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Hi I'm Gavin

I play any sport. I love antique vehicles. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up with three sisters and no brothers in Alpine, Utah. I spent my summer days riding bikes and my ATV in the hills behind my house. I have always loved the outdoors. I learned to speak, read, and write Mandarin Chinese on a mission in Taiwan. I'm now a Senior at in college set to graduate in 2013 with a degree in International Business Management. I married the love of my life on June 28, 2012. I love to working with my hands and am not afraid to get them dirty for the sake of fixing a car, motorcycle, bicycle, or house.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true. I prayed about the message, the restoration by Joseph Smith, and The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. I have FELT its truthfulness. Even though I cannot see Joseph Smith to ask him about his experience, I believe it is true, just the same why I do not have to ask my college professors to see their brain before I believe what they teach me. Moreover, my conviction to live as a Mormon has only been strengthened by years of service, the most influential of which being my two years as a missionary for the church where I had many first-hand experiences watching others pray as I had done and receiving their own personal answers and convictions. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is led personally by God and His servants. I will never doubt the truthfulness of my faith.

How I live my faith

I love serving in my congregation. My wife and I recently moved into an area with very few young couples and a lot of families. I have a calling where I get to teach the gospel to teenagers in the area. I prepare lessons every week to help build the faith of the youth so that they can face the struggles of day-to-day life. My wife plays the piano for young children so they can sing songs that teach the gospel in a very simple and easy-to-remember way for them.

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Gavin
I like to think of the gospel as a sign that points us from point A (earth) to point B (back to God's presence). The scriptures are like nails in this sign holding it up. At first, you can use one nail because it will be tight and strong, however through the years, the nail will corrode, rust and loosen, allowing the sign to move freely around the nail. At that point, you must put another nail in the sign because so that it will not move and will be a constant indicator of the path we should take. In my example, the first nail is the Bible. The second nail is the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. The sign is the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Bible was originally "enough", however through the years, it was tarnished by editing and revisions. Eventually some of the doctrine taught was not clear enough, so the Lord provided another source for the truth: the Book of Mormon. Through both of these sacred texts, we can clearly understand the Lord's expectations of us and the path we must follow for eternal life. Show more Show less