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Hi I'm Grant

I grew up in American Fork, Utah. I have a great affinity for the medical sciences, and astronomy. I am a Mormon

About Me

I just got back from serving a two year mission in the Philippines for the LDS church. I learned the language of Tagalog, and learned how to love the culture. My hobbies include Astronomy, Medical sciences, and Football. I played for Football for six years and I love watching football every weekend. I plan on going to BYU to study microbiology to become a virologist or pathologist. I live in a family of five brothers and one sister that we adopted from China when she was 3. I am the fourth of six children. My mother owns her own taxes and finance control business, and my father is a technical support engineer. In our family we have learned the principle of hard work, and though life has been pretty hard at times, the example of my parents have always helped me to press forward and persevere. I have always been a person of high aspirations, though sometimes I have found it to be a weakness, because when I don't achieve those dreams I tend to get frustrated or down. I always get back up again though and try until I do succeed or find another path to take.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was eight years old, I was baptized into the church at the advice and teaching of my parents. I continued in the church for 3-4 years following the teachings of the church and the guidance of my family. When I was 11 years old, I felt a great desire to know for myself of the truthfulness of the path that I was on. In my search I started reading the Book of Mormon (another testament of Jesus Christ from ancient America). As I read I felt a great change begin to happen in my life. I understood greater who God was, and who Jesus Christ was. I felt their influence in my life grow stronger as I read the Book of Mormon every day. As the months went by my faith in Jesus Christ and my obedience to His commandments grew greater. As I neared the end of the book, I came across a promise that the last prophet wrote for all those who would read the Book of Mormon. It read, "And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true ; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost". I stopped and read that verse over and over again thinking it through in my mind. I then got down on my knees, knowing that God answers prayers. I asked if the Book of Mormon and the church was true. I felt a burning and swelling in my heart that I had never felt before in my life. It brought tears to my eyes and I KNEW that the book was true and that the Church was true also. It was one of the strongest spiritual experiences in my life. Since then I have had many such experiences that have strengthened my faith in this church and the teaching thereof. I have done much in my life to help others to know as I did the truthfulness of that book, and I know that anybody who will read it with a sincere heart and a desire to know will know that the book is true and inspired of God.

How I live my faith

I grew up watching my father and mother's example of selfless service to others. I try to emulate their example from day to day as I look for opportunities to serve. I often go around our neighbors when there has been a snow storm and I shovel their walks. I also sometimes mow their lawn for them. I never pass up an opportunity to serve. I have a soft heart for others and their needs. In our ward we often do many service projects throughout the year ranging from cleaning yards to doing humanitarian projects. We also never pass up an opportunity help others move in and out of our community. When I was 17 I organized a project to send 50 hygiene kits to the soldiers in Afghanistan so that they could distribute them to the war-affected people of that nation. I served for two years in the Philippine San Pablo mission where I sacrificed all I had (job, school, money, family) to serve others and teach them about Jesus Christ. I helped families to draw closer to God, and helped many to rid themselves of addictions and become free. I was amazed and my faith strengthened to see the power of the atonement of Jesus Christ and the changes that happened in the lives of others. Though my service in the Philippines has ended, I continue to go about the homes of members of the church and others to visit with them and check that all is well with them and then I share a spiritual message to uplift them that week. In my life I have always tried to serve and live as Jesus Christ our Lord lived, and I strive constantly to do better, be cleaner, and be who He would want me to become. I always pray and read from the scriptures to try to understand His will, and the plan that He has for me. I know He lives and sits on the right hand of the Father, and that has been a great strength for me in my life to know. I am not perfect, but I know that through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, our weaknesses can be made strengths and one day, we can be made perfect as He is.

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Grant
Apostles and Prophets are key to the foundation of the church that Jesus Christ established upon the earth during his mortal ministry (Eph 2:20). When the Apostles were called, Christ gave unto them special authority from God called the Priesthood (Matt 16:19, Matt 10:1). This was the power and authority of God to preach his gospel and perform all necessary ordinations for salvation (like baptism). This authority and organization was lost when the apostles were killed and thus the church also was lost on the earth. In our time God has called apostles and prophets on the earth again. Peter himself came down from heaven to restore the authority and apostleship that Christ had established on the earth when he lived. Joseph Smith was called to be a prophet and he was instructed to give authority also to12 others to restore the quorum of the apostles that once existed. Show more Show less