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Hi I'm Collyn Mosquito

I am a born and raised Alaskan. I am the first convert to the church in my immediate family. I love Family History. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Alaska with a wonderful Mother, my younger sister and now my step dad. I have a love for history and in the fifth grade was called a history buff by my fifth grade teacher. I grew up shy but was able to break out of my shell due to a few best friends I made. I also have a certain love for the outdoors and being around nature. There is just something calming and amazing about the beauty of Alaska that I will always love. My nicknames were smiley, Mosquito, Michael Jackson and just recently a walking encyclopedia. I also just love being around people. Over recent years I have made many friends that I have gotten to know personally and each are very unique. Recently I have grown a love for service. In high school I had the opportunity to create a service club that is still functioning to this day, I was involved in scouting and in my church where I performed service. At college I also had the chance to serve in many meaningful ways. My eyes, so to speak, were opened to humanity and I have grown a love for people as my brothers and Sisters. I am majoring political science because I hope in some way to make a difference in the lives of many through the use of government and charitable organizations. Love is what the world needs.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because it not only has benefitted my life giving me strong moral values to live by I also find that the teachings I have learned are true. As I acted in faith the Holy Ghost, or Spirit, or some supernatural being spoke to my heart and gave me this feeling of peace and comfort and humility when I first learned of the teachings of the church. It's hard to explain but when my Mom finally gave permission for me to get baptized (I was 11 at the time) it was one of the happiest moments of my life. As I progressed, fell down, got back up and continued to progress in the gospel I am convinced with all my heart that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord's church established again on the earth. Joseph Smith really was a prophet and we have a prophet who guides us today back home to our Father in Heaven. Jesus Christ really did live and sacrifice Himself for us, bearing our sins, our sorrows and afflictions. He is the way, the truth and light. Jesus is at the center of our doctrine and teachings. I invite all to come unto Christ and live. Become something more and live a happy life keeping the eternal perspective in mind. This is my testimony I give in Christ's name.

How I live my faith

It hasn't always been easy for me living as a Mormon but I absolutely love it. The faith challenges you to become something and not just to know something. I study the scriptures like the Bible and The Book of Mormon. I pray every morning and night and listen to general conference. I then seek to serve people and better their lives somehow and try to be a kind person to those around me. Basically, what I try to do is be selfless.

What is the priesthood?

Collyn Mosquito
The Priesthood is the Power of God given to man to act in His name. This power doesn't mean we are rulers over people it means we are servants for God and we serve His children. The priesthood is used to uplift the human race and provide the ordinances necessary to return to the presence of our Heavenly Father. You cannot buy or attend some school to gain priesthood power, it is bestowed upon faithful men who keep the commandments by those having authority delegated to them to do so. The power that each priesthood man is the same, if they are worthy, no matter the office they hold in the church. This priesthood is not used to bless ourselves it is used to bless others like women, children and other men seeking to be blessed. The men who hold the priesthood are given the charge to be like Christ and seek to bless everyone's life if they choose to accept such blessings. All are privileged to the blessings of the priesthood because the blessings of the priesthood are really what matter not who holds it. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Collyn Mosquito
God is the source of all truth I believe and so one can know if Mormonism is true through Him. When you truly have the desire to know then sincerely pray to Heavenly Father asking Him if what you are learning is true. If you don't know how to start you simply do this: Address Heavenly Father (Dear Heavenly Father), Say what's in your soul (what are you grateful for? what do you stand in need of? ask if Mormonism is true), and then end in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen. Then after you do this continue to study and give thoughtful consideration to what you are learning; in other words ponder in your heart. After you shall do this listen with your heart for the sweet feelings of inspiration from the Holy Ghost, who will whisper the truth to your spirit and mind. Then to always feel the influence of Holy Ghost in your life follow God's commandments always and I promise that you shall experience greater happiness than ever before. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Collyn Mosquito
When Jesus Christ lived on the earth He established His church. When Christ died and soon after ascended into heaven, His 12 Apostles carried on the work under His direction, through revelation and priesthood authority. Unfortunately the church members at that time, along with the Apostles, were being persecuted and killed. When the Apostles were killed so went the authority to lead and guide the church by priesthood authority and revelation. The world in its entirety went into darkness in what is called the great apostasy. The church no longer functioned the way it was supposed to. The ordinances were changed and many plain and simple truths were lost. The church of Christ was no longer. Although there were many good people and some truth remained. The apostasy was prophesied by the Apostles themselves, for example Paul talked about it in 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3, the prophet Amos centuries before in Amos 8:11-12, and many more prophecies throughout the Bible. Christ came but people rejected Him and sent the world into darkness. There was hope though. Many prophets in the Bible looked to our day like Isaiah, Malachi, and many more. In Acts 3:19-21 the Apostle Peter prophesied of the "restitution of all things" before Christ's second coming. Having been lost because of Apostasy, Christ's church and His authority were to be restored to the earth in all of its fullness to bless all of mankind. I testify that through Joseph Smith it was restored. He saw God and Christ. Show more Show less