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Hi I'm Adam Manwill

I love music, I'm a musician, I play guitar in a rock-band. . . and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I was born in Utah, and grew up in the Midvale/Sandy area. I'm currently serving as a missionary in the Oregon Portland Mission. I was born into the church. I love music, I center my life around it, though the Gospel of Jesus Christ and church come first. I've played guitar in quite a few bands, I'm constantly expanding my horizons in music. I love performing. There aren't too many better feelings than entertaining a crowd of people. And sharing what I love. Music is in my soul. I love my family so much, they mean everything to me. They have always supported me in what I do. And thanks to them, I was raised in a home where the gospel was taught all the time. My family helped make me what I am today. My dad passed away from battling cancer in February 2012. He was a great example of hardwork, using your time wisely and enduring through trials. My mom is a convert to the church in her teenage years and later served a mission. And my sister is the happiest person I have ever met. If it wasn't for my loving parents and sister, I don't think I would be where I am today. When I was born, I was diagnosed with FAP. A very rare disease that causes polyps to grow in my digestive system. When I was 10 I had my entire colon removed. Thanks to my family, my loving savior Jesus Christ and my Father in Heaven, I made it through those tough times. And my life is still affected by FAP, and it only makes my relationship with, and faith in Heavenly Father and Christ stronger and stronger.

Why I am a Mormon

Well I was born in the church, so I was born "Mormon", though there's a time in everyone's life, where they need to find out for themselves if it's true. And for me, I have always just felt it to be true. All the health issues I've had in life have brought me close to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, and I've seen their love for me, as a person, individually. I love the peace I get from the gospel. And while in church or at church activities, I've had experiences where I've felt the Spirit very strongly. Times where it's brought me to tears. And there is just NO way I could deny it. Ever. The first time I ever knelt down and asked my Father in Heaven specifically if the Book of Mormon was true I was about 18 years old. The answer I got wasn't an angel coming down from heaven, or seeing God and Christ, it was a feeling. A feeling that I can't really describe or deny. And through studying and reading it daily, and the feelings I get while reading it, I know that the Book of Mormon is true. And through knowing that the Book of Mormon is true, I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only true church on the earth. That the Priesthood has been restored to the earth and that we can fully apply the gift of Christ's Atonement in our life through priesthood ordinances. And that this Church, is led by a true prophet today who guides us in these days. And because I know all this, why wouldn't I be a member?

How I live my faith

I study the scriptures daily, pray daily and attend church every Sunday. I know that sounds simple, but I know that by the "small and simple" things Faith grows. And that it takes time and patience. Over the past while, I have come to know for myself that is true, because it's happened to me and my testimony grows daily. I live what I believe. I stand up for the church, and I stand up for Christ. I try my best to be an example, and treat others as Christ would treat them. I start and end everyday in prayer to my Heavenly Father. I also say random prayers of thanks, through out the day. I also ask for help when I need strength, or ask for direction, because I know that I can't do everything I do in life by myself. And I've seen the hand of the Lord help me in life. In the small things and the big things. Being in the music scene gives me opportunities to be an example of a disciple of Christ and stand up for what I believe in, and share a little of what I believe. I incorporate my beliefs into the music I write as well, because I know without Heavenly Father and Christ there is no way I could accomplish the things I've done in life. Everything I have ever done, I've had their help. I'm currently serving as a missionary in the Oregon Portland Mission, helping people come closer to Christ and our Heavenly Father. And it's wonderful.

What is the priesthood?

Adam Manwill
The Priesthood is the power and authority to act in God's name. It's the power that Christ has, and gave to his apostles. The Church is directed and led through this Priesthood authority. And every worthy male in the Church is given the Priesthood, and as long as they live worthily, are able to use it. The Priesthood, is all about service. We are to use the Priesthood in serving others with love. People with the Priesthood are able to give people, what's called a Priesthood blessing. And in my own life, I've seen the Priesthood heal people, and it's truly amazing. It's real, and I know it's the power of God. Show more Show less