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Hi I'm Michael Walton

I'm a College Student, a Mathematician, an Artist, a Popcorn-Addict, a Missionary, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently serving a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Southern half of France. I am an Applied Mathematics Major and am currently a Sophomore in college.. I collect Rubik's Cubes and coins. I also love to read everything and anything. I also love to paint and draw as a way to relax and express myself more effectively.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to two wonderful LDS parents, but that is not why I am a Mormon. I am a Mormon because I know that the message that this Church spreads is true. When I was in High School, I had an extremely difficult year for academic and social reasons, and for a time I wondered why I was wasting my time at Church Activities. And then one day, I hit my breaking point. And I had a choice. I could pray and try to find comfort, or I could decide I would not try anything to find comfort. And I decided to pray. I knelt down next to my bed, and simply asked God if He was there. I said I didn't know if He was there, but that I wanted to believe He was. And I began to cry. I cried because all of a sudden, I had the sensation of someone I couldn't see giving me a hug. I felt such love and peace radiating from that unseen presence that I knew God was there and that He loved me. I know that there is a God, that He loves me, and that because He loves me, he has sent modern-day prophets to teach us. I know that Thomas S Monson is a prophet today because I have prayed and asked God just as I did all those years ago. I am a Mormon because I have felt a greater love learning and obeying what this Church teaches than I have anywhere else.

How I live my faith

My faith in my Savior determines nearly everything I do. I do my best to always serve others because that is how I have always seen those who truly believe what they preach. I try to never be cross with others or show frustration. I am serving others all day everyday as a Missionary because I love the peace and comfort this message brings to me, and I want others to be as happy as I know this wonderful gospel can help them to be.

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Michael Walton
No, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints does not endorse candidates or parties. Prominent leaders in both the Democratic and Republican parties (in the United States) have been LDS such as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (a Democrat), and 2012 Republican Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney. Yet the Church never endorsed either candidate, party, or platform. However, the Church does encourage its members to vote for the party and candidates that they feel are the best for the position to which they will be elected. Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Michael Walton
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints opposes abortions in all cases except where the life of the mother is in danger, where the pregnancy resulted from rape, or where strongly encouraged by a competent medical advisor. However, even these cases are encouraged to be prayed and studied by the couple before an abortion. We believe that this life is a preparatory state to learn, develop and grow so we may be prepared to live with God. Abortion deprives this from those awaiting bodies so they might progress. However, we hold sacred our right to choose our own actions. That is a right guaranteed by God for all of His children here on earth. No one can force anyone to do anything, but we are resposible to deal with the consequences of our actions. Thus, we raise a warning voice which opposes the performance of abortions. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Michael Walton
Well, at first glance it doesn't make much sense as to why Mormon Missionaries do what they do. I served a mission in France, and there is a very strong stigma there against people proselyting or doing nearly anything relating to religion. Yet I continued anyway, sharing the joy I find in the teachings in this Church, because I wanted to. I shared this wonderful message because I loved the Gospel so much that I wanted others to have the same joy. We proselyte and share our message because it has helped us be happy and we want the same for our neighbors and friends. Show more Show less