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Hi I'm Michael

I'm a student, a triathlete, a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fan, and a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a college student majoring in Law and Constitutional Studies, I served as an LDS missionary in Seoul, South Korea for two years, and I love my family!

Why I am a Mormon

Although my family have been members of the Church since the days of Joseph Smith, I had to find out for myself if what I had been taught was true. I was fifteen years old when I started to feel a desire to know for myself. A scripture in the Book of Mormon tells us to read the book and then pray to know if it is true. If we do so with a sincere heart, we are promised that we will receive a witness from the Holy Spirit that it is indeed true. I took that promise to heart and read the entire Book of Mormon, praying everyday to know if what I was reading was true. It took me about a year of prayer and study before I received my own witness. I did not receive a grandiose vision or some sort of angelic visitation. However, what I did feel was the the Holy Spirit witnessing to me that the Book of Mormon was indeed true and that Joseph Smith was indeed a prophet. What did that feel like? I felt peace, calmness, and the love of my Heavenly Father. He listens to, and answers, my prayers- I know that He will listen to and answer yours as well.

How I live my faith

I do the best I can. God does not expect me to be perfect, but He does expect me to keep trying. I make time everyday to study the words of His prophets, ancient and modern. I am currently studying the New Testament because I want to learn more about the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, His Atonement, and the missionary work done by his followers after His death and resurrection. I try to help one person smile everyday because it seems to me that I can study the scriptures and go to church all I want but still not be a true disciple of Jesus Christ if I don't reach out to the people who stand next to me.

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

We need a Savior because none of us are perfect. We all make mistakes in our life- and sometimes we intentionally do that which is wrong to satisfy pride, ambition, or lust. God is loving, but absolutely just, and He requires that those of His children who want to return to live in His presence and to become like Him keep the standards and degree of purity that He Himself keeps. Of course, that is impossible for imperfect, mortal beings like ourselves to achieve on our own. God provided a way to make the impossible, possible- He gave us hope through the Atonement and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. We need a Savior because we need to be saved from our sins. In some way that I do not yet understand, Jesus Christ suffered in the Garden of Gethsemane and died on the cross to pay the price for our sins and become the Mediator between God and man. Christ's sacrifice allows me to come to Him, in humility, and request forgiveness. Through Christ's Atonement my soul is made clean and my sins are forgiven so that I can stand in the presence of God, unashamed. Without the Savior Jesus Christ, none of us would be able to return to live with our Heavenly Father. Christ lives, and He loves each and every one of us. He wants us to repent and become clean of our sins so that we can return to live with our Heavenly Father and enjoy all of the happiness and glory that is waiting for us. Show more Show less