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Hi I'm Raymond

I'm a Musician, Athlete, Predator Caller, "Techy", and a Missionary. And... I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a musician; I play the Tuba, the Trombone, the Trumpet, the Guitar, the Piano, and I sing. I am also what is often referred to as a "Techy". "Techies" are those who are in the background of musicals (Lights, sound, or anything backstage). I Am also an Athlete; I like playing all Sports but I am best at Pole Vaulting (Track and Field). My Dad's side of the family has always farmed so he carried it on to me. Ever since my brother-in-law married into my family, we have started predator calling. Predator calling is hunting coyotes, foxes, bobcats, and Mountain Lions (I haven't done the last two yet). I am currently serving a Mission in the Washington Seattle Mission.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 8 years old I was baptized into the church. My family, on both sides, have been LDS for a long time, but this is not how I was converted to the Lord. When I was young I was rebellious. not on the out side, but on the inside. I did not want to go to church, my parents still made me go, but I still did not like it. I became very prideful I thought I was beyond Justice, or beyond punishment. I kept these feeling from everyone and always did what I thought would lift me up. I hung out with the wrong friends, not that they did drugs, or drank, or did anything crazy, but they were not a good influence on me. I soon found myself in a pit of anger and depression. I was angry at the World for not giving me the standing I "deserved", and depressed that I saw my world going down and down. One day in Junior High School I looked around at people that were so happy and had many true friends and seemed to be able to get good grades, whereas I did not have good grades, have many true friends, or have happiness in my life. I thought to myself, "what do they have that makes them so special to be able to do all of these things?" Though I denied it for a while I knew it was the things of God, the Church and a conversion to Jesus Christ. I did not become converted in an instant, or a had a moment when I knew that the Lord was speaking to me. However as I slowly applied the Principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and asked for His help to do so, Over time I became Converted until I can now say, "I know that God is our Loving Heavenly Father. He sent His Son Jesus Christ to bear the Burdens of the World. He is my Personal Savior. Jesus Christ Restored His Church to this earth though the Prophet Joseph Smith. The Line of Prophets continues today, and Thomas S. Monson is the Prophet today. I know that I will again live with my Family after this life is over because of the Preisthood of God which has been restored to this Earth. I say this In the name of Jesus Christ Amen."

How I live my faith

At the local high school I had the privilege of attending a class of religion, or Seminary, for an hour everyday, during school. This has been such a blessing in my life because that hour everyday frees me from worldly cares and feeling the Spirit of God makes going worth it. Every time I have a bad day or I am having trouble with my friends, when I go to Seminary all of those feeling go away and I am able to work things out with my friends. I have been the youth leader in many of the groups in church. So I have been able to plan outings where we give service like; gathering and splitting wood for the widows, picking up trash along highways, and doing yard work for those that can't do it themselves. When I give service, the feeling that I get is powerful and I cannot find it any other way. I am Currently serving a Full-Time Mission for the Church. I am able to share the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ with everyone I see! I have often heard that no one person can help convert somebody beyond their own conversion. So I strive everyday to be converted to The Lord. I do this by reading the word of the Lord everyday, praying to Him often throughout the day, and by serving others.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Raymond
A Testimony is a truth that a person has come to know and has received spiritual confirmation from the Holy Ghost. As a person learns more and more truth his or her Testimony grows. Testimonies grow often when a person goes through a trial in their life or has a "trial of [their] faith" (Book of Mormon, Ether 12:6). In short Testimonies are Truths that a person has experienced and received a witness from the Spirit that it is true. Show more Show less