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Hi I'm Hovan

I love the outdoors and learning new things. I've been called to the Chile Osorno Mission. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love exploring and enjoying God's creations through hiking and camping. Two of my favorite natural places are Arches and Grand Teton National Parks. I'm an Eagle Scout and am grateful for all the knowledge, skills, values, and good memories that Scouting has given me. I also enjoy running and playing the piano. I like learning about other cultures, especially through cooking international food. I enjoy attempting to play tennis with my brother and friends. I love learning and experiencing new things (including history, music, art, languages, and cooking), so I've enjoyed the experience that I've had over the past year of attending Brigham Young University. I'm excited for the opportunity I have to spend two years serving my Savior and the people of Chile as a full-time missionary in the Chile Osorno Mission.

Why I am a Mormon

As members of the Church, we aren't asked to blindly believe our leaders. We're asked to find out for ourselves if this really is Christ's church by praying to God and living the Gospel to test if it really does bless and strengthen us. I'm a member of this Church because I've asked God for myself to know if these things are true. The Holy Ghost strongly witnessed to me then and many times since that it IS. I know that God is my Heavenly Father and that He loves me more than I can comprehend, because I have felt that love. I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior and that Joseph Smith was His tool to bring His Church back to the earth. Many churches have much good in them and do much to help others, but I know that there is only one Church that has the complete truth and priesthood power of God that lets us come back to His presence. This is why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

As a member of my local congregation, I serve as a home teacher, which means that every month, I visit and serve several families with another brother. We ask them if there's anything we can help them with and share a message. I also try to find opportunities to help others in little ways everyday, because service is the essence of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I will dedicate the next two years of my life to serving others as a missionary. Missionaries serve others in many ways, including service projects and helping them to find lasting happiness and peace through following their Savior.

In whom should we have faith?

Hovan
We must have faith in Jesus Christ and the power of His atonement (His sufferings and death). This is because Jesus Christ is the only one that has the power to forgive us, cleanse us, make us better, and bring us lasting peace and happiness. We can't gain these things on our own. We desperately need Him. To have faith isn't to just believe in something, it is to believe and then act on that belief. Having faith on Jesus Christ means that we obey His commandments, which is a way to show that we love Him (John 14:15), and show through our actions that we really believe that the Atonement can cleanse us from sin and make us better. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon temples? What goes on in Mormon temples?

Hovan
We believe that temples are the most sacred places on earth. They are literally houses of God and His presence is there. The temple is where God gives His children the greatest blessings available on this earth. God wants all of His children to enter the temple, but they must prepare themselves before they can enter. In the same way that someone cannot take college courses until they have taken prerequisite classes, one must first prepare him or herself through living in obedience to God's commandments and receiving preliminary ordinances such as baptism. Doing these things first allows us to really understand what happens there and to gain all the blessings God wants to give us there. Nothing that happens in the temple is secret; it is sacred. As stated earlier, anyone can learn what happens inside if they prepare themselves. Though only those who have prepared themselves can come inside, anyone can visit the temple grounds and feel the sacred spirit that is there. Also, before a temple is officially dedicated, a special open house is held in which anyone can come inside the temple and learn more about the holy things that happen inside. To learn more about temples and the times and locations of open houses, go to this site: https://www.lds.org/church/temples?lang=eng Show more Show less