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Hi I'm Lad

I live in a VW Bus, ride dirtbikes, and I can still be a Mormon.

About Me

I live in a constant state of awe and amazement. Loving to be outside; much of my life is centered on family and the outdoors. I graduated in 2009 from high school and worked for a year before heading out on a mission to Carlsbad California. My family currently lives on 3 acres of land where I work on vintage cars, ride dirt bikes, shoot stuff, dig ridiculously large holes, play guitar, feed goats, and mentally prepare turkeys for Thanksgiving. I like to take an item or activity and use it till it wears out. Living my life from one intense hobby to the next, I am still trying to find moderation in all things.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have received an answer from God that the Book of Mormon is true. I grew up in a family that was not active in church. My life was based primarily upon a fun-meter. I prioritized my life upon the fun-meter, which often caused me heartache and strife. I didn't have any idea about who God was or what he was, but I always figured there must be something bigger than me. I had heard of Jesus before, but didn't think going to church was necessary. I was about 15 years old when the LDS missionaries came to our door. I can't tell you much of what the missionaries taught me and my family, but I remember how I felt each time the missionaries visited and each time I did what they invited us to do. As I read the Book of Mormon and prayed like the missionaries taught, I always felt good, happy, and peaceful. The missionaries were able to answer my questions about who God is, where I am from, why I am here on earth, and where I am going afterwards. Finally my life began to have some purpose. I decided to join the church at that time, but not necessarily because I knew it was true. I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints because it made me feel good, gave me purpose, and the rest of my siblings were doing it. Maybe not all the right reasons, but I guess God knew what he was doing. As I reflect back on my experience of joining the Church I can see all the good that has flowed from it. I see now that the Spirit of the Lord was guiding me the whole time and that all the goodness and joy I was experiencing with the Gospel was the evidence, of the truthfulness, of this Gospel. I am eternally grateful to my Heavenly Father for guiding me to the truth. I know that it can be found by anybody, but we must first have the Faith, Desire and a Sincerity to act.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by helping others find theirs. For a while I have been concerned that some of the activities I enjoy would distract me from the greater purpose of sharing the gospel. I am starting to learn that the activities and hobbies we enjoy are the very avenue through which we can share the gospel. You have to show people you care, before they will care what you have to show them. What better way to show someone you care than to spend time with them. What better way is there to spend time with someone than on a dirt bike for 6 hours, or 12,580 feet above sea level on a mountain, or 80 feet below sea level skin-diving, or with a paintball smack in the ear! The world is divers, and life is for living. So many people in the world sell themselves short on what kind of fun they can have. Many don't understand that we are sons and daughters of God and that this life has a purpose and direction. If you didn't know the purpose of something, then it only makes sense you would sell out early and probably not make the best of choices. I love to help others see the fun that is to be had, by leading them out to fun they have never had. Teaching others about the Gospel is no hard task if you are living the Gospel. By simply having a smile on my face and always being ready and worthy to answer questions, I am able to help others find the same happiness in their lives that I have found in mine.

Are Mormons Christians?

Well, what is a christian? Most people have differing opinions on the definition of a christian, so in order to answere that question I will give you my definition: Everyone that believes in AND lives the Gospel of Jesus Christ can be called a christian. Since Christ is the very center of our faith, it only stands to reason that we could be called christians. Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, is all about following the Gospel of that same Jesus Christ you read about in the Bible and The Book of Mormon. So yes...Mormons are christians. Show more Show less