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Hi I'm Levi

I've been a member my entire life and am about to leave to serve a mission. I plan to study medicine when I return.

About Me

Hey, so, my name is Levi. I'm almost 20 and recently finished a college degree in Science. I like to read, draw, paint, and make things. I can do some of the most random things; juggle, knit maille, embroider, unicycle, etc. Pretty much my motto is "If I can't do it, I can learn". I'm good at concentrating and taking my time at things so I can learn, paint, draw and such easily but it often takes me a very long to do things. I'm currently working as a lifeguard. I have a natural knack for understanding concepts, or the larger picture, but I quickly forget pretty much everything else. It makes classes like history really hard. As far as I'm concerned, smiling makes me happy. If nothing else if makes other people smile and that easily brightens my day. I am currently serving a Mission and will return to Canada in 2014 if all goes well.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in this church by my parents. My mom is also a lifelong member while my dad is a convert. I believe this to be the one true church, with it's basis it cannot be partially true or even harmless. It's either the true church or it's a tool of the devil because no other church would make the same claims. I've been through enough and had enough experiences to know that the gospel upon which this church is built is true (even though the members are still fallible humans). The gospel is true, I know this, one of the best parts of it is this; every member is encouraged to learn as much as they can (from all good (reliable) sources) and they are encouraged to look at each commandment, each suggestion, and each principle to learn for themselves of their truthfulness. I'll admit that there are some things that I haven't tested out or prayed about yet. There are still things I don't know, but I know that the answers exist and that's more important to me than knowing he answers. If I get curious, I know I can find out. In the meantime I plan to learn as much as I can, in the church and out. Another important point is that nobody has gone so far that they cannot be healed and made whole. I've made my share of mistakes, serious ones even, but I know that there's always hope, no matter what happens. This holds for everyone, there are no bars, even in death there's a chance to change, to be healed, to improve and become perfect. I know I'll continue to make mistakes but I'll always do my best, try my hardest, and I know that everything I go through will help me to learn, to grow, to understand others, in some way it will make me more capable.

How I live my faith

I'm now serving a mission for my church. I'm in training in the United States at the moment but in a couple weeks I'll be in Argentina. I'll be in the Resistencia mission which is in the north-east portion of the country. I'll be gone for 2 years and need to learn spanish really quick. When I return home I plan on studying science, maybe becoming a nurse or doctor. The Mission is one of the most difficult things I've ever done and I haven't even left North America yet. I have learned so much and I have the oppurtunity here to live the restored gospel of Jesus Christ fully for the fuist time in my life. I love the lifestyle that the gospel teaches and I don't know where I would be without it. It's more obviously difficult than most people's lifestyles but then it avoids all those hidden traps and really sticky situations so in the end it's actually much easier. I'll admit I have ho hard evidence to support that but as far as I can tell it's true. I think one of the most important things to living the gospel is to watch what you hear and say. Compared to a lot of my friends my music collection is tiny but there isn't a single swear word anywhere in that. Same with drug references and such. My music makes or breaks me and does huge things for my outlook, attitude, and habits (learned the hard way). I don't swear and I attribute that to my music, if I were listening to swearing for hours at a time as I tried to sleep or relax I doubt I could avoid swearing when I speak.

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Levi
Mostly, we pay for our own missions. I'm spending about $10,000 CAD to go. It's taken a long time to save up enough but it's worth it and in the process I've learned a lot about managing my money. Alternatively, the church has a mission fund which accepts donations to help pay for such expenses. Those who cannot afford to leave can obtain financial assistance by going to their bishop, though they are still expected to do as much as they are able to. All funds paid by missionaries go to the same place and are then divided as needed to support the missionaries. For example, a missionary's living expenses in Alberta, Canada would be different than those of a missionary serving in Corrientes, Argentina. Show more Show less