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Hi I'm Rowan

I'm a high school student. I love history and science. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm going on a mission before I attend college, and I'm looking forward to both. I play French horn and piano. I paint and draw both inside and outside of school. I am an Eagle Scout. I love homemade bread. I enjoy learning languages immensely, and I'm in my fourth year of Spanish at school. I also enjoy activities with my younger siblings, especially reading out loud, construction projects and ultimate frisbee. I am fascinated by stories of great people in history, and great stories in general. I enjoy J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings series, among many others. I also enjoy fishing, and any time outdoors.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church, my parents raised me in it and taught me about it, but the most important things that they did for me were to allow me to gain my own testimony, independent of theirs, so that I knew for myself, and to live in a way that I could see that the gospel works in real life. Sure they have faults, but even as a little child I was aware that disputes or difficulties were resolved with prayer and fasting and attending the temple, that we should try to live all of the commandments to the very best of our ability, not just the convenient ones at the time. I am a mormon today because I have prayed and asked God whether the church is true, and I got my answer. I have a strong testimony and witness of the power of Christ's atonement. I have been rescued by it from obstacles and difficulties which I never could have overcome alone. It has infinite power to heal us and to enable us to overcome anything. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, because I have felt the peace and tranquility that reading it brings into the maelstrom that can be my life, and I felt the spirit, the Holy Ghost, testifying of truth when I prayed to ask God if that power that it has comes from Him. The Book of Mormon will bring you closer to God, and it is true. When I am struggling, I can go back to these experiences and be reassured and edified. Because I know these two things, I know that the church is true. Additionally, I know that the church brings joy and blessings into my life, and a sense of fulfillment. The results, the fruit, of the church are happiness and peace. I know that God answers prayers, because He has answered mine, time and time again. He loves us, and we can pray to Him to become closer and more connected to His love. I know that God inspires those who He ordains to give us what we need, just as He inspired Moses and Noah and Paul. I have felt the Spirit when I listen to the voice of modern day prophets, and I know that they speak for God.

How I live my faith

I am a junior home teaching companion, meaning that another brother in the church and I go and visit with the families we are assigned to at least once every month. We talk to them, make sure that they are OK, provide service, discuss problems, teach short gospel lessons and generally watch over and provide aid to them on an individual basis. It's a great system, and I really enjoy being able to help others in a meaningful way.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

I know the church is true for several reasons, but the the ones that stand out the most to me are my testimony of the Book of Mormon, and my testimony of the atonement. What you do to really know if something works is try it. To see if a seed is good you have to plant it, to put work into making it grow. Without this work, you really only have an academic and theoretical knowledge of the effectiveness of the seed. I have incorporated the teachings of the Book of Mormon into my life, and although I don't do everything perfectly, the more I follow its teachings, the closer I am to God. It has power to help you out of chaos and confusion, bringing peace and tranquility. I could not doubt the reality of its power, and when I prayed to ask where that power came from, whether the book was of God, whether it was really His word, I felt the Holy Ghost, the Spirit, inside my heart, testify to me that it was true, and so I know that the power of the Book of Mormon comes from God. Similarly, I have run into obstacles I could never have overcome alone and when I pleaded in prayer for the enabling power of the atonement to rescue me, it came. The atonement works. God loves us and He answers our prayers. Knowing this, and that when I prayed about the church as a whole I felt the Spirit again, I am sure that this is the true church. To know for yourself, I recommend asking God, and seeing the blessings it brings into your life when you live the gospel of Jesus Christ. You won't regret it. Show more Show less