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Hi I'm Antonio

I am a convert, I have a testimony, I know that Jesus Christ lives, I'm a Mormon

About Me

I was born and raised in northern California. My family was not raised in the church. My mom was introduced to the missionaries from our good friends in the area. Shortly after meeting with them my mom thought it was the right fit for our family. The church is huge about the family and my mom really loved that. My mom, two sisters, and brother were baptized. I was not old enough yet. My dad did not get baptized but was supportive our decision. However, after only being members for less than a year we stopped going. When I turned ten I told my mom I wanted to be baptized and so I was in the LDS church. But we still didn’t go. When I was 16 years old I just felt like something was missing in my life. I had lots of friends, played lots of sports, and was always involved with activities at school, but yet I felt like something was missing. One night I prayed to ask Heavenly Father what this empty feeling was. After talking with my mom about it, I convinced her that we should go to church. We started going to some Christian churches that were near the house. But each time I was in a different church I still felt this empty feeling. I thought the services were good but something was missing. Finally, after a few trial and error attempts I told my mom we should try the Mormon (LDS) church. The following Sunday we went to the Mormon (LDS) church. I sat with my mom in the back row of the pews. I looked around and didn’t recognize a lot of the people from when I went with my family, only a few of the adults looked familiar. One thing was for sure though, I could not deny the amazing feeling I had just sitting there and from that Sunday on my mom and I continued to go. I’m not going to lie, I went off pure faith that being there and continuing to go to the Mormon (LDS) church was the right thing to do. I had no idea what they were talking about in Sunday school. I didn’t know anything about Joseph Smith or the Book of Mormon, I had never read it. I just kept going because I just knew it was where I was supposed to be. For the first year it was just my mom and I, but I was able to encourage my oldest sister to start coming to church and later after she had kids, she started bringing them also. My other older sister started to come to church again as well. Eventually, I did choose to go on a mission when I turned 19. I served in the Ohio Cleveland Mission for two years. While I was on my mission my dad started to attend the Mormon (LDS) church with my mom and later on his own when he had to move away for work. He is not baptized yet but I know he will be, he has been going for the last 3 years.

Why I am a Mormon

I love the church so much. I love it because I know it is Jesus Christ church and not a “mans” church. The church doctrine makes perfect sense to me. I have heard a lot of the people’s concerns about the church but I have found that every concern has an answer. I always wondered about where is the church that Jesus Christ established when he was on the Earth? Or questions like what happens to me after I die? If I’m trying to return back to my Heavenly Father, was I with him before I came here to Earth? Questions like these are all answered with references to the scriptures and testimonies of the modern Prophets and Apostles. I have not seen Jesus Christ but I know he lives. I have not seen Joseph Smith but I know his history is true. I have not seen any of the other Prophets of the Bible and Book of Mormon but I know their testimony is true of the Savior. I do know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Lords church. It is the only true and living church on the Earth with all of the same ordinances and teachings of Christ’s church of the New Testament. I was not brought up in the church but I am so grateful that I found it early in my life.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by always striving to be a better person. I try to live my life so that I am ready for whenever the Savior comes. I read my scriptures often. I try to do whatever Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ would have me do.