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Hi I'm Max Schuhmacher

I was born and raised in California. I'm a game designer, musician, and lover of laughter. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in California in the North Bay Area, in a little place called Petaluma. In my family I have my mom and three younger brothers, and my step-dad and 5 step-siblings. And I love all of them! Some of my favorite pastimes include (but are not limited to): Video games, listening to/playing music, hiking, camping, acting, singing, soccer, reading, origami, eating, watching movies or cartoons, hanging out with friends, cracking jokes, making funny voices, hablando español, laughing, playing with animals, etc. I'm planning on going to college at BYU-Idaho and majoring in computer science. I love computers and math and all the things having to do with developing software. My younger brother and I are going to make video games in college together. I love my family more than anything else in this world. My mother and brothers continue to be one of the main sources of joy in my life. I would do anything for them. I'm thankful for the experiences I have had with my family. I am also thankful for this wonderful church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and the promise that I can be together with my family forever.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I prayed and received an answer. I was born into this faith, but I don't think that is why I am a Mormon today. I certainly believed on the words of my parents and church leaders, but my faith and confidence in this church was developed over time, through many trials. I love the idea of eternal families, and the council and support I receive from my church leaders is indispensable. Without the church, I wouldn't be as kind or as loving a person as I am today. I have a firm belief that through this church, one can come to their highest potential as a person on this earth.

How I live my faith

I live my faith through my daily habits. Prayer, scripture study, and church attendance all play important roles in my life. I am currently putting off my dreams and my own life, to serve the Lord in his great and marvelous work. I served for 9 months in the Mexico, Mexico City North Mission, and through some trials and unique experiences have been moved to the Texas, Fort Worth mission. I will be serving there for the rest of my mission. I am constantly trying my best to become a better and more Christ-like person through my service to him.

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

Max Schuhmacher
Sometimes while it's hot out, I'll say "God is real because clouds are real." While I say this as a little joke, I know in reality that this is true. I love looking at the world, finding out how it ticks, what it looks like, designs, patterns, systems, cycles, everything that moves upon this earth. The more I find out, the more respect I have for my Heavenly Father. I think the summation of this thought can be found in the words of Jesus Christ himself: "Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these" (Luke 12:27). I know that God manifests himself through many means, and that if we look close enough, we can find those evidences everywhere. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Max Schuhmacher
Plagiarism is what comes to mind when I think of the necessity of authority. Many people today take things others have created, and, without asking permission from the author, mark it as their own work. God is the author of all, including baptism, and therefore we must have the authority from Him to bring one to pass. God has given His servants, the prophets, this same authority thought time. Today it is called the priesthood. After Jesus Christ was crucified and the apostles were killed and rejected, this priesthood no longer was on the earth. Joseph smith was able to get the priesthood back on the earth through receiving it from divine visits from people such as John the Baptist, and the apostles Peter, James, and John. The priesthood allowed Joseph smith to re-organize Jesus Christ's original church, calling apostles and given men the authority to baptize. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Max Schuhmacher
Imagine you discovered the cure to some deadly disease. Would you keep it a secret? Or would you tell everyone you know about it? I feel that most would do the latter. The restored gospel of Jesus Christ is the same. The change that this message brings to people is so great, you would simply feel bad about not telling anybody about it. This, combined with Jesus's commandment to "Go...and teach all nations" (Matthew 28:19), make it only logical for members of the church to go and spread the gospel. Show more Show less