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Hi I'm Landon

I grew up in Los Angeles. I am now a graduate student in Analytical Chemistry and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi everyone! I grew up in LA. I have always enjoyed reading, nature, science, music, I play the flute and sing in choir, I like going to the theater, attending baseball games and I have a certain proclivity for playing video games. There is nothing quite like cooking a fantastic gourmet meal or just totally renovating some part of your house. I also like the color blue. I would say I am something of a self sufficient renaissance man. I served a mission in Denmark and I am now a budding scientist working on my PhD in Analytical Chemistry. I have traveled the world and seen many different countries. Despite all these things, faith in Christ has been and always will be an essential part of my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church. I have believed it my whole life, but belief wasn't enough for me. When I was young, I wanted to know if the Book of Mormon was true. I didn't think about it back then, but now that I am older I realize how pivotal that book is. It is a testament of Christ as our Savior and Redeemer. If the Book of Mormon is true, then Christ is indeed our Savior. Also, the Book of Mormon was revealed through Joseph Smith, so if that Book is true, that means that Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God. One night I asked God if the Book of Mormon was true. The feeling I felt was inexplicable, but I will try to describe it anyway. It felt like the darkness of the room in which I was praying was filled with love and light. I could feel distinctly that this powerful feeling was not emanating from inside me but that some outside source was generating these feelings of love, light and comfort. Having learned that God answers prayers, I knew that he had answered mine and that the Book of Mormon was true. Since then, life has had its trials and I have had doubts creep in, but my mind always returns to that night and then I remember that it has to be true because I had received personal revelation from God. To quote from Joseph Smith, "I knew it, and I knew that God knew it, and I could not deny it, neither dared I do it at least I knew that by so doing I would offend God, and come under condemnation." Besides that, when I follow the teachings of the church leaders, I am happy. When I have not followed the counsel of the scriptures or our modern-day prophets great sorrow has entered into my life, so that is another evidence to me that what they teach is true. I encourage anyone to who reads this to put what is stated in John 717 to the test. Look it up, but what it basically says is that if you don't have faith in something, practice it and put it to the test. If it is true, you will know because of the blessings that will come into your life.

How I live my faith

I live it daily. I live in a place where my faith interfaces in nearly every aspect of my life. I serve as a communications facilitator in my congregation ward and so I get to interact with the members in my ward quite regularly. They are my friends and I enjoy being with them. There are frequent ward activities and there are many spontaneous events that just happen. As this is a college town, this has become my local family and I couldn't ask for a better one. Our faith unites us and we all have a knowledge of the truth of this restored Gospel. It is fascinating to see how conversations can go from lighthearted chatting to deep soul searching topics in an instant and how there is trust among these friends because they have a similar value system to you. Each member is given people in the ward to specifically watch over and make sure that they are doing alright. This program is called home teaching and it has provided for some of the most enriching experiences of my life. It has given me opportunities to serve and bless the lives of those that I am assigned to minister to. It is a marvelous and inspired program that strives to ensure that all members are sought after. I also try to devote time daily to personal spiritual matters and I notice that as I do this my life feels more manageable. I am a graduate student studying Analytical Chemistry and as you can imagine, I don't have much free time, but somehow the time I devote to spiritual matters and worship makes my days, weeks and months just go better. There is truly nothing to lose by following our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Following his example brings true lasting happiness and not the shallow counterfeit excitement that the world is so intent on thrusting upon us. If you want to be happy, try to follow Christ and you will find the meaning in life that deep down you know you have been missing.

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Landon
We do have the Bible, and it is the word of God. There is no doubt of that, but as prophets were important in biblical times, shouldn't they be important to have now, considering how much more confusing the world is today? In addition, the prophets who wrote in the Bible all had authority from God or Priesthood. Priesthood is authority to act in God's name and after all the Apostles died, there was no person on Earth who had God's Priesthood. The world fell into apostasy and for years we were in the dark ages. With a restoration, God gave His Priesthood to man again and now we have Prophets and Apostles just as existed in the original Christian church. God restored his Priesthood through Joseph Smith, the first Prophet in this modern age. We have new scripture, revealed through the same man, that guides us and clarifies doctrine and the authority to act in the name of God exists among us today. We still have prophets who receive revelation and they receive counsel from God and reveal it to us. Show more Show less