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Hi I'm Michael

I love the outdoors. I'm a history buff. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

 I love to be outdoors, either by myself or with my family. I enjoy hiking, camping, and fishing, as well as outdoor sports such as mountain biking, kayaking, and cross-country skiing. In addition to being outside and enjoying nature, I love to read all sorts of literature, from fiction, to history books, to online news articles. I am currently serving as a full-time missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Texas.

Why I am a Mormon

In the Book of Mormon Another Testament of Jesus Christ there is a promise given by a prophet named Moroni. It reads, "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"Moroni 104-5. This scripture is saying that if anyone wants to know the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, they can read it and pray to Heavenly Father for the truth if they do so with real intent, truly wanting to know the truth, then they will receive an answer through the Holy Spirit, which is God's messenger. All of this is dependant upon our faith in Jesus Christ. I have taken this promise to heart by reading the Book of Mormon and praying to Heavenly Father to know that it's true. At first I thought that the answer would just come right then and that would be it, but it didn't. I started reading the Book of Mormon again, and instead of waiting to the very end of the book to pray, I prayed to know the truthfulness of the book and the message of Christ that it contains as I read. As I went through the pages, I could feel an added measure of peace in my life, as well as a stronger capacity and desire to do good continually. I knew that this was my answer, and it came bit by bit. My faith in Christ is strengthened each time I read the Book of Mormon, and I know that He is my Savior and Redeemer. I know that through Him I can be saved in the kingdom of God, and that because He died for me I can be forgiven of my sins on the condition that I follow Him as best as I can. Because I know that the Book of Mormon is true, I know that Joseph Smith was called to be the Lord's prophet in these days, and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only true and living church on the face of the earth. I know that anyone that wants to know the truth can find it, and the peace that it will bring is one of the greatest feelings in the world.

How I live my faith

Many people believe that they need to divide their life into different sections church, work, school, family life, etc. . . I disagree with that philosophy because I think that we should be the same person no matter where we are or whom we are with. Why should I act one way at church and then act a completely different way when I’m at school? I believe that I should be the same person in church that I am in all other situations, and if I am not then there are corrections that I need to make in my life in order to change that. The Lord said, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven”Matthew 721. The way that I live my faith is by taking the things that I learn in church and apply them to my every day life. When I learn about service and how the Savior helped other people throughout His life, I take that knowledge and do something about it by helping somebody throughout the week. It isn’t enough to say, “I believe that helping other people is good.” We have to actually do it, and that is the standard that we will be judged by at the judgment day. Paul’s words to Timothy seem to say it all “Be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity”1 Timothy 412.