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Hi I'm David Johanson

I was born with a cleft lip. I believe that whoever you are, you deserve to be respected. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

First thing, I want to try everything. Whenever there is a question in my mind I go out and find an answer. I am interested in truth and searching for people, hobbies, and places that express it. I love music for that very reason. I mainly play guitar and piano, but if there is a teacher for any instrument willing to teach, I am willing to learn. I write and record my own songs. I enjoy acting, singing, and dancing (ballroom). I also love to design and build sets for plays. I do not enjoy watching sports so much as playing them, anything with a ball, Frisbee, or something to throw I'm in. I love camping, hiking, and being outdoors. Though my favorite types of camp outs are river trips. I am the youngest of six children and currently attend BYU-Idaho. My major is psychology because by far my favorite thing is to sit and listen to others tell about themselves. Everyone has unique lessons to teach and I want to learn it all. I was born with a bilateral cleft lip and palate. As a result I have scars on my upper lip and talk with a slight lisp and stutter. Through the trials of being ridiculed for my differences I know one thing is certain, whoever you are, whatever you do, my job is to always focus on the best in you and bring it out.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family that held strong ties to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon Church). As a result I grew up knowing nothing else and instead of finding what was right for myself I just leaned on my family for support. Then around the time of 6th grade I began to question if what I thought I believed was truly right. I chose friends with complacent attitudes, activities that were detrimental and addictive, and habits that were lazy and self absorbed. I was angry at my parents all the time and sometimes lashed out at my friends. I was failing my classes, and ultimately I did not care. Until one day I was feeling particularly uneasy about my actions. When I fell asleep I had a dream that completely changed my life. I was in the presence of God being judged for the wrongs I had done. Just as my sentence was about to be decided I asked a simple question, I wanted to have just one simple hug from God. I was denied. I woke up with the worst feeling in the pit of my stomach, but with a determination to change myself. I threw away everything I had ever known in my mind and started from scratch holding on to three things that I knew for sure. one, there is a God. Two, God loves me. Three, I could be with my family after I die. From there I progressed, reading the Bible and Book of Mormon. I also read novels of inspirational merit written by authors of various churches. I had discussions with priests, pastors, fathers, reverends, and members of several different faiths. I searched online, in my town, and everywhere else I could to know truth. Now, several years later I am still searching, but I do know something. I am a Mormon because I know the doctrines that it teaches to be true. I know that a 14 year old boy knelt down and prayed in 1820. He saw God the Father, and His son Jesus Christ. They showed Joseph the way to find the whole truth, and that truth exists today nearly 200 years later in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

How I live my faith

I strive every day to be an example of what I believe. If people around me ask about my faith I am open and honest to them. I see no need to hide my religion, it is a huge part of who I am. I also do what I can to show acceptance and love to others. Jesus Christ taught that everything deserves to be shown care and kindness. No one is perfect and I am not even close, but that does not stop me from striving to do better each day. In the church I have been involved in several positions as a leader of the young men. I have taught lessons and held discussions. I have also been in charge of the welfare of several men and women that attend the same college as me. I was responsible for holding a weekly Monday night group where the men and women would gather and participate in activities and faith building exercises. The most important way I live my faith is by waking up and resolving to do better today than I did yesterday.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

David Johanson
Let us zoom in upon a single atom causing a single reaction. This reaction must occur in such a way as to aid the outcome of a hundred other reactions in a split second in the perfect manner and order. To imagine the difficulty of this let us say you were put in a room with a hundred buttons that you had to push in the right order, in less than a second. Then imagine that reaction happening a million times at once every split second over the course of a minute. This finally forms what we call a working cell which then must not only perform its own tasks perfectly but also multiply itself at the same time through the same reactions. Then continue to split and multiply twice, four times, eight times, even a thousand times at once until at the end of all this going perfectly and exactly to plan. We can zoom out to have just a tiny portion of one of your hundreds of eyelashes. Of course, this all being a result of universes, galaxies, and planets of unknown measure and number to be working perfectly themselves in order for that single atom to have even been there in the first place. That was no accident, it was an impossibility made possible by a perfect Supreme Being. Show more Show less