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Hi I'm Michael Toronto

I'm a graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh getting a Degree in Public Administration. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a recent graduate with my Social Work degree. I am currently a full time graduate student studying Public Administration and public and nonprofit management. I want to enter the realm of education and be a reform and Educational Administrator. I also want to join the military in the reserves and serve my country and what it has done for me. Eventually I hope to run for office as a servant of the people, and help children in the Foster Care system. I love to do a lot of activities. I love music and I play a lot of instruments for fun: the piano, organ, clarinet, saxophone, and I like to sing. I love to cook; often time’s people will find me making something new in the kitchen, especially deserts because they taste the best. I really enjoy the outdoors. I grew up hiking with my dad and my friends; I also enjoy biking, camping, and fishing. My two favorite outdoor locations are Southern Utah and West Yellowstone. I am one of four kids, I have one brother in law, a niece, and three sisters two older and one younger. I come from a big Utah family with a lot of amazing cousins and aunts and uncles. I have traveled to China and France and I hope to continue my travels to Europe and Africa. I love the LDS church, its programs helped me get into the outdoors through Young Mens and Scouts, it also was the reason I learned to love music.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I know that this church is true. I know that my Lord lives that that He has called Prophets here on this earth to lead and guide us. I know that the Book of Mormon is true, that Joseph Smith is a Prophet, and that President Monson is the Prophet living today. I have been a member of the church all my life, I have decided to live and embrace it. I became firmly converted to the Gospel when I served as a missionary. I felt the spirit every day of my life and it was a feeling that I had never experienced before. I knew that the Lord was behind this church and that he directed it. Experiencing the Lords Atonement is what really solidified my testimony and beliefs. I've never had the feeling of my sins being taken away as I did when I knew that He lived and when I repented of my sins. It is a feeling that has no words all it has is a feeling of truth and fortitude. Whenever I read the Book or Mormon I have a feeling of truth and for-sureness. I feel that there is truth and that there is something for us as Gods children to really physically and spiritually be attached to. I've never felt that way about any other book and subject of study. I know it is true, there is nothing false about this church or the gospel, it follows Gods plan, it follows his doctrine and patterns from the beginning, it teaches us to be more like the Savior. Most importantly the feeling I get of having my family forever is the most important. No other faith teaches that, and it is through this the Lords church, brought about by his power, that eternal families can happen. I feel a connection with my siblings, parents, brother in law and niece, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and cousins, that extends beyond just a temporal relationship, I feel and know that I will be with them forever, that is one of many aspects that makes this Gospel the Lords Gospel and this church His church.

How I live my faith

I have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints all my life. It has helped mold me into the person that I am today. The teachings of the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and the Church its-self, place great emphasis on developing individual faith and finding out the truth about the Savior and our Heavenly Father. Because of this I have become a strong member of the LDS church, and I have no doubt that it is true. I have served as a home teacher and in other leadership positions; I’ve also served in the primary as a teacher, as a ward organist and music director. Most important was my calling and service as a Missionary in Albuquerque, New Mexico and on the Navajo reservation. I loved serving the people and the Lord. I grew so much on my mission and it was there that I determined that for the rest of my life I would always be a member of the LDS church, the Lord's church. I felt the Lord in my life I saw the miracles that He performed in not only my life but in the life of those that I taught and served. I take my roles in the church very seriously and I seek to be more like my Savior. I want to learn to be as kind as he was and is, and I seek to be humble and charitable, though I am far from it. When it comes to life outside of the church I am open about my faith and I do my best to make sure that others know that I choose to live the standards of the Lord and that I am not just a Sunday worshiper. I do my best to use uplifting language, to serve other people even when it is not convenient, and talk about the Savior as often as possible. I am one of many of his disciples; therefore, I talk about Him and his gospel whenever the opportunity presents its self. I live my life in an honest way in all that I do and with everyone I interact with.

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Michael Toronto
It is to help people with their temporal needs, while at the same time give people a sense a self worth by allowing them to help them selves with help from the church. It is also a chance for members to get out and serve, sometimes directly and indirectly. Show more Show less