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Hi I'm Helaman

I love everything about music. I come from a family of seven. I am a Michigander, a swimmer, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am the oldest of 5 children in my family. I am 18 years old, and I love to play with my little siblings, the youngest of which is 7. I love to play piano and guitar, and experiment with other musical instruments. I love to swim and run. I am leaving for a 2-year mission in Romania and Moldova in October, where I am very excited to serve the people of Romania and share my faith with them. After my mission I will attend Brigham Young University, after which I plan on going to law school to prepare myself for a career in law.

Why I am a Mormon

This church is really special to me, and plays a huge part in my life. It gives me comfort to have faith in my Heavenly Father and his son and my savior, Jesus Christ. I know that I can get through anything with their help. The Church provides stability in life like no other thing can. God is there through all the ups and downs. He can be the one constant thing in your life. The knowledge that He is there provides so much comfort. The knowledge that Jesus Christ died for me and everyone else in the world makes me feel loved, and reassures me that although I am far from perfect, I am still loved by my Father in Heaven and that He will still receive me with open arms as long as I try my best to live His commandments. The commandments are there to help me out, and they do. I see the blessings that I get as a result of my efforts to try to follow in Christ's footsteps. Christ is the perfect example, and my life is blessed as I try to follow it. The most beautiful part of the gospel of Jesus Christ is the fact that we can all live in heaven with our families forever. The happiness and love that we share with our families does not have to end when we die. We will see them again, and I believe that when I am reunited with my family, I will be immensely grateful to God for His beautiful plan of salvation. I love God and my brother and redeemer Jesus Christ and I live to try to follow them.

How I live my faith

I participate in activities with the youth in my age group, including service projects and other youth activities. I am preparing to serve a mission for my church in a few months. I try to read the scriptures every day and pray to my Heavenly Father every day to help build my relationship with Him. I go out with the missionaries in my area to help prepare me for my own mission. I go to a religion class called seminary every day before school to give me that spiritual part of my day every day. I love to go to church and learn more about the gospel.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

You do not have to take anyone's word for it. In fact, we don't want you to take our word for it. Learning for yourself that the gospel is true is one of the biggest steps in your conversion. Moroni, a prophet who wrote in the Book of Mormon challenged all those who read the book to ask of God whether these words are true. That is how to know for yourself whether the gospel is true. Ask God through prayer. Moroni later said, "By the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things." After you pray for a confirmation of the truth, pay attention to how you feel, and look for any promptings from the Spirit testifying of the truth of the gospel. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

God, in his infinite mercy and love, has provided a way for everyone to have an opportunity to be baptized, whether they were able to hear the gospel during their time on earth or not. How unfair would it be to those who live in remote places of the world, or who just never heard the gospel, if they went to hell just because they never had the chance to hear it? This is why we perform baptisms for those who are dead. We know from the scriptures that baptism is a saving ordinance, and we want to give them as much of a chance as anyone to accept the gospel and be baptized. Show more Show less