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Hi I'm Lane

I am tall and goofy, I drink pickle juice, they call me the piano man and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Well, were do I begin? I grew up in the great state of Nebraska. If you have never heard of it before, you drive to the middle of nowhere and then keep driving and you will eventually find it on your left. I am 22 years old and the oldest of 5 kids. My family is a bit crazy at times but they mean the world to me. I love to play piano and listen to just about any type of music....except country....okay, maybe a little, but too much kind of gets on my nerves. My dream job is to teach music and one day help people love it as much as I do. Music just does something for the soul that I can't describe. It takes a real man to admit this, but I love watching the sunsets....especially the ones that have the clouds that light up red and whatnots. You will never see 2 that are the same. Well, that about sums it up.

Why I am a Mormon

The main reason I am a Mormon is because it helped answer questions that I have had since I was a young kid. I grew up in a pretty religious home. We went to church now and again, but nothing too major. I mean, we weren't like hardcore "Jesus Rockers" or anything like that, but we did believe. As time went on, I had tons of questions that just wouldn't leave me alone. Questions like: did I exist before I was born? Why does the Bible end? What really happens after we die? Can I truly be forgiven for my sins? How are God and Jesus Christ the same person? What happened to the church Christ set up? Most importantly though, how can I truly be happy?? Don't get me wrong I was always pretty happy, but my happiness wasn't really lasting at all. I always looked for the next thing to make me happy, like the latest movie, or the next time my friends and I would hang out at walmart (remember, I'm from Nebraska....you have to make your own fun) or the next girlfriend. The list is endless. In all actuality, I was "happy" but it would always leave at the end of the day. It always left me wondering, what really is the purpose of life? Well, while I was in college, I had a Mormon professor. At this point, I really didn't know anything about Mormons. After asking some friends about it they said, "O, they're weird, stay away and they're a cult." However, deep down inside something stirred. I knew he wasn't weird. In fact, he was the kind of person that I wanted to be someday. I wanted to be truly happy like he was! A year later, I checked out Mormon.org (the very website you are on) and chatted with missionaries. It was a glorious day and I will never forget it. Tears still well in my eyes as I think about what it was like to have those questions finally answered!!! I decided to be baptized and become "a mormon." I even served a mission in Seattle Washington! Pretty cool huh? That's why I'm a mormon: because it answered my questions.

How I live my faith

That's something that has always stuck out to me. Mormons really live their faith. We try our hardest to follow the example of Jesus Christ in all that we do and say. Granted, we all mess up and do stupid things from time to time, but through repentance we can pick ourselves back up and try again. One day we can become the person that we have always wanted and knew we could become. This only possible because of Jesus Christ. As a missionary we are doing church stuff 24/7 and it's awesome! Honestly, there is something for everyone. From dinner at friend's house, to sport's night, to ward (another word for congregation) parties, to service projects. The list is endless and my favorite part about these activities is the fact that they are clean and wholesome. You don't have to worry about seeing or hearing things that you know you shouldn't . It's just amazing to me and I love every minute!!

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Lane
That's a great question! We (speaking as a full-time missionary) talk about first and foremost, Jesus Christ and how we can grow closer to him. We also invite people to learn about how God has restored, or brought back, much of the knowledge that was lost or forgotten since the time of Jesus Christ and his original Apostles. It's the greatest thing in the world to help people learn of these things. Our purpose as missionaries is to invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and his atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. Show more Show less