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Hi I'm Adam Shields

I'm a missionary, an average guy, and a Mormon.

About Me

I have been Mormon all my life. Probably not the greatest Mormon, but hey, it's never too late to change. I try to do the right thing, but I will the first to admit that I fall just about as much as the next guy. I love the outdoors and being with friends, and those are the main thing I have given up to be where I am now. My current residence is in Salt Lake City, Utah, continuing my education at the LDSBC. I also gave up 2 years to serve a mission for the Lord in Long Beach California, and I learned a lot out there and perhaps matured more into the man that I need to be than I could have anywhere else.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church, but technically I have chosen this gospel, because I still have the option to leave or stay. However, I know that God and Jesus Christ really restored their true gospel again on the earth, and the thought of leaving it is unbearable and unimaginable. I can't see how I could live without the divine instructions of God. The Church has taught me life-long principles that help me to be happier all the time. Such as the principle that this life isn't all, and there is more after it is done. We came here to be challenged and to learn from those challenges. Experience is a hard taskmaster, but God can be reached at any time with prayer, and wants to hear from us badly because He wants to know how we feel, what our problems are, and for what we are grateful. It's not like he doesn't know all of this already, because God is all knowing - I think it's more of a phone call to a parent who knows what you need, and wants to know what you think you need so that you can learn from him what is best for you. God has given us a commandment to pray to Him. God wants us to try and figure things out for ourselves, but He is also there to give us guidance and hints on what needs to be done for us to live the life He wishes us to live. If we allow Him to guide us, it's not blind obedience. God will only lead us back to Him, and does this through promptings. If we are willing to listen and follow, He will give directions for our good.

How I live my faith

Well, I took a HUGE step of faith in serving a mission for Him. Our missions are 2 years long and every day we go out and talk to people. It isn't about boosting numbers. This is about edifying souls who are children of God, and helping them to see that which we know - that this life isn't everything, you don't have to go at it alone, and you are literally a spirit child of the most powerful being in the universe, and can seek His help and guidance for any issue you struggle with. And so much more. I, like a lot of people, used to think that all His rules and restrictions were, well, restraining. But I learned, perhaps a bit later than I should have, that His laws and rules give us more freedom than we have when we don't live them. The options are literally endless when it comes to His ways. That is something that takes time and (sometimes painful) experience to learn in this life.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Adam Shields
In one word: yes. Show more Show less