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Hi I'm Mike Gillespie

I'm a Texan, a premed student, an adventure seeker, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a premed college student in Utah, but a proud Texan. God bless Texas. Medicine is my passion. Math is not. I have 4 siblings and I think families are the coolest thing since sliced bread. I love trying new things. I'm a health and fitness nut and I like to read non-fiction books (exception: hunger games is pretty cool). I like to see life as a constant adventure. I love traveling, cool shoes, the ocean, pole vaulting, soccer, spicy food, rock climbing, water sports, fishing, old school movies (like the sandlot and little rascals), playing guitar, apples with peanut butter, hammocks, snowboarding, pranks, etc... There's not much in life I don't like besides olives, wasabi, and cold weather. Volunteer service is a big part of my life, especially with "Special Olympics". I served a two year mission for the church in London, England and it was the most amazing experience of my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon today because I've been converted to a point where my faith has become who I am. There are unique feelings that come from God as a way he speaks to us. I use words like light, comfort, peace, and love to describe them. This communication is one of the ways He guides us through life, and it is how I first developed faith in Christ. As my relationship with God grew, it became easier to discern what was from Him and what was not. Answers became easier to recognize and His guiding hand became more clear. I was led to study the Book of Mormon, and the feelings increased. I began to notice that along with feeling good, I was also changing into a better person. Every time I messed up, I somehow knew God would accept me back, dust me off, and give me another shot to change. I was led to participate and serve others in our church community, and the feelings increased. I was led to enter our temples, (special places of worship), and the feelings again increased. I was led to listen to and apply what our modern prophet taught, and the feelings increased. I was led to serve a two year full time mission to finally share what I had been led to believe and know my whole life. Every time I taught the message of Christ, including how He established the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints through the prophet Joseph Smith, God confirmed it's truth to me and those I taught. I'm a mormon because this is where God has led me to be.

How I live my faith

I'm in a student congregation at my University. I have a responsibility to minister to several other members of our congregation. This is called "home teaching" and is standard for all male members of our church (women do the same thing, it's just called visiting teaching). It's a way of looking out for one other and continually teaching and learning from each other. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is a gospel of change. I live my faith by changing everyday and believing that others can change. It is only possible through Jesus Christ, which is why I try everyday to bring people to Him, all the while knowing that I need the same. I live my faith by taking advantage of all the amazing things this life has to offer. I live my faith by spending time with family and friends. I live my faith by putting God first and trying to give him my best, rather than fitting Him in where I have free time. I live my faith by "lifting the hands which hang down". I live my faith by giving others the benefit of a doubt. I live my faith by sharing it. I live my faith by accepting my weaknesses and trusting God to work with me to change them.