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Hi I'm Devon

I'm a returned missionary, a BYU-I student and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a friendly neighborhood in Kennewick, Washington. Here, I went to church, school, and scouts. (Yes, I am an Eagle Scout.) I enjoy spending time with my family. I have 2 older brothers, an older sister, a younger sister and two awesome parents. I like to draw, do voice impersonations, learn about animals (and dinosaurs!) , play computer games, and quote movies. In 2013, I returned home from my mission in Las Vegas, Nevada. Although I am a returned missionary, I am not a retired missionary. My time and attention is still centered on building Christ's kingdom here on earth. While attending BYU-Idaho, I learned about disciple scholars. Being a disciple scholar means that you are truth seeker in both spiritual and temporal matters. Such knowledge leads to action that is aimed at improving your community. By seeking to become a better disciple scholar, I create a Zion community wherever I go.

Why I am a Mormon

In Matthew, chapter 7, verse 20, Jesus Christ teaches "Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them." The Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints (or LDS church) has some pretty sweet fruits. Having been raised in this church, I've been able to taste many of these fruits for myself. Service projects, scouting, looking up ancestors, spending time as a family, etc... the list just keeps going! This is a feast to savor! I find that by living the standards of the gospel I am a happier person and my life is blessed.

How I live my faith

I chose to serve as a missionary. I feel that I have been blessed greatly in this church and I want to share these blessings with others. Because of the church, I have been raised in a loving family who has taught me to live by principals of righteousness. As a returned missionary, I continue to live my faith by serving those around me. I seek the Lord's guidance to know who to help and how to help them.

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

In 1 Corinthians 6:19 Paul states that "the body is the temple of the Holy Ghost". We can feel the Holy Ghost guide us when we are keeping the Commandments of God. We won't be able to feel this guidance if we are disobedient to God's commands. In the Book of Mormon, a Prophet named King Benjamin said that the Lord "dwelleth not in unholy temples." (Mosiah 2:37) To make our temple holy, we need to take care of it. We need to cleanse it spiritually through repentance. The Lord has also given us a law of health called the Word of Wisdom. This revelation given through Joseph Smith tells us how the Lord wants us to take care of our physical bodies. As we are obedient to this law, and as we repent of our sins, we will feel the guidance of the Holy Ghost more abundantly. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Jesus Christ is our Savior because he saves us from sin. Any choice we make that is against God's will is sin. He has shown us the way to happiness. If we choose not to follow that, than Satan will lead us to misery. Sin makes us unclean. If we are unclean, we will not be able to live in God's Kingdom. Jesus Christ is our Savior. He suffered for our sins in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross. This action, called the Atonement, gave us the chance to be cleansed of sin. (Isaiah 1:18). We do this through sincere repentance. We change any thoughts or actions that would make us unclean. We are to follow Christ's example and keep God's Commandments. As we do this, we will be cleansed from sin, freed from misery, and worthy to enter God's Kingdom. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Everything that the missionaries talk about is centered on Jesus Christ and His Atonement. The lessons that they teach talk about Christ's church, his plan for us, and what we can do to gain salvation. In these lessons, feel free to ask questions. The missionaries want you to understand what they're teaching because it will help you to come closer to Christ. Show more Show less