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Hi I'm Michael Duplisea

I'm a messenger of Jesus Christ. I love music, languages and the Gospel. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I recently finished my first year at BYU, where I am majoring in physiology and developmental biology. I love playing music of just about any kind and I enjoy learning new languages. I was born in Ontario, Canada and lived there until I was three, when we moved to North Carolina for a year. Following that, we returned to Canada until I was nine. We then moved to Hungary for six years before heading to Cincinnati, Ohio, where my family has been for the last five. I am going to be an orthopedic surgeon and I love traveling to new places and meeting new people. The greatest joys I've experienced in life have always come from the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which is why I share it with everyone I meet.

Why I am a Mormon

I chose to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when I was younger because I thought it was the right thing to do. As time went on, however, I began to see all the options that were available to me and a pressing question had to be answered: am I really going to be a disciple of Jesus Christ, or do I want to do something else with my life? After studying the Book of Mormon regularly for some time and praying deeply on the subject, I felt the overwhelming assurance that I needed to choose to follow Christ. I turned my life over to Him. Although I haven't been anywhere close to perfect, I have striven to stay true to the promises I have made to Him to live as He would have me do. When we turn ourselves over to Him, He can make far more of our lives than we ever could. I am forever grateful for His atoning sacrifice; for that reason I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to become more like Jesus Christ each day through my thoughts, words and actions. I am currently serving as a full-time, Spanish-speaking missionary in Raleigh, North Carolina. I teach people about the Gospel and invite them to draw nearer to their Savior, Jesus Christ.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Michael Duplisea
Mormon women are wonderful examples of Christ-like actions and attitudes. Our Father in Heaven loves His sons and daughters equally and infinitely, so He has reserved no blessing to one that does not in some way extend to the other. Although the roles women and men play differ in some respects, neither gender is bereft of the fruits of these responsibilities. Men bear the priesthood and watch over their families to provide for their needs, whereas women bear, nurture and love their children. Husbands and wives support each other as equal partners in a loving relationship of mutual respect and concern. In this way, both spouses enjoy the happiness and peace that comes from a constructive family relationship between two complementary halves. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Michael Duplisea
Because we believe the Holy Bible and practice its teachings, we follow the Biblical practice mentioned by Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:29 of performing baptisms for the dead. Jesus Christ taught in John 3:5 that baptism is essential for entrance into the Kingdom of Heaven. Through proxy baptisms, Latter-day Saints provide the opportunity for our deceased ancestors who were not baptized by proper authority (Hebrews 5:4) to enter into the paradise of God, so long as they accept the Gospel in the Spirit World. "For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit" (1 Peter 4:6). Show more Show less