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Hi I'm Michael Trent Nield

I grew up in Oregon, I'm serving a 2-year mission in Arizona, I love sports and being outdoors, and I'm proud to be a Mormon.

About Me

I come from a family of 7, a mom and a dad who both raised me right. I love doing anything outdoors, hiking camping, mountain biking, anything. I also love sports- i played football and ran track in high school in Oregon. I am currently serving a two year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and i am loving every minute of it. I know and i testify that Jesus is the Christ, that he lives and loves us and that He and our Father in Heaven want nothing but to help us and make us happy, we just have to be willing to accept that help and love.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of an experience I had when I was 17. It happened while I was on a camp out for our ward's Boy Scout Troop. I was the oldest boy there and planned on staying by myself in my own tent. My little brother came up the hill to where I was and asked- 'Michael, can I come stay in your tent?' Remembering a talk I had had earlier that week with my father about being kinder to my siblings, I said 'Sure bud, let me help you bring your stuff up.' About 15 minutes after I laid my head down I heard him ask 'are you still awake?' 'Yes,' I replied, 'go to bed.' About every 15 minutes it came again- 'Are you awake?' I continued to reassure him that yes, I was indeed still awake. At about 1 that morning he finally fell asleep, but I couldn't. I had been thinking about the other things my dad had taught me. Mostly about the things he taught me in young men's meetings at church. I kept thinking about serving a mission. I knew I was suppose to serve a mission, I knew it was expected of me. but I didn't want to go. As I lay there I tried to figure out why i didn't want to go, and the answer came- I didn't know the church was true. At lease i didn't think I did. As I knelt down that night, and for the first time truly prayed to God, asking him if the Book of Mormon was the his word, the feeling I got was clear and simple. 'You already know its true.' I am a Mormon because I received a witness from God and I know it and will not ever be able to deny what I felt that night.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being in communication with my Heavenly Father through prayer multiple times throughout each day. I also make sure i am reading my scriptures, particularly the Book of Mormon, every day. I love the quote that says- "If you want to talk to God, get on your knee's and pray. If you want God to talk to you, open your scriptures and read." Something else that I didn't fully appreciate before my mission is the sacrament and the opportunity i have to go and take part in that sacred ordinance each Sunday. I know as i do that i am renewing the promise i made with God at my baptism to take Christ's name on myself (to act as we would act), to always remember him (have gratitude for his Atonement and use it), and keep the commandments throughout my life. As i do those three things, pray, read and take the sacrament, i am more worthy to have the companionship of the Holy Ghost in my life, who keeps my safe, both physically and spiritually.

What is being a Mormon like?

Michael Trent Nield
Being a Mormon is so rewarding. A lot of the world views Mormons and our 'rules' as restrictions. We dress funny, we don't have 'fun' in a lot of peoples opinion, we even spend three hours in church on Sunday! Who does that? We as Mormons do all those things because we know that God has asked us to, and we know that whenever God asks us to do something, even if we don't always understand why He's asking us to, He will always bless us for our obedience. As we do the things that distinguish us as 'Mormons' we are obeying Gods commandments. These are the things that make us happy, and enable us to find joy in this life and throughout eternity. Family is also a huge part of Gods plan for us. We know that through the scripture and modern day prophets. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has a huge focus on families for that exact reason. God put us here on earth in families to love and support each other. As we obey the commandments and love and respect our family members, what's there not to be happy about? Show more Show less