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Hi I'm David Holdaway

I'm a musician and a fantasy nut. I'm kinda crazy, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

So, the story of my life is relatively complicated and jumbled. I'll give you the short version. My Dad was born in California, grew up in Hawaii, and graduated from High School in Utah. My Mom is from Panama and joined the church as an adult. I'm the first and only child from my parents. Unfortunately, things didn't work out with my Mom and Dad, and they eventually separated when I was 6. Through a long series of events I ended up living with my Dad. At this point we had been inactive in the church for several years, but some members of our congregation came to visit us and helped my Dad to regain his testimony. I started going back to church when I was 7. I was baptized when I was 9. When I was around 12, my Dad met my Step-Mom. Within a year they were married. She's from Colombia, and she's awesome. She's been a wonderful example to me and helped me become who I am today. As for school, I was in the International Baccalaureate program in high school. My favorite thing was band, though. Marching band first semester, symphonic second. I play the french horn, jazz trumpet, and I dabble in piano. I love fantasy and adventure anything. Give me a book about magic and dragons and I'll consume it in no time. My testimony in Christ is also a very close and important part of who I am today and why I do the things I do. Everything I do is to become the kind of person God knows I can be.

Why I am a Mormon

Like I said, I was baptized when I was 9. Normally when you grow up in the church, you get baptized when you're 8, but because my Dad and I had just come back, they kinda overlooked me. So, I got to be taught by the missionaries, and then my Dad baptized me. Like all members of our church, though, convert or born and raised, I needed to gain my own testimony if this is God's church. I was 14 when that happened. I had just started studying in, seminary, our church's youth scripture study class. We were studying the Book of Mormon that first year, and as I read it, I came to the realization that I wasn't 100% sure if it was really true. I had always BELIEVED it was true, but I never really KNEW. Finally, I got to the last chapter over the course of the year, and I read a scripture known in the church as "Moroni's Promise." The last prophet to write in the Book of Mormon, as he writes his parting words, gives us a promise as to how we can know if the book is true. He simply states: "4 And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. 5 And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things." I read that and felt the need to know, so I got down on my knees and prayed about the Book of Mormon. I sincerely asked my Heavenly Father if the book was true. I wanted to know, and I had faith thta God would answer my prayer. He did. I felt the Spirit confirm to my heart and soul that this is the truth. I've felt that same sweet spirit over and over again since then reassuring me that this is right, that this is good, and now I'm serving a mission just like those two who taught me before my baptism, so I can help other to find the truth as well. It's a wonderful thing, and that's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Right now, I'm a missionary, so I go around full-time sharing the Book of Mormon and our message of Christ and his gospel with others trying to help them feel that same confirmation I felt before about this message. I also work with other missionaries and the members of the ward I'm in to perform service in the community. All in all, I try to follow the words of Christ to the Lord my God with all my heart, and with all my soul, and with all my mind, and to love my neighbor as myself. That charity, the pure love of Christ, is something I strive to incorporate in my life day to day. It's a process of a life time, but as it says one of the songs the kids sing at church, "I'm trying to be like Jesus."

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

David Holdaway
So, a testimony is a spiritual confirmation through the Holy Ghost of something that is true. An example can be found in my story about why I'm a member. I have a testimony that God answers prayers because I have received an answer to a prayer of mine, and not just once, but over and over again. I have felt the Spirit give me guidance and direction throughout my life in all the things I have asked my Heavenly Father. Likewise, I have a testimony that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is God's true church, restored to the earth through the prophet Joseph Smith because I have felt the Holy Spirit witness it to me time and time again. I have a testimony of the scriptures, that being the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and all other modern revelation we receive through the living prophet and apostles. I have felt the Spirit as I have read them and listened to them. I know they speak truth, and as I have applied it in my own life, I have tasted of the fruit of it and know that it is good. That, in short, is what a testimony is and what my testimony is as well. Show more Show less