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Hi I'm Demitri

I'm from Pleasanton, California, I'm a convert, I've been called to serve in the Chile Osorno mission, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My favorite scriptures are in Doctrine and Covenants section 4 verse 2 and section 108 verses 6-8 which states: "Therefore, O ye that embark in the service of God, see that ye serve him with all your heart, might, mind and strength, that ye may stand blameless before God at the last day.""And it shall be fulfilled upon you in that day that you shall have right to preach my gospel wheresoever I shall send you, from henceforth from that time. Therefore, strengthen your brethren in all your conversation, in all your prayers, in all your exhortations, and in all your doings. And behold, and lo, I am with you to bless you and deliver you forever." I am a freshman at BYU in Provo, Utah studying Finance. I'm a California native, so anything under 40 degrees seems like extreme weather. I love the outdoors (especially Utah when its warm). My hobbies include hiking, cycling, and reddit.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up I was raised without a belief in God. There was no higher power in my mind, nor did I see a need for a God, I was not interested at all in religion. I never really put any thought into life after death or living any commandments. When I was 17 years old, I was invited on a camping trip with some of the young men from the church. The young men weren't like the other kids my age. They were driven, polite, and people that you just wanted to be around. I honestly had no idea what I was getting myself into. Each morning we did scripture study (I had never read any scriptures before). When reading the scriptures I felt something in my heart. I wanted to find out more, so when the trip ended I went to church for the first time in my life, by myself. No one told me or asked me to go, I went because I wanted to find out more. It felt so good to go to church. I began to spend more time with these Mormon kids and began the lessons from the missionaries (all of which I did in secret). And I saw this theme. That all these people are who they are because of this religion. And I didn't know anything about religion and I wasn't previously interested in “being saved”, but I was definitely open to see. So I began to investigate, I began to learn, and everything just kind of made sense. I began to see that all the times in my life that seemed like coincidences were really the Lord’s hand in my life. I could feel the spirit so strongly and I knew I needed to listen to the missionaries. I knew it was true, that it was all true. When I said my first prayer, I had barely started the Book of Mormon and I didn’t remember how to pray, so I just got on my knees, holding my book of mormon, and I just started crying. My tears had covered the book and I looked up and I asked, Heavenly Father, Is this true? And he poured his spirit upon me. I am a Mormon because I felt God's hand in my life, I have a firm testimony of the truthfulness of the Gospel restored in these Latter-Days.

How I live my faith

I live my faith with the best degree of exactness that I am capable of. Under no circumstances would I consider myself perfect, but I do strive to live a righteous and clean life. Faith is dependent upon your agency, or your ability to choose. To choose the good from the bad. Every day I have a choice of "the right" or "the wrong". At one point or another we are going to mess up, we are going to fail, and we are going to have to repent. My faith is strengthened by the atonement of Christ, which allows for infinite second chances, mistakes, and failures. It is through relying on the Lord that I am able to change and my faith is able to grow. Obedience is the path we follow when learning from our mistakes. With each trial we face and each temptation we encounter, it all depends on where our heart lies. If our heart wants to change, we will stay obedient to the commandments we are given. That is what is important about obedience, it isn't permanent, it is a choice. I hope that I will be able to meet God at the judgement bar, not scarlet by my sins, but pure in heart by my willingness to obey. Every day I choose to obey, I choose to stay away from the worldly desires that are plaguing our generation. It is not that I can’t, it is that I choose not to. I believe that agency meets at the crossroads of sin and obedience. And I believe living my faith means to be obedient to God's commandments.