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Hi I'm Connor

I was born in South Africa and moved to the United States when I was a baby. I'm going to serve a mission. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I recently graduated from high school. I love sports and played golf and hockey on my high school's teams. I am an Eagle Scout. This summer, I got a job working at a golf course doing grounds maintenance to earn money for my mission. I will be going on a mission in April 2013 to Montevideo, Uruguay.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because I know that it is the only true church on the Earth today. We are all Heavenly Father's children and He loves each and every one of us. He knows us and wants us to live righteously so we can live with Him again. I know that Heavenly Father sent his Son, Jesus Christ to die for us, and because of that, we can overcome death and live with God the Father, and His Son, Jesus Christ in the Celestial Kingdom. I know that Joseph Smith did restore this church. He was a prophet, and actually did all of the things that he said. I know the Book of Mormon is the word of God, and is true. If you read it, and ask God if it is true, having faith that you will receive an answer, He will reveal the truth of it unto you. This is why I am going on a mission soon. Because I want others to know these things. I want them to be happy and live with their families forever. I testify these things are true, in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

How I live my faith

I try to do whatever I can to help out in my community. Often, the young men in my ward and I do service projects for others in need. Recently we have cleaned out window wells, raked leaves, cleaned out roof gutters, and snow removal. Doing this gives us a good feeling, knowing that we have helped others do things that they needed to get done. I am also living my faith by preparing to go on a two year mission for this church. I am doing this because I want others to know what I know. I want them to be able to live with Heavenly Father with their families forever.

What is the First Vision?

As a boy, Joseph Smith was surrounded by various churches which, though they disagreed with on another, each claimed to teach the truth. This caused him much serious reflection. He wanted to know which church was right. One day he read a passage in the Bible which says, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him” (James 1:5). Joseph decided to accept the invitation to ask God. In the spring of 1820, Joseph went to a grove of trees near his home and prayed to learn which church he should join. In answer to his prayer, Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, appeared to him. Joseph wrote: “When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other—This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!” Joseph was told to join none of the churches that existed at that time as the priesthood authority and Church as Jesus Christ had organized it when He was on the earth had been lost over the centuries. Joseph Smith’s First Vision marked the beginning of the Restoration of Jesus Christ’s Church to the earth. Joseph’s written account of this event is a powerful testimony of what he saw and experienced. Show more Show less