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Hi I'm Gavin

I love music. I love my family. I'm serving a full-time mission for the Lord and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm 20 years old and I'm the oldest of 6 kids. My parents are great examples and I look up to them a lot. Growing up I played a lot of sports, but my favorite were soccer and wrestling. I'm a big sports fan, especially when it comes to college football, but what I really love is music. I went to college for one semester on a clarinet scholarship. Then I was called to serve a mission in North Carolina, where I get to share the gospel with everyone I meet. I've been out here for over a year now and I love every minute of it.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were members of this church when I was born, so I've had the opportunity to learn the gospel and to see the blessings that come from living it from a very young age. Even so, there came a time when I had to find out for myself whether or not this church is true. At the age of 14 I had the opportunity to be part of a youth musical production called "Savior of the World," where the birth of Christ is portrayed in the first half, and key events that took place after his death are portrayed in the second half. At the end of the final performance I felt the Spirit of the Lord so strongly that I could not deny the divinity of Jesus Christ. I knew at that point that He is our Savior and that He will come again in power and glory. A feeling of joy filled my whole body, leaving no doubt in my mind. Since then I've had several similar experiences where I've received witnesses to the reality of a living prophet, the Book of Mormon and much more. I know that the doctrines that are taught in the LDS church are the true doctrines of Christ. They are the way to happiness and eternal life.

How I live my faith

Right now I'm giving 2 years of my life to share the gospel with the people in North Carolina. It's really a great opportunity for me to be able to share the convictions of my heart on a regular basis. My assignment is full time. Right now I don't watch TV, listen to the radio or read the newspaper. I've put those distractions aside at this time so that I can really concentrate on helping people come unto Christ. It's rewarding to see others gain a testimony of the truths I treasure. I get to do a lot of scripture study, which helps me to keep an eternal perspective through all the demands of my work. I saved up a lot of money so that I could pay most of my own way for these 2 years. It's definitely worth every penny. My family is a big support to me while I'm out here. They help me to keep going and to maintain a picture of all the blessings that people can have if they accept the message I'm sharing.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

The grace of God is sufficient to save all. One day everyone will be resurrected; our bodies and spirits will be reunited in perfect form, just as Christ's were. This enables us to stand before the judgment bar at the last day. We all sin, and God has proclaimed that no unclean thing can enter into His kingdom. But that is why Christ suffered for our sins; so that we can be provided with grace and mercy to be forgiven of those sins. To obtain this gift we need to have faith in Christ, repent of our sins, be baptized and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Then as we strive to be Christlike and repent of the mistakes we make, we are sanctified through the sacrifice of Christ and His grace provides us with eternal life. Show more Show less