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Hi I'm David

I live in Mesa Arizona, and am serving a full-time mission in Oregon. I love music and singing and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I enjoy music so much. I played drums in band in elementary, junior high, and high school. I was very shy growing up and had a hard time getting out of my comfort zone. I love to sing and have been in show choirs for the past few years.

Why I am a Mormon

I've grown up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints all of my life. I've been taught the gospel and largely depended on my parents' testimonies. But there came a time when I was wondering for myself if this church was true or not and why I should be a member if I didn't believe in it. As I started to drift from the things my parents had taught me, I made some poor decisions that affected my faith and who I was as a person. Mistakes that I felt incredibly guilty about and that I wanted to correct, but didn't feel strong enought to correct. That is when I gained my testimony of the Church. I needed help. And I felt that I couldn't turn to anyone about it and that no one could identify with me. One of my friends who was a strong member of the church told me to get down on my knees and pray. To pray for the help I needed and to ask for forgiveness for the mistakes I had made. That is the time I received an answer to my prayers. I felt calm and at peace. I knew that Jesus Christ had felt the pains that I was dealing with and I felt those pains taken from me. I could feel His love for me, and I wanted to change. I wanted to repent of my past mistakes and become more like Christ. I knew that the Gospel of Jesus Christ was true and that I was forgiven. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is true.

How I live my faith

Right now I am a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I teach others about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and share my belief of him. I want others to know of the truth that I know. That people can repent and be forgiven of their past transgressions. That no one needs to continue to experience the guilt and pain of their transgressions. As I teach and try to bring others unto Christ, I grow and become more like Christ and feel his love for all of our Heavenly Father's children. And it brings me so much joy and happiness knowing that I am helping people return to live with their Heavenly Father.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

David
No not all mormons are required to serve missions. It's the decision of the member. Generally, males at the age of 19 serve a mission for 2 years. It is strongly impressed on boys growing up that they are expected and should serve a mission, although it's not required. Serving a mission is often expressed to be the best 2 years of their life. That what they learn and experience shape the person for the rest of their lives. I agree that the mission will be an amazing experience in and person's life, but that it is not required. It is not required for your Eternal Salvation. Show more Show less

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

David
Very simply put, as we read the Book of Mormon, Bible, and other scriptures, we draw closer to Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father. We learn their teachings and are given countless examples of those who follow the teachings of christ and act righteously and those who disregard the teachings they're given and ignore the calls to repentance. When we know the words of God and follow the teachings we're given, our lives and our families and friends lives are blessed in ways we could never think of. God blesses us with scriptures so we can learn from the words of the prophets of old and be blessed according to our obedience to those teachings. Show more Show less