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Hi I'm Anthony VanDongen

I'm 19 years old, I'm from South Jordan Utah. I'm a missionary. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm 19 years old and currently serving in the England London South Mission. I attended university for 1 semester before my mission and I was a substitute teacher at an elementary school. I enjoy working with young children and I enjoy helping them learn and explore the wonders of education. I love to cook, write music, play instruments, play sports of all kinds, hiking and snowmobiling. I love reading the scriptures and I love my family and friends. My family has had the biggest impact on helping me become who I am today. I love them like crazy!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up a member of the church. I've always known it's teachings. I grew up in a strong, Gospel-centered family who love the Lord. When I reached my early teens I started to ignore the things I was taught and decided that I didn't need them. LIke any other teenager I thought I knew everything and had to answer to no one. As I kept this mentality I realized far down that path that I was distancing myself from my family, I didn't have very many true friends and I felt empty. I came to the conclusion that I was making bad decisions and because I decided to ignore what I was taught, I was alone and felt empty. It was a critical point in my life. I could either continue down the path I was on, or turn around and follow what I'd been taught growing up. I decided to live the things I'd been taught and make a change. Thanks to wonderful friends, a great girlfriend, a loving and supportive family and my Savior, I am who I am today. I am happy, I have a purpose and I know that God loves me and that this is the true church of Jesus Christ. I know it because I know what it's like to live it and to not live it. Trust me, living it is the happier and more fulfilling option. I'm a Mormon because it makes me happy. I'm a Mormon because it is a great way to live and the way that Christ would have me live and I love it!

How I live my faith

I excercise my faith by serving others. Service wasn't my favorite thing when I was younger, but I've come to realize over the last 3 or 4 years that when I serve others and help them in any way, whether it's small or large, I am living the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I also live my faith by serving as a full time missionary and follow Christ's teachings by helping others come to know our Heavenly Father and our Savior. I strive each day to become a better person by doing those things that Christ would have me do. I love Him and I want to show Him that I love Him. I know that faith requires works and I try to show my faith in Christ each and everyday through my actions.

What is being a Mormon like?

Anthony VanDongen
Being a Mormon is awesome. I LOVE IT! People always say "Why do you guys have so many rules?" We don't have rules but we know what our Savior wants us to do and if we do them then we are happy. I have great and true friends, I have a strong and unified family and I owe it all to the teachings of the church. We are normal people. We enjoy many things. I love sports and music, video games and movies. I like hanging out with my friends and girlfriend and her family and just have a blast! The biggest thing is that we have fun doing all these things and following the gospel at the same time. Being a Mormon is the best! Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Anthony VanDongen
I attribute the growth of the church to is truthfulness. Through the gospel, questions can be answered. We can know our purpose in life. We know where we came from and where we are going. The reason why the church grows and grows at the rate it does is because it is true and it brings happiness to those who live it. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Anthony VanDongen
We proselyte because Christ has asked us to! We know the blessings that come from living the gospel. We know that the message we teach can help anyone with any struggle or difficulty in their lives and the message is straight from the Savior. Everyone needs to hear it and we are grateful to be the ones to help people find the happiness that comes with living the gospel. We love the Lord and because we love Him, we want to do all we can to help others come to know Him because He can bless all of us beyond comprehension. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Anthony VanDongen
The best way to learn if something works is to try it right? That's how you can know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true church. You don't become good at something or know if something is true if you don't practice or test it. So test our church. Live the things that we live. Read the Book of Mormon and then when you've done these things, the most important thing you can do is to pray and ask God if it's true. I know that God answers our prayers and I know that He really wants to answer the questions of the truthfulness pertaining to this church. Live it, pray about it, and I promise you that He will answer. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Anthony VanDongen
Absolutely. We know from the New Testament that the foundation of the Church of Christ is Apostles and Prophets. Knowing that God has called a Prophet on the earth today shows us just how much He loves us. It shows us that He has not left us to wander without direction or purpose. I know that Thomas S. Monson is a Prophet because I have prayed to know for myself if he is. I also did my part by applying the things he's addressed us about in General Conference. The scriptures tell us "...by their fruits ye shall know them..." I know that there is a Prophet on the earth today because of those fruits he's produced. What a blessing to know that there is a Prophet called of God to help us return to our Maker. Show more Show less