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Hi I'm Luke

I'm a scholar. I'm a nerd. I'm a half-Canadian. I'm a high-schooler. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've lived a pretty crazy life. I was born in a small town in Utah, then lived in Canada for about 4 years. When I was 4, my mom died of cancer, an event that would impact me greatly in my later life. I moved to Mesa, Arizona to be with my dad and step-mom, and have lived there ever since. I have one older sister, whom I love more than anyone in the world, and 3 younger siblings: two sister and a brother. I am very focused on knowledge and learning, and consider myself a scholar of sorts, having studied many deep topics and read profound novels. Still, I do have a lot of fun, spending time with friends, playing video games (though not too much), and playing Magic: The Gathering. I am also a writer, who has wrote a couple of short stories and a few poems, but nothing substantial yet. In total, I tend to be a very unique person, which is okay so long as I don't weird anyone out.

Why I am a Mormon

To me, the Church and Christ have been with me throughout my entire lives. Yet, I have studied numerous other religions extensively, and many other forms of philosophy. However, though I can see glimpses of the truth and pieces of knowledge from other religions, none have quite the light of Christ and the sheer knowledge that the Mormon church does. When I study the gospel, I feel the truth, in my mind and my heart. Also, even other knowledge I have studied has given me a greater understanding of the savior. Whether its by C.S. Lewis or Charles Darwin, simply the knowledge that it provides helps me feel the spirit and come to know Christ better. The entire universe and all information therein provides a testament to Jesus Christ, a testament that truly strengthens my testimony everday. I don't simply believe that the Church is true. I know it is. My testimony is absolute, and no fact or disputation can change that. The more I learn and the more I practice what I learn, the more the gosepl becomes true to me. There is nothing else in the world like that. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is unique in that way, and that quality is why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Its not easy living in a modern society with beliefs like mine. A lot of iniquity is all around us, in school, and even with other youth in the Church who don't have a good testimony. However, I do my best to try and help others and myself in everday life as I live the gospel. In school, I will take every opportunity to tell somebody about the gospel, because it brings me such joy I want to spread it to someone else. I will also help, and accept help, from my friends when we face a temptation. When we work together, we are strengthened by the Spirit, and it helps us continue on our way. Religious tolerance is also a facet of my religion that can be hard to follow. Many times, it is easy to dimiss other people's belief when you know that you have the one true light, but that is not what Christ would want. I find it important to remain respectful of others, especially since doing otherwise can cast a bad light upon the Chruch. However, the most key point of living the gospel is just following what you know to be true. It becomes a lot easier to be honest or to stand up for someone when they are being insulted when you know that it will bless your life, and bring you closer to Him.

What is the priesthood?

Luke
The priesthood is the responsibility to act in God's name. If this is followed, correctly, certain authority can be granted with it. Healing the sick, providing leadership, and performing duties that connect this life and the next are things that can go with the priesthood. However, doing such things require a lifestyle that is in harmony with the Gospel. This authority can only be granted by someone who has the authority, and cannot be claimed arbitrarily. Show more Show less