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Hi I'm Duncan Pickett

I'm a Mormon, first and foremost. I'm also a music lover, a singer, and a friend, and most especially a missionary!

About Me

I served a mission as an authorized representative of Jesus Christ, in the beautiful state of California in the Spanish language. I'm stoked to serve the Lord, bless the lives of others, and learn to love like Christ does. I love music and singing, especially. I envied others' abilities to play musical instruments for the longest time, and I'm now in the process of learning how to play guitar and piano. I love kids; the younger they are, the more adorable they are to me. I'm the middle child of a family of 5 kids. My friends and family are among the most important things to me. I'm always happy to help someone out, though most of the time it just means being there to listen when they need me. I take great pride in being a reliable, trusty friend.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into an LDS family, and getting baptized was pretty much standard procedure. That's how I joined the LDS church. I really became a Mormon years later, though. It was a pretty long process, too. In high school, I battled what most teens typically have to deal with, and to be honest, most of the time I lost. To the outsider, it would seem like I was more or less a model Mormon teen--I went to church, participated in family home evening, did well in school--all that good stuff. But I was really just going through the motions. All I really had was words. Then I went on a church history trek the summer before my senior year. I was pretty directionless; I felt like my life didn't really amount to much and I was just floating along, just coasting. We went to Carthage Jail, where Joseph and Hyrum Smith were martyred. We (about 30 teens) were standing in the very room where it happened, and no one was making a noise. We were listening to a recording that they played and the song 'A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief' came into my head. An overwhelming feeling flooded my body and the words on the recording were bearing testimony of the prophet Joseph Smith and his mission, and I knew then that it was true. All the scripture stories I'd learned as a child, all of the lessons I'd been taught in church, the Gospel restored by Joseph Smith... I knew it was all true. The empty feeling was replaced by a divine love, the love that our Heavenly Father has for all of his children. Now I had more than just words. I had a testimony, I had a witness. I was a witness, and I am today. But the process wasn't over yet. I felt good, and the empty feeling had gone, but only for a while. I wasn't doing anything wrong. But I wasn't doing anything. I knew it was true, but what did it matter? It took me a year, a few mistakes, and an angel of a friend to help me realize that it wasn't enough to know the Gospel is true: you have to live it. That's when I became a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Daily. There are no guarantees, ever. The only way to stay on the straight and narrow is to make the decision now and everyday for the rest of your life. Any day, any hour, any minute could be the moment that changes every other day, hour, and minute to come. I seek understanding by sadly scripture study, church attendance and participation, and daily meaningful prayer. I do my best to look for opportunities to serve others, mostly because I know how it feels when you don't have anyone to help as well as how it feels afterwards when God sends His angels to the rescue. I live my faith simply by making myself available to be the Lord's angel when He needs one.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Duncan Pickett
Grace is essential for salvation. Without it, we could have no hope of returning to live with our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. We believe that "by grace we are saved after all that we can do," as Book of Mormon prophet Nephi taught 2 Nephi 2523. 'After all we can do' is an essential part of the doctrine of grace. We can't expect to be exalted if we give less than our best for Christ He gave His best, the absolute best, for us. We shouldn't expect anything else. Show more Show less