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Hi I'm Michael

I love to run, play the piano, and smile. I'm a mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the beautiful Wenatchee Valley in Washington state, the apple capitol of the world. My mom taught piano lessons throughout my childhood, which led me to gain a love for the piano. I could play the piano for hours! I also began running in middle school, and I continued to run on the cross-country and track teams throuh my high school career. I learned to work extremely hard in my school work, and as a result I was blessed with academic success. After graduating from high school, I attended two semesters at Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah. I loved it there! I'm currently serving my church and represent the Lord in the Iowa Des Moines mission. I love the gospel of Jesus Christ!

Why I am a Mormon

I may have been born into the LDS church, but that doesn't mean I knew the truth right away. I had to read and pray about the Book of Mormon and the Church to gain a knowledge and spiritual witness of the truth. And that is why I'm a Mormon. Only after my dilligence in the gospel have I received a testimony of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, the prophet Joseph Smith, and the living prophets on earth today. I can confidently say that I've prayed and studied many times to learn of the truth from God, and I've received the answer that it is MOST DEFINITELY TRUE!!

How I live my faith

Because I see how the gospel has changed my life, I desire to share this gift with others. I'm currently serving in the Iowa Des Moines mission as I seek to lift up the hands that hang down and strengthen the feeble knees. I read the Book of Mormon every day and seek to liken the scriptures unto myself (1 Nephi 19:23). I frequently pray for Heavenly Father's guidance and strength. I strive to have a smiling and bright countenance so that I may help others who may be struggling with their day. I want to share the marvelous gift of the gospel with everyone who will listen.

In whom should we have faith?

We believe that the first principle of the gospel is faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Articles of Fatih 1:4). We must first believe in Him as the Savior and Redeemer of all mankind, and that there is no way to return to our Heavenly Father without Him. Because we believe in Jesus Christ, we also believe in His teachings. This will lead us to act upon what He taught throughout the scriptures. Thus, faith in Jesus Christ is a principle of action--a strong belief in Him will lead you to become His disciple through striving to follow His ways. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Family is such and incredible and important unit in the world! I love my family. I learned my manners from them, they taught me discipline, work ethic, recreation, morals, values, righteous desires, love, and the list goes on and on. They taught me the truth, about Jesus Christ and His restored gospel, and how to be truly happy. Without family, I wouldn't have the support I do. I wouldn't know the right values to direct my life. I wouldn't have been taught that I can choose to have an incredible future ahead of me. I probably wouldn't have been led to the true church that brings never-ending true happiness. All these and many more have been made possible through a loving family that believes and follows the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. And what's wonderful is that I can someday have a family of my own, and even after this life I can be with family for eternity! Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

No. We try to follow Jesus Christ's example and help everyone we can, whether or not they are LDS. We try to serve with sincere motives of love and concern for the welfare of our fellowmen. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

A testimony is a sincere knowledge of something, obtained by the power of the Holy Ghost. I have a testimony of Jesus Christ, which means that the Holy Ghost has born witness to me that He lives and is my Savior. I have a testimony of the Book of Mormon, for I feel the Holy Ghost when I read it, talk about it, pray about it, and teach from it. This tells me that the Book of Mormon is true, for the Holy Ghost will only testify of the truth. One can also gain a testimony of prophets, of certain gospel principles or doctrines, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a whole, or anything they desire to know. The key to gaining a testimony is having a sincere desire to know the truth and then putting forth heartfelt effort to find out the truth for yourself. This process involves prayer, study, pondering, and living correct principles. Anyone who desires can gain a testimony of the restored gospel! Show more Show less