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Hi I'm Ethan Ohl

I grew up in Pennsylvania. I play sports and love music. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a senior in high school. I am about to leave on a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Salt Lake City Utah speaking spanish! After that I will be attending BYU-Idaho! I love playing lacrosse and basketball, but I love to play pretty much any sport! (Except for hockey since I am a horrible ice skater...) I sing a lot! I have been in multiple choirs and have sung at Carnegie Hall once with a nationwide group and am preparing to sing there a second time with a different choral group! I love the way music can touch the hearts of everyone...just like the LDS gospel!!!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Growing up in the Eastern United States, this wasn't a common trait of kids my age. As I reached my high school years, I started to realize that all of my friends that were staying well-liked and popular were making choices that I was advised against by my parents and by church standards. Although I knew it was not right, I wanted to fit in. I needed to know if standing up for what I was taught was worth it. I needed to know if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was really the true church on the earth today. I was willing to accept the answer, or lack thereof. Every night before I went to bed, I would get on my knees and pray, read the Book of Mormon, and then kneel back down and pray again. The answer did not come on the first day. Not even the first week. But I distinctly remember one night asking in desperation if I really did have a Father in Heaven and if he actually loved me. Tears fill my eyes every time I think back to the moment right after I muttered that question. A warm, fuzzy burning filled my whole body and I began to cry out of realization of how much my Heavenly Father really loves me. How much he loves everyone on this earth. I could feel his love and still can. Because of this, I have decided to stand out in the crowd at my high school. Not an easy road, but by far the most rewarding. I feared that I would lose friends, and I did lose some, but I have gained the respect of countless peers and I hope to be the example of Christ that I need to be. My faith has changed me for the better and I know it is true. This is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith through example. Every day I simply try to spread the happiness that is contained within myself. I believe that this happiness comes from the LDS gospel. It gives my life direction and meaning. It gives me something to look forward to and many opportunities to be selfless and serve others. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, I am an active home teacher. This means that I visit certain church members in my area, with an assigned companion, to simply make sure that they are doing alright and to offer our assistance. As I do this, I realize even more that we are all children of God, our Heavenly Father, and that we are all one big family!

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Ethan Ohl
A testimony is what you personally hold to be true. For example, I believe that Jesus Christ suffered for my sins and that he loves me. That is a large part of my testimony. It is something spiritually related that I personally know to be true. Show more Show less