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Hi I'm Ian Vicino

I grew up in Encino, California. I enjoy hanging with friends and playing guitar and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Encino, California. I am currently an undergraduate in college. I enjoy various forms of activity,such as playing video games, hanging with friends, playing guitar and riding my bike. I love trying new things, new foods, sports, etc. I want to learn how to snowboard and surf, but have not had the opportunity yet. Doing new things just makes life so much more interesting. If you met me in the street you would have no idea I had been in a coma earlier in my life. I was born with a genetic disorder called 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-CoA lyase deficiency. This deficiency eventually led to me falling into a coma. Before the coma, I was becoming less active in the church. I wasn't going to church and did not really consider myself a Latter-day saint. During the coma however I had a blessing given to me that said I would return to normal health, which was a big surprise since during my coma my heart had stopped and I was in-effect dead. This blessing, which was told to me by my mom after I was in rehabilitation, was what eventually led to my reactivation in the church and I thank God for that. Now I try and enjoy every day of my life. I look back and realize that the coma, which took away 8 months of my life, was actually a blessing because it led to my returning to church. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is such a blessing in my life. I enjoy going to church every Sunday and being a member. I wouldn't give it up for the world.

Why I am a Mormon

Why I'm a Mormon... well mainly it's because I feel the manifestation of the truth of the gospel through the Holy Ghost. I know it to be true through my experiences; these experiences being little miracles in my life such as answers to my prayers and answers to others prayers. I am a very logical person, you have to be if you are a science major, and being this way I cannot simply believe something because someone else told me to believe it, I must prove that it's true to myself and that is what I did. I proved it for myself. I experimented on the words of the scriptures, the words of my parents, and the words of the Prophet and prayed, I asked Heavenly Father questions. If prayer was really my way of speaking to God, then he would answer my questions like a father would answer the questions of his son, so I asked and surprisingly I received answers to the questions I asked. Since then, I have not stopped asking and every time, I am humbled to say, I have received an answers to my prayers. That is why I am Mormon, because I have experimented and proven for myself that the gospel of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is true.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being a good friend and continually seeking to improve myself, to become like Christ. I live my faith by doing what I know to be right and by not being afraid to stand up for what's right. I have many friends, some who are Mormon, some who are not. those of my friends that are not Mormon know that I am and help me stand for what I believe. They remind me if I am being less than I know I should be. How I live my faith at church is by helping pass the Sacrament. I am in charge of preparing and passing the Sacrament. This is my calling in my ward. On top of that I also have a responsibility to look out for other people in the ward by fulfilling my home teaching assignment. I am not really a good teacher, although I hope the Holy Ghost is felt when I teach, but this assignment is not really a teaching assignment. Its mostly just so that I can help those I teach. If they need a blessing or I they need something moved, they can call on me to help them. So that's how I try to live what I believe to be true. I try to be the best I can and love those around me.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Ian Vicino
You can learn that Mormonism, or rather the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ, are true by testing the gospel principles for yourself and asking Heavenly Father if what you are taught by the missionaries or by your Mormon friends is indeed true. He will answer you. If you have never received an answer from God before than you might find it hard to believe that He will indeed answer you, but you do not have to believe me, just try it out for yourself. Try and ask Him if He is really there, or if He can teach you how to listen to His answers and to the Holy Ghost. After you do this, listen for an answer. Not with your ears but with your heart and your mind. Sometimes answers come as thoughts in our heads or as a peaceful warm feeling in our hearts, this is the Holy Ghost talking. Sometimes they come from others around us. Listen for His answer and after you know that He can answer your questions, ask Him if what is taught in the Church of Latter-day Saints is true. You might also choose to ask if a specific principle is true instead, such as the Word of Wisdom. I know He will answer you. He has answered my prayers and continues to do so everyday. The only way to know the truth about anything dealing with God and his gospel is by asking Him if it is true and the Holy Ghost will manifest the truth of it unto you. Show more Show less