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Hi I'm Devin

I was born in Sacramento, California. I enjoy running, and creating & performing music. I'm a missionary in Scottsdale Arizona.

About Me

When I was a young boy, my parents decided to divorce. As a result, I went many years without a father that I could look up to and learn from. This caused me to grow up quickly in an attempt to be a protector for my mother and my sister. without the example a father can give, I had to learn for myself what it was to a be a man. Although the early years of my life were difficult, I feel that they helped shape me into the person that I am and motivate me to succeed. I did well in school all throughout my life so far and participated in a number of extracurricular activities. I played alto saxophone in my high school marching band and wind ensemble for four years. I spent a number of seasons competing in cross country, swimming, and track & field. I also sang in the high school choir and vocal ensemble. In my spare time, I like to write and record songs with my close friends who are also musicians. I now am serving a mission in Arizona and I am loving it! I meet new people everyday and I hope and pray that they will allow me to tell them what I know to be true because I know how much it can help them.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church; both of my parents are members. As a child, I learned what I was taught as best I could by going to church every week. I tried to follow the teachings of the gospel throughout my life but stumbled occasionally and my faith was tested. It wasn't until I attended BYUI for my first semester of college that I finally gained my testimony. An assignment for one of my classes was to read the entire Book of Mormon from start to finish in two weeks. It was a difficult task, but I completed it. I was so struck by the feeling that I had while reading it and especially when I finished reading it. I had no doubt that it was true; all of it was true. It was at that moment that I decided I needed to serve a mission and share this wonderful news with others. I turned my life around and started doing the right things not because I was supposed to, but because I wanted to. I now feel so much more connected with Christ and am serving Him on my mission in Arizona.

How I live my faith

I search for service opportunities around my community that I can participate in and encourage others to as well. If I ever receive an assignment within the church, I try to dedicate as much time as I can to it. For instance, while I was attending Brigham Young University-Idaho, I was in charge of a group of students that were to meet every Monday evening. My job was to plan activities and lessons for this group. Furthermore, it was important that I made sure that they all got along together. My faith grew while I completed this assignment and I am now serving a mission where my faith continues to grow. I have been able to apply the lessons I've learned and the skills I've gained. Now, I help others to find and grow their faith in Jesus Christ.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Devin
The best way I have ever had grace explained to me was through an analogy. In this analogy, we are a child who will be taking piano lessons. Our mother paid for the lessons to be given to us. She asks us to practice so that the piano lessons will be of worth to us. Practicing does not pay the teacher nor does it pay our mother. The price has already been paid. Practicing shows that we understand that our mother has made a sacrifice so that we could have the opportunity to improve. We are learning so we will make mistakes. The teacher does not expect perfection immediately and Mother doesn't either. But they do expect us to practice so that we can improve. We will not be cut-off from piano lessons for hitting a wrong note. In a similar way, life is a lesson for us: we are learning how to be like God. We will make mistakes. Repenting and improving over time does not pay for the punishment of our sins; Christ has already paid that price. Our repentance shows Christ that we are grateful for the sacrifice He made and for the opportunity we have to learn. This is grace. It is what saves us. Our actions do not, in themselves, redeem us from the pains of sin. Our actions tell our Savior that we accept His sacrifice and are willing to do what He wants us to do. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Devin
Many people have this question because of the nickname of our church: Mormon. The full name of our church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The actual name of our church answers that question; yes, we are Christians. To quote a Prophet from The Book of Mormon, "And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins." And that is the same thing we do today. We love and follow our Savior, Jesus Christ, in all that we do. Everything we believe is centered on Jesus Christ and His teachings. We believe that Jesus Christ leads this, His Church, through prophets just as He did during the times of the Old Testament. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Devin
As someone who is currently serving a mission, I can say that we proselyte because of love: love for God, love for the blessings He gives us, and love for His children. Having experienced the redeeming power of the atonement of Jesus Christ, I want other to feel the relief that comes from being forgiven of their sins. I know what it feels like to be tormented by guilt, but I also know what it feels like to have that guilt taken and to live a new lifestyle of joy in the Gospel. This feeling of release is what I want others to have. I also want people to know what the Gospel of Jesus Christ is and about the plan of happiness that our Father in Heaven has made for us. I want all of God's children to know that they have a purpose in life. To quote from The Book of Mormon about the sons of Mosiah, who were also missionaries, "Now they were desirous that salvation should be declared to every creature, for they could not bear that any human soul should perish; yea, even the very thoughts that any soul should endure endless torment did cause them to quake and tremble." We love all of God's children. We don't want them to suffer in this life or in the life to come. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Devin
It has been said that The Book of Mormon is "the keystone of our religion" (mormonism). A keystone is the highest stone in the center of an arch which holds the arch together. If the keystone of an arch fails, so does the rest of the arch. The same is true for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; if The Book of Mormon fails, so does the church also which teaches from that book. The opposite is also true; if the Book of Mormon is true, then so is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The key to knowing the truthfulness of this message is to read in the Book of Mormon and ask God, the giver of all truth, whether it be true. When one attains this knowledge, they can then know that all the teachings and doctrine found in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true as well. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Devin
The message that missionaries share is about Jesus Christ and HIs Atonement. Most basically stated their message is that through a modern-day prophet knowledge about God's plan for His children (The Plan of Salvation) which is centered on the role of Jesus Christ as our Savior and Redeemer, and His Gospel. MIssionaries will offer to help in any way they can. They will pray for your family. They will do their best to help you understand what we believe and to show you how you can know what is truth. Show more Show less