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Hi I'm Ethan Bernard

I'm a student, I play the violin, I'm a son and a brother of a wonderful family, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a college student and very busy. I'm studying Political Science yet I want to go to Med School. I've played the Violin for about 10 years. I speak spanish. I'm loving life as a student while searching for the best things in life.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the faith by two wonderful parents. My parents joined the Church in their early 20's shortly after getting married. I am very grateful for their decision to join the church because it has defined who I am. I have learned so many great values and life lessons growing up in the Church that I don't believe you can find in any other kind of environment. Being raised in the church does not guarantee that you believe in the things that it teaches. I had my struggles and my doubts. There came a time in my life when I had to decide what I was going to believe. Is the Book of Mormon real? Was Joseph Smith a liar? Is there even such a thing as "one" true church. I really didn't know. These questions bothered me in my early teen years. If there was anything I was certain of, it was that God exists and that He loves us, His children. I could not deny his mighty power. I had too many experiences to say God wasn't real. I know he watches over us and guides us. He is our Father. I really wanted to know if the Book of Mormon was true. I didn't know any other way to find out how, but by prayer. I had learned early in life that you can't learn of spiritual truths without prayer. It is only through communication with our Heavenly Father can we learn of the complete truth, no one else can tell us or convince us. With the Book of Mormon in my hand, I kneeled down at my bedside late at night. After much pondering upon the subject, I knew there was no other way to know of its truth with certainty. I said a quiet and short prayer, "Heavenly Father, I think the Book of Mormon is true. Father...is it?" A familiar sweet spirit fell upon me. The Holy Ghost visited me that night, and with its gentle way of communicating, He said, "yes". I felt a burden lift from me. I felt comfort. I felt peace. I felt...loved. At that moment, I knew that the Book of Mormon was true. It is true. It is all true. I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior, and the leader of this church.

How I live my faith

I try to model my life after the life of Jesus Christ. He was so loving and caring. He served all those he was around. I'm very grateful for the church because it provides me more opportunities to serve others. Through the church I have been able to feed the poor, clean up parks, give gifts to the needy, and various other activities focused on others. In the church, we all have "callings" or certain responsibilities assigned to us by the Bishop. They are voluntary positions that help everyone in the community. I have had several callings, but most recently, I was assigned to assist the missionary effort in a small spanish congregation. The biggest calling I have had was to serve a 2 year full time mission, without pay, to assist and teach others about the truths of God. I have never had so much satisfaction if my life than in those two years. I saw lives change. I saw people coming to Christ and finding His true church. Grumpy people became happy. Happy people became happier. They are now experiencing the same joy that I have.