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Hi I'm Max

I love music, I play the bass, I'm a Thespian and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Southern California and since I was a kid I loved to play hockey. I played for 11 years and then decided that I would rather play music. In high school I participated in choir, theatre and competitive improv (much like Who's Line is it Anyway? but not so scripted). I love to snowboard, go on road trips and spend time with my family and friends. I was not raised in the Mormon Church, I joined in 2007 and it was the best choice I have ever made to get closer to my Savior, Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents decided to get divorced when I was in high school. My life came crashing down on me and I needed answers to questions like: If God loved me why would this happen to my family? Whats the point in investing so much time in family relationships if t would all just crumble in the end? Why does God allow so much pain and suffering to happen? This all led me to asking friends and loved ones about their beliefs in an attempt to develop my own. I found that no one's answers would satisfy or hit home with me and I was at the point of giving up on God. That was until my Mormon friends invited me to start attending early morning seminary. Interestingly enough, that year was the year that students receive an in depth study of the Book of Mormon. It was there that I felt I was learning the true nature of God, who He is and what He expected of me and his son. I felt in my heart and in my mind that the mysteries of God were being unfolded to me and from that point forward I was determined to KNOW if the things I was being were true. Through a study of the Book of Mormon and the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I came to know through the Holy Spirit of God, that the Mormon church is truly God's Kingdom on the earth. I was baptized by one holding the holy priesthood of God and the rest is history. The church is true. I know that by living the gospel of Jesus Christ, that is perfectly portrayed in His true Church, that I can become close to my Father in Heaven and His Son, Jesus Christ. I know that through Joseph Smith the Gospel was restored to the earth for us to partake in today. I know that The Priesthood, the power to act in the name of God, was restored through Joseph Smith and that it is the power by which our church is governed. I know that we have a prophet on the earth today, Thomas S. Monson, by his fruits, I know that he the beloved prophet of the world. I am happy, and I know that is because I have found God's true church.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by keeping the commandments of God. I live my faith by standing as a witness of Jesus Christ at all times and in all places. I do all I can to exemplify the Savior and to be a righteous example to others. I do not condemn others. I invite others to partake of Christ's glorious gospel. I pray everyday, I read my scriptures everyday, I attend Sunday church meetings and I strive to fulfill the assignments and callings given to me in faith. That is how I live my faith and show my love toward God and Jesus Christ.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

The Atonement of Jesus Christ is the term we use in the church to describe the Savior's infinite sacrifice on our behalf. The Atonement has three important components 1 In the garden of Gethsemane Jesus took upon himself the sins, temptations, and all other manner of afflictions. During His suffering in Gethsemane, we read that his sweat were as great drops of blood. The agony experienced in the garden was required so that Christ could know how to "succor us according to our infirmities" Alma 7 11-13 2 Christ's death on the cross was the fulfillment of His taking upon himself our sins and infirmities, Christ knows how it feels to die and has experienced every possible pain that we can feel, all the more reason for us to take our sins, trials, and afflictions to Him, seeking his divine help. 3 Christ was resurrected on the third day after His death on the cross. Resurrection is the reuniting of one's body and spirit in a glorified and perfected form. With Christ's conquering over death, we all receive the promise of a glorified, perfected body when we are prepared to meet our Maker and Father in Heaven, God. The Atonement is necessary for us because with out it we would be tainted with sin and unworthy to be in the presence of God. Through Christ's Atonement, we have the promise of overcoming physical death, and through repentance and forsaking our sins, we can be cleansed of sin, worthy to enter into the presence of God. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

God is our loving Heavenly Father, he loves us and we are His children. God is all powerful, all knowing, and has a plan for all of us, the plan of salvation or the plan of happiness.His utmost desire is that we return to live with Him someday in the kingdom of heaven. God has a physical body of flesh and bones, to me that is huge because I can have a picture in mind of the Man that I am praying to and who I am ultimately striving to be with in the eternities. Our Father in Heaven is just and merciful, He is kind and patient, He is perfect and we are to strive to be like Him and His Son, Jesus Christ. Show more Show less