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Hi I'm Addison

I'm a runner, I'm a singer, I'm a Missionary, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently a Missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and will be serving in the Ogden Utah Spanish Speaking Mission from June 2012-June 2014. I recently finished my freshmen year of college while I was living with my grandparents and studying to be a high school Counselor. In High School I was a four year Varsity Cross Country and Track runner. I ran specifically the 300 Hurdles, and whatever distance event my coach decided to put me in for Track. I was also a four year choir student in both of our high schools audition only choirs. I was in the National Honors Society, Knowledge Bowl, and Key Club as well. My first year in college I was in the Institute's audition only choir, and the Univerity's as well and i'm currently majoring in Psychology/Social Studies Education. I'm the oldest of 5 children in my family with one brother and three sisters, and we're all pretty close to each other. My mom and dad were both born into the church as well as my grandma's, but my grandpa's were both converts to the church. I love to sing, I love to run, I love to spend time with my friends, and I love serving the Lord as one of His missionaries. There's no place I'd rather be right now and for the rest of these two years.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church, as were both of my parents, and I when I was younger I didn't really want to be a Mormon. It wasn't until the sixth grade that I started to develop a strong testimony of the gospel. In the April 2004 Conference, my parents made me and my sibilings listen to the prophet, as they always did, but for some reason I decided to truely listen. President Hinckley's talk seemed to be aimed straight at me, and I felt the spirit truely for the first time since I was baptized. I realized then that my Father in Heaven loves me, and he wants me to return to him when I pass on. From that moment on, I changed my life gradually and worked on becoming the person He wanted me to be. I started reading the scriptures daily, saying my morning and evening prayers, writing in my journal, and living the gospel. I'm not perfect, but I have the desire to be. I have a testimony of Christ, I know that he is the Redeemer of the World and if it weren't for Him, none of us could return to live with our loving Heavenly Father. I know the Book of Mormon is the word of God to us, and is not a replacement of the Bible. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, and that Thomas S. Monson is the prophet on the earth today, and that he leads and guides us through the troubled world according to the will of our Father in Heaven, and I know that I can live for Eternity with my family and my Father in Heaven if I continue to follow the example of Chirst and keep His commandments.

How I live my faith

I was the Assistant Ward Mission Leader in my Young Single Adult ward, and as such I helped work with the missionaries, and the new or less active members of the church, and I often had the oppurtunity to teach one of the Sunday School classes. But as I said earlier I am currently serving a mission in Ogden Utah and I have the opportunity everyday to go out and share the message of the restored Gospel to people in parts of Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Addison
I was not forced to go on a Mission, and I will not force my children to serve a mission either. We consider serving a mission as dedicating two years of our lives to the service of God, and we actually pay our own way to serve this mission, some with the help of our parents, family and friends, and some completely on their own. Show more Show less

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

Addison
I love the New Testament. Reading about Christ's earthly ministry and learning as much as I can about all that He did and the miracles He worked in His life is such an uplifting experience and helps me grow closer to Him. The Book of Mormon is "Another Testament of Jesus Christ" and serves as the Second Witness of Christ's ministry. Often the rumor of not believing in the Bible comes from our church's Article of Faith 1:8 "We believe the Bible to be the word of God, as far as it is translated correctly..." The Bible has been translated multiple times over from Hebrew to Latin to English and many others in between and after. It has also been translated multiple times in the same language with many discrepancies. So that is where the "As far as it is translated correctly" comes in. But not only do we use the Bible but it was a scripture from the Bible that pushed Joseph Smith to ask of God which church was the true church on the earth at that time. (James 1:5) We do love the Bible and the Book of Mormon is honestly the greatest evidence there is that the prophesies and the stories of the Bible are true. Without both books side by side, and "one in thine hand" (Ezekial 37:15-17) the restored Gospel would not be on the Earth today. Show more Show less