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Hi I'm Tavish

and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

We have six grown children and six grandchildren (so far!).

Why I am a Mormon

While in high school in 1970, I was taking a night class at a local junior college, and in an off-campus setting, one of my classmates asked me what religion I was. I replied, "Presbyterian, I think", as I had not attended since age 12. My classmate was a "Mormon" (member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) and asked me if I knew anything about "Mormons". I replied that I knew a Mormon once but that I did not know anything about them. In the course of our conversation my classmate asked me if I knew that Jesus Christ had visited America shortly after His resurrection. This was a strange, new thing that I had never heard before, and I said so. My classmate then asked if I knew there were living prophets and apostles on the earth today and, again, this was something new that I had never heard before. It was then that my classmate showed me a copy of The Book of Mormon, now titled THE BOOK OF MORMON, ANOTHER TESTAMENT OF JESUS CHRIST. Back in 1970, most copies of The Book of Mormon were a light blue paperback that had prominently displayed on the first page (after first opening its cover) what I came to know as "the promise of The Book of Mormon". My classmate had me read that promise -- the first two verses of Latter-Day scripture that I had ever read, and which are also found in the last chapter of THE BOOK OF MORMON, ANOTHER TESTAMENT OF JESUS CHRIST on page 529: "And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things." The experience of reading these two verses in The Book of Mormon hit me like a thunderbolt. I had not shared with my classmate the fact that, in spite of my family's protestant religious history, I was an atheist. I specifically remember asking my classmate, "Do you mean to tell me that if I ask God if these things are true, that HE will answer me?" My classmate replied that He would, and I determined to put the promise to the test. I did indeed put the promise in The Book of Mormon to the test, and I did indeed get an answer from Heavenly Father. Further, in the more than 40 years of reading and re-reading THE BOOK OF MORMON, ANOTHER TESTAMENT OF JESUS CHRIST (as well as reading the Old & New Testaments of the Bible and additional Latter-Day scripture), I have found to be true the statement of the Prophet Joseph Smith: "I told the brethren that the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book.” It is my solemn testimony, and experience of over 40 years, that a man, woman or child will get nearer to God by abiding by the precepts of this divinely authored book, than by any other book available to man. And who in their right mind would not want to get closer to the one all-powerful, just, merciful, loving creator of mankind, who knows all things? (2 Nephi 9:20 “O how great the holiness of our God! For he knoweth all things, and there is not anything save he knows it.”) I hope you will do as I did and put to test the promise of The Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ. And I hope you will do what I did nearly 40 years ago and invite the missionaries to teach you about "these things" -- these most wonderful, truthful things from our dear Father in Heaven and from His only begotten Son, the Savior of mankind, Jesus Christ. Please see http://mormon.org/missionaries. And PLEASE fill out the section "Have Missionaries Contact Me" and click the SUBMIT button. Or please look in the white pages of your local telephone directory under "Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints" to call and ask for a no obligation presentation by the missionaries in your home or place of your choosing.

How I live my faith

All I want to share for now is written in the section titled "Why I am a Mormon". A few days later, after re-reading the above: Although, now that I think about it, there is one more very important thing I would like to tell you: Over the months after I got that first answer from my Heavenly Father that, indeed, He did exist, and that THE BOOK OF MORMON, ANOTHER TESTAMENT OF JESUS CHRIST was true, I continued to pray daily, almost continually speaking to my Father in Heaven. Which is fine, even good, because as another Latter-Day scripture from Christ, the Lord, states: "Look unto me in every thought; doubt not, fear not." (Doctrine & Covenants 6:36). I also continued to read, as I recall, daily from The Book of Mormon. But like a three-legged stool cannot stand on two legs (daily prayer and scripture reading), it was not until I added that "third leg" of attending all of the Sunday meetings of the "Mormon" Church -- particularly the Sacrament meeting and Sunday School classes -- that my personal progress and power to leave sin and other distracting obstacles behind, really took off. So PLEASE, do not procrastinate entering this wonderful path that God and His Son have laid out for you and me to be able to regain their presence and eternal happiness, both in this life and in the life to come. And PLEASE, seek out the missionaries and the Church as I explained in my previous entry above. Your only regret will be that you did not do so sooner.