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Hi I'm Michael

I'm a writer, a drawer, a helping hand, a bringer of cheer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I really find I have a hard time describing me, I'm not you're everyday person. I enjoy so much of life it's hard to know where to start. Difficulty and hardship are common to me. I see my savior's love everyday for myself and others. I enjoy creating new things and doing it with others. I have many talents, Indeed, I am a Jack of all trades and a master of none. I like cooking occasionally, If I can bake it, Great! if it looks too difficult I can't promise it will taste good. I'm working on being more active as I see it's a good thing to do. I also am getting ready for the next stage in my life as I am finishing serving a mission. and preparing to going to BYU-I. In short I would like to consider myself a hard worker and willing to work something to the end, though hard it may be. I feel a sense of helping others around me and even sacrificing a little regardless who i'm helping. One could say have you ever regretted being as kind as you like to be? I like to quote something I heard once "I've wept in the night. For the shortness of sight. That to somebody's need made me blind; But I never have yet. Felt a tinge of regret. For being a little too kind." I truly feel being good and doing good is simply enjoyable. and to top it all off I like to have fun doing it all. if I'm helping other smile and be happy and laugh it really adds to all I regularly do. and the Gospel has only deepened the joy and happiness felt from doing what I regularly do.

Why I am a Mormon

Though I was born into the church, I still at some point had to make the choice to follow it, and it's teachings. the decision was very vivid in my mind as I thought about it and wondered "I could not do it anymore." "I don't have to believe this" as I thought on this a feeling entered me that I could never forget. "you know it's true!" a voice said. "You know it is the Gospel of Jesus Christ in it's fullest! why turn away?" it was at that point in my life I decided to move forward and be a part of this church. as I continued, I learned of the Saviors deep and abiding love for me and even for others. it's that same feeling that pushed me on my mission to keep going and keep trying no matter how hard things seemed to be. A quote I love and feel it describes every born in the church member is: "Every Man is backed up to the wall of faith, and there he must make his stand." (Ezra Taft Benson) In all of life's journeying with all the things that can occur and do occur, Never have I received more strength from anything else in this world in those times of need than the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. It is the restored gospel.

How I live my faith

This is such an enjoyable thing to talk about, I try to live my faith in every action I make. simple, Yet difficult. but really I want everyone around me to be Happy and in a good mood. I feel sad when I see others sad, because life is good in anyway you look at it you got to enjoy whats in front of you at the moment. otherwise it will be hard to appreciate the moments when it's not so bad. Helping others is one thing I feel allows me to live my faith, giving someone something that allows them to feel of worth is valuable to me. and them hopefully feeling to do the same is even better. most people seek riches to help themselves, or secure for them and family good living. I would love to have it because I could help so many people. I've been pondering over how to continue living the Gospel in my life. and it seems that those moments in which I ponder that, I find something I can do to increase living this Gospel. and now as a missionary that plays in so well with what I'm doing. Teaching and preaching allows others to feel Gods love in their life. and brings them to the savior. I try every day to do better than the day before, so that others see how much I love Jesus Christ and how much he loves them. I always look at others as what they can become, not who they currently are. looking for the good in others and to help them see it and help them build on it, is one way I've come to meet some of the best people I know. Everyone has value that no one else has.

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Michael
As we look at what is on the TV and other media, we see the suggestions of Pornography all around. it is hard to not see a commercial or Ad that shows some kind of suggestion of something being "sexy" or "hot." however that doesn't mean we are to accept it. Respect for Womanhood and Women is key to help end the influence of Pornography, more and more I see people getting into Pornography and then having it ruin their life because it has become a powerful addiction. many rationalize as with other harmful substances "it's not that bad", "I can be in control", and "just this once." let me add some words to see those thoughts in a new light "It's not that bad, but that doesn't make it good either " "I can be in control, of how miserable I am" and "just this once, and I'll be hooked" when we see Rationalization as only half the truth it helps us see reality. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Michael
A testimony is a declaration of the Soul received and given by the Holy Ghost through experience and knowledge. To put it in an analogy just as the neck and the abdomen are the core of our body, or where our strength really is. Our testimony with our conversion is the core of us, or what shows our true strength. And I witness to all who read this that Jesus Christ lives and loves every single one of us. the he as the Son of God who came to earth to live and Die for us. (the Atonement) and he did it with the deepest love that one cannot Imagine, he decided that "they (us) need me, they need to be here with our Father in Heaven. and I want and need to know exactly how each of them are going to feel in every single moment of their lives, so that I can help them when they need it most! because I love them." the heavens are open and we have a prophet today who speaks with God and can help us Avoid the pitfalls of the world. and we have a prophet today because Joseph Smith was called to be a prophet and by the power of of God He restored the Savior's Church on the Earth. this I know and share it in the holy Name of Jesus Christ, Amen. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Michael
We do not worship Joseph Smith. for god said "thou Shalt not have any idols before me" we are greatful and we commend Joseph Smith for restoring Gods Kindom again on the earth. without it we would have no knowledge of how much God loves his Children, and no knowledge of his glorious plan to bring us all back in his presence. we Give praises to god our king for revealing so many wonderful truths once lost. and we worship him because he is the one and only true god who gave us life and everything that we have. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Michael
Faith is the beginning of everything in the gospel. and we must have faith in Jesus Christ. me must know that he is, that he lived, and that he died to take our sins away. it is showing that we trust our father in heaven with everything that we have. Faith is the fuel of the gospel, and we must be anxiously engaged so that we are not Idel or wastful. otherwise our faith is nothing. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Michael
The Bible is a book in which we study the life of Jesus Christ directly and we can read it and know how much God loves his children. It gives us strength that we may need and can teach us about life and how we can show our love to God and his children here on the earth. How grateful I am for the bible for in it I learn God's true nature. The Bible also teaches me that god is the same yesterday, today, and forever. it shows that God speaks to us now as in times of old. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Michael
If the people in Christ's day needed apostles then. How much more do we in this day and age need men who can speak unto us the will of God and lead us to him? If you think that we replace Peter, James, John, or Paul you might think their teachings only applied to those people in those days. If God is the same yesterday today and forever, then it is imperative we have men today to carryout those duties and tasks the Apostles had in the days of Christ. Show more Show less

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Michael
Modesty is dedication to Chastity. Modesty shows respect for the commandment "thou shalt not commit adultery" and a respect for your body. Modesty shows that a person knows how God views his Children. "For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he" our thoughts lead into our actions, if we let immodesty and lust flood our mind, so will our actions be flooded by them. obviously the best way to teach is by example. and children are very observant and see what you do. Be the example of a modest and chaste life and then you can teach it! Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Michael
As a missionary it is easy to answer this, well as a missionary you pay for it, Literally. I draw no paycheck for this work, and I shouldn't. As a missionary you rely on the love you have for others, and the desire to serve the Lord plays a huge role in that. I go out to serve for 24 months, and pay money for it. I don't care to be remembered, or to be praised. I do the work that is given to me, And feel the lord wants me to do! And thats all that matters. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Michael
Faith, The belief in something you cannot see but is true. so many things today work on faith than most people realize. the coming week you expect to come and be exciting because you have made plans for that week. Faith is similar that we make plans (act) based on our faith, we read scriptures. we go to church. and pray because of this faith that we have. and work to understand how limitless God's Blessings to us are. We all practice faith. some in Christ, some in other things. many who go to College go having faith that they will get a job that pays well and is able to provide for them and family. they do not know of a surety but they exercise their faith enough to go and get a Degree. just like that College student Action will determine if the end result is the same as their faith and hope. Show more Show less