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Hi I'm david

I grew up in Arizona. I love everything outdoors and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a current college student going into my second semester studying Criminal Justice, i eventualy want to be in the F.B.I. I recieved a scholarship that pays for four semesters of tuition. By the middle of my second semester I will be turning in my papers to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I do not know whither or not my scholarship will be held for me untill I return but, to me that does not matter. I love every thing outdoors. I love to go hunting and fishing with my family. I use to have this big truck that i would drive in the mud after EVERY storm. I am proud to say that I am an Eagle Scout. I also love singing, I did Choir all through high school.

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I a Mormon? Well the simple answer would be to say that it is because I was born and raised in the church and accepted it in my own life, but that is leaving out all the good parts. Even though I had been raised in the Church I did reach a point in my life that i could no longer take everyone elses word for it. It was not enough for me to just accept that the only thing I have known in my life was true because my parents and leaders told me so. Of course I knew that I had felt something this whole time but i wanted to know for my self. So, I took the challange to read, ponder and pray about the Book of Mormon. Every night I read and everynight I prayed for an experience that witnessed to me that it was true. I promised myself that I wouldn't miss a day and I wouldn't give up. The further I got through the book the more dicouraged I got at the absence of a great "awe" moment. Finally I reach Moroni 10:5 and read the promise. I started to get upset, I had done what was asked in order to recieve that witness of truth. I wanted to know it was true. Again i turn to Heavenly Father and asked him why I had not recieve my moment. The next few seconds I experienced something better then a big "awe" moment. Peace came over me and a feeling almost as a vioce entered me very softly saying, " David you have always known it was true." From that moment on i have never questioned or doubted that the Book of Mormon is true and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the same true church Christ himself founded many years ago. I have since gained a deep love and Testimony of the Prphet Joseph Smith, he did see God the Father and the Son. He did directly translate the Book of Mormon by the power of God, and he did restore and reorganize the church Christ built during His time on earth. I know Christ LIVES! I have made mistakes in my life big and small but I KNOW because of the loving atonement of Christ i have been and will be forgiven through as I repent.

How I live my faith

About a year ago I participated in a cultrual celebration for the building and dedication of a new Temple. It was the most amazing experience of my life. I do not consider my self a very good or strong dancer nevertheless I was picked, a long with 5 others in my area, to learn the dances and musical numbers in advance and then to teach them to 200+ youth in the surounding area . Before our small group left to go learn the dances our learder prayed and asked Heavenly Father to bless us with open minds and quick learning. Dispite how bad a dancer I thought I was somehow the Lord found away for my mind and feet to work correctly. For the next several months we taught the youth the songs and dances. It wasnt hard to recognize the Lords hand in our efforts. We were able to teach clearly and those we taught picked it up quickly. We learned to love each other as we stuggled together. Our area, being close to the Mexican/American border was given the hispanic dances and songs. We spent one day a week for three months working on the dances as well as many saturdays. The excitment of finaly performing it and for the Prophet nonetheless was overwhelming. That night when 2000+ youth came together, all with their songs prepared to celebrate the culture of the area you could feel the presence of the Holy Ghost as Pesident Thomas S. Monson spoke and as we all performed with the energy of angels. When it was all said and done the emotions of the love we had grown for each other and the love we had gained for God's temples and for the Prophet over whelmed us all. Nearly every person on the football feild were in tears as we all pressed in to shake the Prophets hand. I soon realized not evey one will be able to, it was then that I learned I didn't need to shake his hand to know he was called of God. So I then turned my attention to helping others get through the crowd or lifting others up to see his face. I will never forget the lesons and feelings I had during this whole event.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

david
No, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints are not required to serve a mission. The Lord has instructed us to teach and share the gospel with others but, a mission is 100% volunteer and unpaid work. Many choose to serve a mission because they want to speard the knowledge that has brought so much happiness into their lives. i am currently serveing a mission for my God. It is a choice that I have thaught and prayed about for years and know that it is where the Lord and the world needs me to be. I am going because I decided to serve and devote my time to the work of God. Show more Show less