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Hi I'm Moroni

I grew up in New Jersey. I'm an athlete. I'm a photographer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm currently a Senior in high school who is about to graduate in June 2014. I have an interest in photography and playing the guitar. I love sports but I play soccer, I swim, and I throw javelin. Upon graduation, I plan to serve a full time Mormon mission in Piura, Peru. After my mission I plan to attend Brigham Young University to major in Biology going into pre-med.

Why I am a Mormon

Despite being born a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I am Mormon simply because it makes me happy. It makes me happy, and gives me full joy to know and understand that there is a God. It makes me happy to know that despite our imperfections as human beings, we can always repent, through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, for our sins, and be forgiven for them. I am nowhere near perfect, and I mess up a lot. There was a time in my life where I didn't fully understand and fully appreciate the Gospel of Jesus Christ unlike I do now, but it wasn't until His hand helped me get through some trials in my life when I knew that God loved me and all his other children. It's extremely hard being a Mormon where mostly everyone isn't, but this trial has helped me grow stronger as a person, and in the Church. The LDS Church teaches a whole lot more than a lot of other religions. It teaches the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ which includes being faithful in Jesus Christ, repenting, being baptized by water, the laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. These five significant aspects of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is what can get myself, and everyone else back to our Heavenly Father. What I love is that I am able to know that after this life, there is still more! After we die, it isn't over; it is just the beginning of a new life with our Heavenly Father. I truly testify that this Church brings nothing but happiness, and that God wants nothing but the best for us. I have truly seen His help in my life, and I know for a fact that He lives.

How I live my faith

I live my faith in various ways. I live in an area where there are not that many Mormons, so everything that I do pertaining to my religion is an example of how I live my faith to my other family and friends. I live my faith by abiding by my religious and moral standards. Mormons do not drink, smoke, drink tea/coffee, and participate in any sexual activity outside of marriage. It's hard to live in a world where the standards continually change while you must not wane. I am surrounded by people, such as my closest and best friends, who participate in things I don't indulge in. I have lost friends, and gained new ones because of my situation but I know that this is a trial that will inevitably make me stronger. I go to Church every Sunday to renew my covenants that I made once I was baptized by partaking of what we call the Sacrament. I am very active in my Church's Scouting Program where I recently was the Senior Patrol Leader of my troop. I am currently an Eagle Scout and I try to help all the younger youth in my troop realize the importance of values that being a Scout has and how it intertwines with being a young man in the LDS Church and in the world. As I have grown in the Church I have been given specific callings such as being the President of different aged groups within our Young Men's program and also I have been given a role as a representative of all the youth in my area.