure if I wanted to give. I began to doubt again, and I questioned whether it was true, and thought that even if it was true, surely I’d never be worthy to represent it. I was wrong. I continued to study and learn, and would seek counsel from church leaders and teachers, and superficially turned to God in prayer, but after I was really brought low, I decided that I had to find out if I’d been right when I was younger, or if I was living a fraud, and I decided that if it was true, that I wanted to repent and be forgiven. If it was true, I wanted to be worthy of it. I started working to overcome my weaknesses, and my prayers changed from merely saying words, to pleading with the Lord for help, and for answers - if He was there and if I could be forgiven. Once I was sincere, and was actually prepared to act on an answer, not just sit on the fence, then the help really came. It was a long, hard road, but after a significant time, effort, and change, I got my answer. I finally knew that it was real, and what was right. I knew that Joseph Smith was a prophet, that Christ was my saviour, and that God knew and loved me. I knew what I’d done wrong, but I knew that I’d finally worked through it. And as I prepared to depart from my home to be a missionary, I received additional witnesses that what I was doing was right, that I had been forgiven, and that I was worthy to serve. God hears us, and He does answer.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by always trying to learn, to serve, and to grow. That means obeying God’s commandments, as stated in John 7:17 – “If any man will do His [meaning God’s] will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God…” When we live the commandments, even when it means we have to sacrifice something, we learn of its truth and its value. So for me, it means being honest, and having integrity, to myself, to those around me and to God. It means keeping Sabbaths holy – not working on Sundays, or playing sport on Sunday. It means living the word of wisdom - not drinking, not taking drugs, and trying to treat my body as a temple. It means living the law of chastity –avoiding pornographic material and abstaining from pre-marital sexual relations and striving to be virtuous. And while these commandments occasionally mean being mocked, or laughed at, by living these commandments I’ve learned their huge worth. Because living them has really meant being blessed with trust, good health physically and spiritually, a high level of self-control and an internal sense of self-worth and self-respect. And I recently put my education and work aspirations on hold to serve full-time for two years as a missionary in W.A.. It's been the biggest challenge I've faced in my life, but I've grown heaps, and I love the people in Perth!