Hi I'm David Israel Linton
I was baptized when I was eight and I love this Church and its teachings, I have loved them, I do love them, and will continue to love them, forever and ever. It's fascinating how true that last statement really is- forever and ever. I graduated high school in 2013, and am writing a book. I plan to be an influence among many with my writings- both to members and non-members- and will be glad to keep shining, in my own way, as a beacon on a hill, like all of us as human beings, as children of God, are able to be and do in our own ways, in our own lives, no matter where we are in life. Who I am is largely influenced by the protective hand of God. I truly know this. My faith is everything to me... I love my God. Both of my family patriarchs were pioneers- Samuel Linton from Irish roots and Daniel Garn from German roots. They were both born in the United States of America in the 1800's, and chose to follow the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I do as well. The same Church- two hundred years later. Some of my interests include collecting rocks and sea shells, skiing, playing instruments- electric guitar, Irish whistles, classical and steel string guitars, violin, and mandolin. I play by ear, so I love to mess around and create music and play songs. I am religiously active, and love my Church. This is who I am- a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and I love it.
Why I am a Mormon
I am glad to be a Mormon- a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I believe in the truthfulness and the goodness of its doctrine. Being a son or daughter of God means so much more than to have been brought into existence. The church strives and has strived to be an example to the world, and I am thankful to be a part of that movement. I am trying to live the gospel because I know that if I do, the Lord will bless me with good fortune, while I experience hardships on the path of life. It won't be easy, but I know that it can make me stronger. I choose to do this. This is what I know is right. I am also a Mormon because I know that Christ is the Son of God, the advocate with the Father, and the Prince of Peace. I know that Jesus Christ has risen, and that He has made it possible for everyone to be reunited with their families. I know through personal revelation that the Book of Mormon is true, and that Prophets of God wrote on gold plates- even to make way for a testament to the tribes of Israel that God lives, and loves all his children, and that He shows that by instructing those Prophets in the past to write what they had writ, to be revealed later, as the Book of Mormon. For God loves everyone, and we who have got a Bible, because of the Jews, have also got the Book of Mormon, and it was because of the Nephites. God leaves no stone unturned, no child of God is ever overlooked or not loved by Him, no matter how deep in the depths of guilt or shame or hopelessness we might feel we are suppressed by- there is always hope- even for those who don't quite see the light yet- He is omnipotent, wise, good, virtuous, valiant and glorious, and He cares for, guides, leads, helps, loves and knows me for who I am- a son of God, and the exact same can be said for you- whomever you may be. God loves us all. I feel his guidance literally- God lets me know when I've done right, and when I've done wrong. And even when I do wrong- He is the first to lift me up.
Which of the Savior’s teachings have influenced you in your life?
The Savior's teachings of love have helped me greatly - to sympathize with people and to treat people with kindness. Everyone has a story to tell, everyone experiences life's ups and downs. It helps me to know that for all of the things going on out there in the world, I can do my bit by helping someone. Love is something too powerful to be put into words, it's an amazing thing.
How can your talents and gifts bless others?
People all have talents and gifts. My talents and gifts can bless others by being an example. When you reach out to one person or another, not only would that person take note of whatever you've done, but I'll bet at least one other person would observe as well. It could be anything from giving a compliment to letting an elderly person have the priority of a comfort, other people will notice your example, if not firsthand, then second, or third. It always helps to be an example.
Please share your feelings/testimony of the Restoration of the Gospel.
I believe that the Restoration of the Gospel is a major blessing to the world. And that, is an understatement. I am glad that the gospel is restored to its previous glory. With powers such as the priesthood back in place, we can have wonderful miracles which the power of the priesthood is able to bestow. We have the fulness of, and can know the truth about the gospel. I know that other faiths say exactly the same thing, but I don't think they experience the same wonderful blessings or revelation that only the Mormon Church does. The Restoration of the Gospel has helped many people, and has inspired our Prophets in helping as many others as we can, and so that they can give advice about things during our international church meetings, or General Conference, as it's called. These conferences were broadcasted in ninety four languages around the world last year in 2013. The Restoration of the Gospel is true, and it's power and blessings are to be shared among all. And the Mormon church and its members want it to be shared. That is why we have missionaries spreading the word of the Mormon church all over the globe. The Gospel is true, and its wonder is astounding. The Restoration of the Gospel is a wonderful thing.
How I live my faith
I am a Mormon. What that means is that I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This means that I try my best (because I am not perfect) to follow the teachings of Christ, Heavenly Father, and am trying to listen always for the promptings of the Holy Ghost. I try to surround myself with good music, movies, and other media. By doing this, I come closer to Christ. How? Because if Christ were to come to my house to be with me, and participate in what I was doing, I would want him to not leave my side. A snippet of one of the Articles of Faith- thirteen articles which explain what we believe in- "If there be anything virtuous, lovely, of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things." I also live my faith by praying to my Heavenly Father. What this means is that in any situation, I can ask Him for answers to questions that I have, help that I need, thank Him for things, ask to find things that are missing, et. cetera. He cares about everyone's most unimportant things in life as well as the most important. I also participate in Hometeaching- where pairs of men go and visit with families of the church, and make small talk, share a religious message and bear our testimonies at times as we are prompted by the Holy Spirit. Something that is very interesting about the LDS Church is that we don't just practice our religion on our Holy Day- Sunday- we believe that we can be the best we can be- that we can truly live our faith every day by following our religion. As I live my religion my whole life, blessings come to me- helping me in my daily life, as well as helping me greatly enough to influence even my eternal self. I live my faith by going to church, fasting, praying, loving others like unto myself, participating in General Conference (which is meant for everyone who wants to listen to the men and women who are asked to speak), and being the best I can be, and following the teachings of Christ and by living daily all ten commandments.