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Hi I'm Michael P. Shanklin

Hi, My name is Michael. I am a covert of 17 years. I grew up in different parts of Maryland. I am proud to be a Mormon.

About Me

I was adopted into a really big family of 15 that included me. My family introduced me into the church. I love to write. Everything about music makes me really happy. I also love to serve people at the Bishops storehouse every Saturday. I love my job as a teacher. Eternal Families is one of the things I truly believe in with all of my heart. I love the plan of salvation where families will be reunited once more. My family and my church are my world.

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptised in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints when I was 12 years old. At that time I thought I had to join without my say in the matter. So I resented the church some for the way I felt. My truest coversion to the church was when I became an adult and started seeing the benefits of being faithful and true to the church and to myself. As I started participating in the services and in the positions I was asked to serve in, My attitude towards myself and the church started to change. I was becoming happier and more willing to have a happier lifesyle. I have served in the bishops storehouse for 5 or 6 years now and nothing else makes me happier to serve those in need and less fortunate then myself then working there. My mother had a favorite scripture from: Matthew chapter 25 verse 40 and it reads: "And the king shall answer and say unto them, verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethern, ye have done it unto me." which means if you serve the les fortunate then it is like serving the lord himself for that is what he had done while he had walked upon the earth. My mother would quote it like this, "If you have done it unto the least of these, you have done it unto me." Whenever i am serving in the Bioshops Storehouse, I constantly am thinking about this quote. I am forever grateful for the gospel for it has been a wonderful spiritual and learning experience. I am a mormon because I choose to be, I choose to have faith in the our Heavenly Father. I choose to have faith in Jesus Christ. I choose to have faith in the Holy Ghost. Like our first article of faith says, "We believe in God the Eternal Father and in his son, Jesus Christ and in the Holy Ghost." I say, "I believe in God the Eternal Father and in his son, Jesus Christ and in the Holy Ghost." I am a mormon because I choose to make the righteous decisions that will bring me eternal glory. I say this in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by striving to make righteous decisions, and serving others on saturdays by working at the bishops warehouse. I also strive to complete my hometeaching tasks. I live my faith by having the urge to go to the temple on a regular basis. I live my faith by attending church on sundays and paying my tithing. I live my faith by having faith in Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ and in the Holy Ghost. I live my faith by believing in and attempting to live by the teachings of our Prophets, Seers and Revelators. I live my faith by having faith in the plan of salvation.

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Michael P. Shanklin
We don't drink coffe tea or alcohol because it is harmful to our bodies. Same thing with smoking and doing illegal drugs. Our bodies are sacred and is a pure gift from god. We are supposed to protect it from harmful things. Also those things are an addiction and addictions are harmful on the spirit and bodies as well because we become reliant on them and not on the holy ghost. Show more Show less