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Hi I'm Levon

I live in Washington. I studied international relations and currently work as a business analyst. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love reading and learning new things. I speak Spanish fluently and would love to learn more languages. I find politics and international relations fascinating. I also love to write (both fiction and op-ed) and hope to one day publish a book. My wife and I were high school sweethearts and have just moved back to where we both grew up after several years away for college and other work. I love music, both enjoying it and performing it. I love to sing and hope to be able to learn to play the piano beyond the basics that I know now. I also love theatre and have been in several plays. My biggest hobby, however, is simply problem-solving. I love the challenge of taking a significant problem and identifying potential solutions, evaluating the benefits and costs associated, and testing those solutions if possible (which my work as a business analyst utilizes extensively). My wife and I have determined several potential solutions to some world-wide problems (like the Mexican drug cartel issue, dealing with nuclear proliferation, etc.).

Why I am a Mormon

I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is His true church. I have studied extensively the doctrines, but more importantly I have obtained a witness from the Holy Spirit that what I have studied is true. I know that God loves us as we are His children. I know that God has sent us here to the Earth to learn and grow, and a big part of that learning is that we be left to make our own choices. I know that God does help us make the right choices through sending inspired men (or prophets) to tell us His will and commandments as well as through personal revelation in answer to our prayers. I know that God listens to us and answers us. Just as in times past that we can read about in the scriptures, I know that God has again sent prophets to guide us today. I know that the current President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, President Thomas S. Monson, is such a prophet. I know that it was through the first prophet of our era, Joseph Smith, that God restored not only the true church to the earth again but also His sacred priesthood. I know that as we follow these things and live according to their counsel, we will be happy and find peace in this life and in the life to come. What sets this church apart from all others I have studied is that there is distinct evidence that each and every person can and should investigate and determine the truth for themselves. We do not just have to rely on the testimony of others. God has given us the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ as evidence that He leads this church. If that book is truly His word, then He called Joseph Smith to translate it and set up His church on the earth. All people are invited to read the Book of Mormon and then to pray to God and ask if it is true. Those who do so with true desire will receive an answer as I have that it is true. The gospel of Jesus Christ is the one way to find lasting joy and peace for me and my family, and that is everything to me.

How I live my faith

The local congregations of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are called wards. Within those wards the members are asked to fulfill assignments (all voluntarily), often referred to as callings. I have just recently been asked to assist in the youth activities for the 11 year-old boys. In conjunction with the Boy Scouts of America, we will be focusing those activities on learning important life skills and on being good family members and neighbors. In addition to that, one of my duties as one who has received the priesthood is to watch over the other families in the ward and make sure all their needs are met (both physical and spiritual). I am specifically assigned a few families that I am especially responsible for. I am to visit them at least once a month and do whatever I can to assist them. It is my goal that I be the first one they think of when they need something and that they feel comfortable asking things of me. This assignment is the perfect excuse to be the best friend I can with others.

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Levon
This is an excellent question! There are many things we can do to increase our faith in Jesus Christ. The most important thing is to live what we know is true and what we believe God wants us to do. Without that our faith cannot grow. Other things we can do to increase our faith is to learn more about Jesus Christ--His live, teachings, Atonement, and commandments. We can learn of Him and of the things we ought to do from both the scriptures like the Bible and Book of Mormon and from modern-day prophets. We can increase our faith as we pray to Heavenly Father. I know He listens and will bless us accordingly. As we do these things, we will better learn who we are, what we can become, what is expected of us, and where we are going. As we live according to those truths, our faith will grow and grow without limit. Show more Show less