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Hi I'm Pacific

I'm a 20 year-old architecture student from California, about to leave for a mission to Tokyo.

About Me

My father grew up in the church; my Grandparents and some of his siblings are still active members. He served a mission to Fukuoka Japan, where he met my mother, and then he attended BYU. He and my mother left the church before my sister was born. My early childhood, I grew up with little religious insight. I would on occasion go to church with my grandparents, but other than that I knew nothing of religion. However, regardless of how I was raised, I knew that there was something special about going to church. Around the time when I turned seven, a really wonderful boy moved into the house next door. We would play for hours on end. He once told me that we were really good friends, and that we were good enough friends to be best friends, because that’s what best friends are. This childhood friend of mine changed my life, more so than any other person I’ve encountered since. When I was ten, he invited me to church. Now, I go to school in San Luis Obispo. I'm majoring in Architecture and minoring in art history and sustainable design. I love learning and have a testimony of the importance of knowledge in the Plan of Salvation. I see my education as part of my eternal progression, allowing me to quite literally building the Kingdom of God here on earth. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is comforting and motivating, and has helped me to accomplish things I never would have dreamed possible.

Why I am a Mormon

My journey in this church has not been a straight path. But I've felt the blessings of the gospel whenever I've recommitted myself to living its teachings. The Plan of Salvation is forgiving and it is perfect. By it, I know that I can return to live with my Heavenly Father. I know that He wants me to succeed and strengthens me every day to help me progress. I have felt comforted by the Holy Spirit in my times of need and rely on the Gospel and its promises every day. I know this church is true. I have read the book of Mormon and continue to search through its words to find guidance. I know the words that it holds are true. I know that if you read this 531 page book and earnestly ponder and pray about its truthfulness and meaning, the Holy Ghost will testify the same to you. I know that through the Plan of Salvation, we can all repent of our sins and return to live with our Heavenly Father and with Jesus Christ for time and all eternity with our families.

How I live my faith

I try my best to keep my standards and set an example to my non-member friends. I also love to serve others in my community. It makes me so happy to see the smile on peoples faces when I help them, even with something small.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Pacific
"We know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do." (2 Nephi 25:23) We believe that if we labor diligenlty, follow the commandments, and live the gospel of Jesus Christ, we will be saved. In the Book of Mormon it also says that "all that we could do [was to] repent of our sins. It teaches us that no person can dwell in the presence of God save it be by through the grace of the Holy Messiah (2 Nephi 2:8) Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Pacific
The Mormon lifestyle isn't much different than an average person's life. I get up every morning, read the Book of Mormon or other scriptures, go to school or work, etc. The difference is in how we approach the world. The world is a wonderful, optimistic place where we can find joy. I find joy through learning gospel principles, communicating with my Father in Heaven through prayer, and serving in the church. My family and friends also bring my joy as I spend time with them and find opportunities to serve them. Show more Show less