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Hi I'm Gideon Nielson

I am deaf and love to go outside. My major at Utah Valley University is digital media. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I born deaf. I know American Sign Language since I grow up. I love to play outside including sports and also care of the garden. I like to draw and to use a computer. I had attended one college, Mountainland Applied Technology College, for information technology and one university, Utah Valley University, for digital media. I also served on the mission for the Lord and people in New York City as an American Sign Language missionary until May 2013. I enjoy helping them.

Why I am a Mormon

Before I was baptized, I was converted to Jesus Christ in my heart as I learned about Him and His love. I have never felt the power of His love cut through my heart as I watched the movie, "The Testament", and saw his loving face. Before that, my parents & teachers has taught me about Him, but I don't listen to them carefully until watch that movie while I was so young as a kid. Later I was fourteen. I want to know which one of churches is God's because they has the same belief in Christ but has different views over the same Bible. As directed by one scripture, "One Lord, one faith, one baptism" (Ephesians 4:5 in the New Testament of the Bible), I must pick one. I have learned about the example of Joseph Smith in seeking for a true church. He had read the book containing the word of God, kneeled, prayed, and asked God about which he should join in one of the religious sects. I also was taught that as directed in the Book of Mormon, "Ask God...in the name of Christ, if these things (Book of Mormon) is not true; and if ye (you) shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost" (Moroni 10:4), so I followed the example of Joseph Smith and the directions of the scriptures (the books of the word of God). I read and studied the scriptures, kneeled, prayed, and asked God if it is true. I did feel little warm. I was uncertain about it until later I asked Him when I was full with doubt. I asked him if this church is His and if so, my doubt should be taken away. At the end of my prayer, my doubt immediately vanished being replaced with faith and consciousness. I began to know that this church is true and realized that the organization of the church was not made up by the flesh of men but the power of God. I also realized that I had missed many things God tried to tell me through "a still small voice" (1 Kings 19:12 in the Old Testament). Thank Him for being patience with me.

How I live my faith

To live my faith, for me, is a prayer, seeking the words of God, and follow his wills (commandments), including attending the church. I do study the holy words in the sacred books, and as I do so, I learned of many remarkable examples of the ancient and modern prophets and followers of Christ, especially Nephi who was the prophet in the Book of Mormon and who deal with challenges and problems he faced as I do. I also learn the greatest example of Jesus Christ, which was spoken about in both the New Testament and the Book of Mormon, in loving service, meekness, and charity, especially his atonement which can replace our anxieties with worrying or fear, our discouraging, and our mourning sorrows with a peaceful consciousness, a hopefulness, and a joy. My prayer draws me closer to God our loving Heavenly Father and strengthens my relationship to Him and His Son, Jesus Christ. So my faith in Christ is processed by these things.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Gideon Nielson
If you can image that we are in Moses' day, would we worship Moses, not God? I am sure that your answer is no, but will we honor him? Yes, it is because he is the prophet of God, the chosen servant. If we are in the day of Daniel, would we worship him? No, it is because we don't worship imperfect being. However, we know that Daniel was chosen by the same God to be a prophet, and we respect him. Similar to that, we don't worship a human like Joseph Smith but recognize him as a prophet of God. We don't worship anything or anyone except perfect being---God like these scriptures "my God, early will I seek thee" (Psalm 63:1 [the Old Testament]), "worship the Father in spirit and in truth" (John 4:23 [the New Testament] & Alma 43:10 [the Book of Mormon]), and "we claim the privilege of worship the Almighty God..." (The Articles of Faith 1:11) which is our place to worship Him. Show more Show less

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

Gideon Nielson
They will share a message about our great Savior of the world, Jesus Christ, and His infinite Atonement for all people. Heavenly Father, our God, loves you His children and wants you to know His great plan for you, yes, you are the one of His spirit children. He has a home for you. You will enjoy that best place. He sends the missionaries through the prophet to share that message and to provide information so you can know how and what way to return to Him and get that home. They will also be your guide to know whether it can be truth through the power of the Comforter (the Spirit of God which is also called the Holy Ghost [See John 14:26 in New Testament]) and it will be found if you are sincere. They also will gladly answer your questions about the purpose of this life as well as after this life. You will love it. You will see how marvelous and wonderful is God Heavenly Father as a father, the plan He has for each of His children, and Jesus Christ as a great brother to us. Show more Show less