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Hi I'm Michael

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in Mississippi. I am studying to become a dietitian.

About Me

My name is Michael. I am a young adult going to college and trying to make a happy life for me and my family. I am studying to be a dietitian. I love science and learning how the world works. It amazes me all the marvelous things that God has created. I often think how lucky I am to live in this time and age when information is so available to everyone. I have spent most of my life in the southeastern United States. I love to go out into nature and view wildlife ever since I was very young. I remember going bird watching with my father in my early teens and enjoying such simple activities with my family as a whole. I feel that my family is the biggest blessing I have been given in this life and the opportunity to spend time with them is my most precious treasure.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born being taught that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was the true church from a very young age. I have always loved participating in the church's meetings and the activities we did as a result of the religion. Over the years though it seemed harder to believe something I had never fully experienced for myself. Sure I had always been more or less a member of the Church but I had never before challenged my beliefs to see if they were any thing more than my parents silly traditions. One day I was challenged by one of my Sunday school teachers to read the Book of Mormon and pray to God to know if it was true. I found it interesting that my teacher would say such a thing even though every one participating in the class was already a member of the church. It wasn't until that night when I took the time to read the Book of Mormon and then knelt down and prayed aloud that I understood why my teacher had issued the class this challenge. When I asked God specifically to make it known to me that the Book of Mormon and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints were true I felt an amazing peace and a warmth pass through me. I felt as though pure happiness had entered my soul and I had a greater desire to read the Book of Mormon and to participate in the church. God had shown me through my heart that they were true. It was not until that moment, that I felt the need to follow God's commandments and do my best to seek His counsel in my every day life. It was that night that I learned that we must seek inspiration from God to know the truth and we must always challenge ourselves to seek for the truth. I know with all my heart that the happiness I feel when I live the teachings of Christ and his prophets is real and that I have been able to receive support in my journey to come closer to Christ through The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

How I live my faith

I do my best to make my faith my lifestyle. Every night before I go to bed I try to think of something I can do the next day that Christ would have me do better. I also do my best to remember that although I am far from perfect I should not let that stop me from trying to be as perfect at living Christ teachings as I can be. I am a Sunday school teacher in the church right now. I love reading the Bible and the Book of Mormon and teaching the word of God to the young adults of the church I attend. I often go out and visit other members of the church to see how they are and if there is anything I can do for them. I find my life seems a lot happier when I can do even the smallest thing to make others happy around me. I feel that living my faith takes hard work and constant care but that trying to set goals for myself to live as Christ would have me live is well worth the time and effort. I find nothing more rewarding than living a life I feel brings me closer to Christ.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Michael
It was necessary for Christ to sacrifice His life so that we could be forgiven of our sins and also so that we could live again. His sacrifice was one of selflessness meet with great pain and anguish. I feel that such a brutal display that took Christ life should open our eyes to see how much He loves us and that being good is not always easy but it is always worth the effort it takes to accomplish. Christ being perfect gave His life for us and by so doing made it possible to take our sins upon himself. Meaning that if we ask for forgiveness from God and those we have offended Christ can take that sin or mistake upon himself relieving us of the burden to carry it ourselves. Christ truly brings peace to my life because I know what ever problem I have He is there for me and will help me when I ask for His help. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Michael
We believe that Jesus Christ is the literal son of God and our savior. That He suffered and died for our sins making it possible that we can be made clean and whole even after making mistakes that we feel are beyond repair. He is our older brother because we are all part of God's family and He loves us more than we can imagine. Show more Show less