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Hi I'm Michael Bongioanni

I'm a Mormon. I'm a child at heart. I love to dance, sing, beatbox, and live.

About Me

I have been called to serve in Sapporo, Japan. I love the Japanese people and am so glad that I get to serve tehm. I'm a ballroom dancer. I am 6 feet tall and an average male. I am not quite sure what average entitles though......;) I am just a normal young man, with a mind blowing past, and an inspiring future. I hope some day to help others feel inspired with the type of joy i have felt in my life. I want to change lives but because of myself but through Christ. So that they know that they don't need to be sad or feel as if they have to dwell in darkness in their lives. On a lighter note from that, I have mastered the art of the eye brow wave. I love to work out, beatbox, memorize scriptures, write poetry, and bring a smile to my face as well as others.

Why I am a Mormon

I had felt a points in my life as if I was meant to try in deep water. I have had so many trials in my life where I have fallen on my face time after time. Sometimes literally. I would cried "Oh Lord, how can You love someone so imperfect and proud? You still seek to wrap me in Your arms of love." I kept telling myself that I had no one, but the Lord was saying "I am someone. Come unto me and be happy." I hit rock bottom, and he pulled me out. I once got a note during seminary class on a day that i had experienced these emotions. It was from my seminary teacher. He had said that if I needed someone to talk to that he would be there for me. He also referenced on the note the scripture D&C 121:7-9.....tears streamed at these verses. Just as Joseph Smith had found peace in the scripture James 1:5, I had found it in this one. The Lord had spoken right to me with it. He was saying that "I can take away your pains for I have felt them, and can get you through them.". I know that the Savior loves every single one of us. This is THE TRUE CHURCH!! The plan of happiness is like a light bulb blazing inside your head when you ponder it's message. Joseph Smith was the true prophet who restored the church by the power of Heavenly Father. He has done so much for the men upon this earth that he himself had never expected. He truly translated the Book of Mormon, it is most definitely another testament of Jesus Christ. A man can come closer to Christ by studying its message.

How I live my faith

I go to church every Sunday, usually by myself. I go not out of obligation, but because of the peace it brings me. I don't think of it as a curse, rather I view it as a blessing of learning how to trust in the Lord at the points when I have nothing to lose, but so much to gain. I'll try hard not to make it sound self-centered when I say this. But reading and memorizing scriptures is my thing! I would encourage all who read this to make their own challenge to memorize them. I have found the purest joy and great power to withstand temptation as I memorize scriptures. The Book of Mormon is most likely the best place to start from my opinion. It will expand your wisdom and spiritual banks beyond comprehension. If you want the ability to call upon heavenly help when joy is low, or adversity is high, memorize a scripture, apply it, and call upon it. My young men's leader once said a quote from his mission was, "You pray to speak to God, you read your scriptures to have Him speak to you." If you want to know how to better expand your mind and testimony than try this one trick.....memorizing a Book of Mormon Scripture Mastery a day for an entire month. I did it and let me tell you....It's exhilarating! Well, just take my word for it.;) I know the power that comes from this book. And I hope that you will find it as well. Like Richard G. Scott put it "To memorize a scripture is to forge a new friendship." My favorite scriptures: D&C 121:7-9, Psalms 56:4, Proverbs 16:32, and 3 Nephi 22.