Hi I'm John
I love backpacking, good food, and good music. I'm a Mormon.
I love the outdoors, maybe because I'm not the biggest fan of crowds. I love the amazing world Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have blessed us with. Not being able to go hiking and camping was the biggest deprivation I struggled with on my mission. I also love eating healthy, because when I eat healthy, I feel healthy. But that doesn't mean I don't have a sweet tooth sometimes.
Why I am a Mormon
I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because I know by the Holy Ghost that Jesus is my Savior. I was raised in the Church, and I thought it was interesting when I talked to people on my mission who said that because I hadn't ever investigated any other church, I couldn't know the Mormon Church is the only true church. I always thought that was interesting. Isn't just about everyone raised knowing that cigarettes are harmful or that George Washington was the first president? Being taught something as a child doesn't immediately make it not true, and having been taught something since I was born doesn't mean I haven't asked questions and prayed for my own testimony. First, I know God lives because I've seen the evidence all around me all my life and because I know He answers prayers, second, I know Jesus Christ is my Redeemer because I've felt the Spirit as I've pondered about His Atonement and read from the scriptures, and lastly I know the Book of Mormon is true because I've read it, prayed for the Spirit, and felt the Spirit teach me. Some of the things that have reinforced my testimony the most have been experiences with other faiths. With all due respect to the good things that come from good people from all faiths everywhere, I've yet to talk to someone about what they believe without being more thankful for my knowledge of Heavenly Father's plan, the plan He has because He loves us.
How I live my faith
I've learned that some of the most important things in life are also some of the most basic, like going to church every week and reading the Book of Mormon and praying daily. I am committed to doing those things, and I notice the blessings. I feel I've also learned to take my baptismal covenant more seriously. (My baptismal covenant is the promise I made to Heavenly Father when I was baptized, and each week when I have the bread and water of the sacrament, to take the name of Jesus Christ upon myself - think, say, and do what He would think, say, and do.) I've learned it makes me happier to be kinder, not get angry as easily, not procrastinate as much, and be willing to help more often. In short, the more faithfully I follow Christ, the happier I am.