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Hi I'm Michael

I grew up in Heber City, Utah. I love public speaking and I am going to be serving an LDS mission in Sao Paulo Brazil.

About Me

I am nineteen years old and I am currently serving a mission. All throughout high school I loved debate, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and gardening. For the last six years my family has lived on a small ranch next to my parents on the outskirts of Heber City Utah. I love the outdoors and my memory is full of hiking, backpacking and camping trips with me family. I also am an avid reader, especially introspective reading. I am now serving a mission!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints and have attended ever since. However, this does not mean that I simply rely on the testimony of my parents or leaders. I believe that everyone, regardless of previous circumstances, has to come to know God and what their relations is to Him. Once I realized the love He had for me and the great sacrifice, namely the Atonement, that He made in order to save me, I could no longer doubt that this was the true church. Gaining a testimony of the living Prophet, the Book of Mormon, Sunday worship and many other things came gradually. I have grown many plants in my garden since I was a young boy. Yet each spring the only way I can know if a corn seed is in fact a corn seed, I must plant it. I must nourish, care, and wait to see if it grows and produces corn. I am firm believer that this is the same way we come to know that the gospel is true. In the Book of Mormon in the Book of Alma in chapter 32 we learn that the word of God is like a seed. We must all plant it and watch it grow. My testimony is largely based upon the scripture in Alma 32:28. I love this church. It brings feelings of peace, love, righteousness, knowledge and comfort. What more could I ask for? I know that Christ suffered and paid the price for all men to come back unto Him. I know that Thomas S. Monson is a true prophet that leads and guides the church today.

How I live my faith

Although I have only had a handful of callings, I have greatly learned and enjoyed each of them. While growing up, I had the opportunity to serve as a leader of my fellow peers where I would plan, organize, conduct, and lead a group of young men about my age. I did this off and on for about 6 years. Currently I am living in young single adult housing at Brigham Young University and I attend a singles ward. My calling here is the Family Home Evening Group Leader, which basically consists of planning an activity, spiritual thought and other fun activities with my roommates and another apartment every Monday night. I love this calling and Family Home Evening is especially dear to me. I have also had the wonderful opportunity of going out with the LDS Missionaries and teaching lessons. I had learned Spanish in high school and I mostly accompanied the Spanish Missionaries. I love teaching the gospel and have such a testimony of bringing others unto Christ. My greatest calling is serving a mission.

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Michael
God is perfect. Not only does He have all knowledge and capability but He is also personable and loving with each of His children. God knows each of us and loves us all equally. God has a body of flesh and bones that is similar to ours but is much more perfected. God's purpose is to "bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man." (Moses 1:39) Show more Show less

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Michael
Self-reliance is a principle of preparation and foresight. The Church stresses self-realiance to help us be prepared for financial or natural problems. Although not everyone has the resources to get 100% prepared, our efforts show the Lord that we are striving to do our part. Show more Show less