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Hi I'm Hyrum

I'm born and bred in New Zealand. I'm serving a Mission in the Anchorage, Alaska Mission and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Hyrum Modlik, I am 20 years old and I was born and raised in New Zealand. I'm not quite sure how this works but until this year I didn't quite have a story worth sharing as it was similar to probably everyone one else. My biggest love all my life has been basketball and have played since I could walk. On February 16th 2013 while training I had a collision which brought what I thought was the world, crumbling down. I was told by the doctor that I had slipped the L4 disc and herniated the L5 disc in my back severely. For four months I was hunched over like a troll and any attempt at standing sent excruciating pain down my leg and I would quickly lose all feeling. I was told by my surgeon that I wouldn't be able to put my mission papers in for 6 months after the operation. Its been almost 2 months since the operation and my surgeon has told me that the disc hasn't healed properly and I will need further surgery and will have to start my 6 month countdown again. I didn't know why any of this was happening to me? Was I doing something wrong? After much prayer and fasting I've eventually realised through inspiration that I'm like this because I didn't have my priorities straight. My duty will be to serve the lord for 2 years, I've treated it like an obligation, not a privilege. My priorities have been messed up and reorganized to suit the world, not the lord. My challenge is to become like King Lamoni's father and be willing to "forsake my kingdom" and come unto him.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into this church and like Nephi "was taught somewhat in all the learning of my father" so my conversion story isn't quite like a normal conversion story, but i think that every member in this gospel has a time where they are either converted to the gospel and believe it and their testimony grows or because of the foundation on which they build, it crumbles and they fall. For me, my conversion came through the atonement. Through the mistakes made in my life I learnt and was able to rebuild my foundation upon the the rock which is Jesus Christ which is as Helaman puts it whereon if men build they can not fall. Each day as I remember his sacrifice and strive to live worthy of it, my testimony grows as does my desire to share this gospel with all that I come in contact with.

How I live my faith

Too often I can fall into the habit of being a 'Sunday Mormon'. I've found that the simple things that we are taught each and every Sunday are the keys to remaining strong and active. In order to progress spiritually tho it requires a bit more effort. I think in order to change the world in a big way, you have to be willing to change it in all the little ways as well. Simple acts of service both help me and also provide opportunities to spread the gospel or just be an example. Its not hard to offer a ride or take out someones trash or help them with their groceries or even hold a door. But it shows the lord your willingness to serve him. That's how I see it and try to live anyway.

Are Mormons Christians?

If there are any doubts as to whether a Mormon is Christian, all they need to do is read the Book of Mormon. In it contains hundreds of testimonies, experiences and teachings of his life, his divinity and his purpose. The name of the church is officially The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, which pretty much says it all Show more Show less