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Hi I'm Michael Dillard

God is great, Mountain Dew is good and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I come from an amazing family with three older brothers and a younger sister. I have always loved a good game of ball whether that be baseball, basketball, ping-pong if I'm feeling crazy or throwing the football around. One of my favorite things to do is get out on my pontoon float tube and go for a rip down the river or sit in the sun in the middle of the lake with my fishing line in the water. Shooting guns has always been something I have loved to do, especially with my family. I often tell people that I am not very great at one thing, but am good at many different things. As I have experimented with multiple jobs and all sorts of work growing up I still have not found exactly what it is that I am expert in. I can mow a lawn like no ones business, but if you ask me to fix your computer I would tell you to turn it off and back on again and if that does not solve it then I'm out of ideas. I love learning and gaining new experience. I love to work. Serving and helping others has brought the most happiness into my life. I'm not perfect, but I'm trying to do as the Savior commanded: "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in Heaven is perfect." (Mathew 5:48) Everyday presents itself with a new opportunity to learn and I love soaking up all the knowledge I can receive.

Why I am a Mormon

I am very lucky to have wonderful parents who made the choice when they were young to join the Church. Growing up I have been able to see their example and how it has helped and influenced them for good. This is all fine and dandy seeing the example of my parents, but I have had to make the choice to be a Mormon because it's truly what I want. The environment that the Church has created for youth has been something that helped me a ton! There are so many kids who are lost and don't have direction, relying on alcohol and other harmful substances to try and relieve them and it just hurts them more. I am grateful for the standards that have been instilled in me from a very young age and have helped me see that there is more to life than just the present. Having direction in my life and knowing that God has a plan for me, known as the plan of happiness revealed in further depth in the Book of Mormon has been critical for my active participation in living the truths taught to us in the Church. I am a Mormon because I want to be. I have found happiness in this church. Experimenting with not living the standards and living them has helped me see that this is truly where I want to be. If you're not a Mormon, you should be! "Come join with us" Try living as a Mormon before you make up your mind and "..by their fruits ye shall know them." (Mathew 7:20) See if you find the same happiness or even more as you come to understand the plan that Heavenly Father has for you!

How I live my faith

As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints I have lived my faith by sharing it with others. Throughout my life I have not always made the best decisions, but coming to a greater knowledge of the Savior's Atonement and the cleansing effect it has had on my life and my attitude has helped me have a greater desire to share what I know. Currently I am serving as a full time missionary for the Church. I have been privileged to be assigned to serve in the Canada, Edmonton Mission. Each day I am blessed with the opportunity to share my testimony of the Restored Gospel with complete strangers to me, although they are perfectly known by our Heavenly Father. I strive to develop Christlike attributes such as faith in Jesus Christ, diligence, patience, love and charity, obedience and so forth. By trying each day to become better at being like Christ is how I live my faith. I make mistakes and do not always do what I know to be right, and the result of those actions have made me want to humble myself, repent and follow the commandments more exact in my life. It may seem strange to some to live by a set of "rules" or "restrictions", but the gospel of Jesus Christ is all about freedom while Satan is all about captivity. By sharing this with others and helping them to see the wonderful joy that comes from so living the gospel is how I live my faith.