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Hi I'm Chandler

I'm 18 years old and I love sports! But I don't love it more than I love this church and its teachings... Find out why!

About Me

A little bit about me, I am 18 years old (almost 19) and I spent most of my childhood in Pennsylvania where I found it difficult to really show and tell others how much the gospel meant to me. Of course, I was young and was still developing my testimony, but everyone around me was not LDS. As I grow older though, I find it very easy to explain my beliefs to my friends and I do this now because I want my friends to experience the same joy that I have and that comes through being part of this church. I would not be where I am today without the Gospel of Jesus Christ and it's teachings. A year before high school I moved to Colorado from California and I had a unique opportunity. Our school was new and I made the decision to be apart of the first graduating class of the school I attended so I got to participate in various activities such as varsity basketball, student council, and choir to name a few. In all those activities, at one time or another, I have had to stand up for my beliefs. I went to college for a semester and decided to come home and earn money for my mission. I intend on coming home to attend Brigham Young University (BYU) in Fall 2014 and start my schooling to become a dentist.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I truly believe that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ restored this church through Joseph Smith. No, we don't worship Joseph, we simply acknowledge him as the Prophet of the Restoration. Now to restore (according to dictionary.com) is to bring back to a former, original, or normal condition. I, along with the church, believe that this is the same church that Christ had when he was on the Earth. Joseph Smith didn't create it, he just brought it back through God and Jesus Christ. Now, because I believe that Joseph Smith is the Prophet of the Restoration, I also believe that he translated and wasn't the author of the Book of Mormon. The Book or Mormon is similar to the Bible because it testifies of Jesus Christ and His teachings. The only difference is that the Book of Mormon occurred in the Ancient Americas. I also believe in "forever families". When I get married, I don't want "til death do us part". As a part of the church, we believe that we can be sealed for time and all eternity by those who have the authority to do so. And that authority comes through The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Through the church, I can live with my family forever.

How I live my faith

In high school, I played varsity basketball. Being on a varsity basketball team can be a rigorous and a time consuming thing. In the summer we would have tournaments, and those tournaments would usually end on Sundays and that's when the championship game was held. Being a Mormon, I CHOSE to not participate in any sports events on Sundays. I do that so I can focus on my Heavenly Father and the sacrifice that Jesus Christ did for me. If Christ can sacrifice bleeding through every pore, then I can sacrifice not playing basketball on Sundays. And it got tot the point where everyone knew that the Mormon kids on my high school team did not play on Sundays. People were impressed, but we were just choosing to do what we believe. I even had an AAU team come to me and said "Hey, we want you to play for our team." AAU basketball teams always travel to various places and usually play on the weekends. I said "Thanks for the invitation, but I won't play on Sundays." He tried to change my mind, saying it wasn't a "big deal", but to me, it really is. As I was walking away, he said "You know what, that's alright... Could you play for us on the days other than Sunday?" I said "Of course!" and so I played AAU basketball and it was one of the funnest experiences of my life. But to this day, I still will never do anything on Sunday that turns me away from my Heavenly Father.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Chandler
For me, I have always grown up in the church and I was taught that "You should go on a mission" not "You WILL go on a mission", and for me, I am choosing to serve. We aren't force to go on a mission and the church won't penalize us for not going. I am going on a mission because I simply want to help people. I want them to feel the same way I felt when I got baptized, amazing. I consider serving a mission as a privilege to me as well. Sure, I may be missing two years of college, but I know that serving a mission will also bring me closer to my Heavenly Father and increase my testimony of The Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Show more Show less