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Hi I'm Doran

I like to buy cereal. I run with scissors. Someday I'll be a Ninja Turtle. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Well, I'm 22 years old, from Missouri, going to college and figuring out a career path.. Over a year ago I served as a full-time missionary for Christ's church for two years in Connecticut, which experience has meant everything to me, for the direction it's provided.. I love to live my life; it's not very glamorous, but I value laughing a lot and just enjoying the simple things. Such as animal crackers, or the Baha Men.. Growing up I've spent a lot of time playing and watching baseball, which I continue to love today, although I'm not able to devote myself to it as much as I used to. I amuse myself with various hobbies like buying cereal, Etch A Sketching, and throwing stuff (often to the exasperation of those around me).. Yet underlining it all, most important in my life is faith and family, and trying to be a devoted disciple of Jesus Christ. Nothing could possibly replace that. I'm so grateful for all the opportunities I've been given to develop the testimony and conviction of His restored gospel. It truly gives me the guidance as to how I want to live my life. I don't know exactly where my life will take me, but ultimately, no matter what, I have a knowledge of who I truly am, a spiritual son of God, of divine heritage and of unlimited potential. I am certainly not nearly perfect, but I know that drawing closer to the Savior through His gospel has raised me to a better self.

Why I am a Mormon

On the surface level, I was raised in the LDS church, so naturally I've grown up with this my entire life. I've never turned away from it or anything. BUT does this mean that I'm Mormon just because that's what I've been taught? How do I know this is the path for me to follow? There comes a point in adolescence where you start to mature and decide who you really are and what you really believe. Growing up, church leaders always emphasized that we must find out for OURSELVES that the things we're being taught are true. The same principle we stress to everyone, because there's a promise attached- if we seek, we will find. If we ask God, He will let us know if the things we profess are actually truth. There's no going with the flow when you understand the eternal significance of the message we share. I know this is Christ's true church, all of it, because I've learned it for myself. I haven't had any one earth-shattering experience, but as I've developed spiritually, I've come to see how my faith has grown over the course of my lifetime. I owe that to my family for setting me on the correct path, but ultimately I had to learn to recognize and feel the Spirit for myself, testifying of truth. With that witness also comes a greater perspective of the real satisfaction Christ's gospel contains, as compared to any other place. You can't understand it fully until you experience it for yourself. I know this is the only way to true and lasting happiness, it's simple as that.

How I live my faith

Faith is partly belief, and partly the action that results from that belief, so the cool thing about the church is that we have the opportunity to further exercise and develop our faith by accepting various responsibilities to serve in the church. When I served as a full-time missionary for two years, I shared the gospel of Jesus Christ with the people of New England. We don't serve missions because we're fanatical about religion, or to show how righteous we are, or even to score bonus points with God. I did it because I know what I have in this church, and I know that the truths we can learn from the Book of Mormon and from modern prophets will make an immense impact for anyone and everyone. It has for me. One of the things that I love about this church is how applicable the teachings are to everyday life. More-so than any other church, I believe, we do not simply give lip-service on Sunday and do our own thing the other six days of the week. That doesn't mean we're perfect of course, I'm certainly not, but when I take the principles I learn in church and in my personal study, and apply it consistently, those principles start becoming a part of who I am. The path to happiness is following Christ's example as closely as possible, and I believe that with the fulness of the gospel contained in this church, we have the greatest capacity to become Christlike. And ultimately, that's how I live my faith: I'm trying to be like Jesus.