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Hi I'm Michael

I grew up in Colorado. I love basketball, pizza, and hanging out with family and friends. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Mississippi and moved to Colorado when I was 7. I played basketball, football, soccer, hockey, tennis, and baseball when I was growing up. I love watching sports too, especially football and basketball. I attended a year at Brigham Young University in Provo, and I am majoring in engineering. I love spending time with my friends and family. I am currently serving a mission in the wilds of Pennsylvania.

Why I am a Mormon

I love this church and the gospel that it teaches. It has strengthened my testimony and love of Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father. It has also really strengthened my family relationships and helped me to love others better. The people in this church are amazing and have influenced me in countless ways. I know that by obeying the commandments our Father in Heaven has given us, we can find lasting peace and happiness, and we can also reach our full potential as children of the Most High God. The gospel has taught me so much about this life and what I can become, and through living the principles it teaches, I have found great happiness and joy. I have found the peace, relief, and comfort that utilizing the atonement brings. And I have found out my purpose in this world and in this life, which is to return to and become like our Father in Heaven.

How I live my faith

I enjoy attending church every Sunday and I love sharing the gospel with others not of our faith. I try to be an example to others in the way I talk, act, and treat others. I know that serving is one of the best ways that we can find happiness, and I try to reflect that in the way I live my life. I try to represent Christ to the rest of the world and act as He would. And I strive to be the best brother and son that I possibly can, because my family is the most important thing in my life.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Mormon missionaries are out sharing the gospel with others because the light and joy of the gospel incites a desire to share it with others. Imagine that you found a great restaurant or hiking spot or movie theater. You would want to share this experience with your friends, so that they may enjoy this marvelous new spot you've found, and you can all share the benefits of this new spot. The gospel is similar, in that it causes great joy and happiness in members of this church, so much so that we want to share it with our friends. All worthy, able young men are commanded to preach the gospel to all nations so that all may enjoy this happiness. (see Matthew 28:19) Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

The basic unit in our church is the family. Our families are the perfect setting in which to learn, grow, and experience joy. We can learn to love, serve, teach and learn from our family members, and allows us to become closer with each other and find much needed strength, support, guidance, and additional love. We know that in the temple and through the power of the priesthood, we can be sealed together within our families, which allows us to live with them forever. This brings great joy into our lives and helps us develop our love and harmony within our families. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

A testimony is our understanding of the gospel and is gained through a spiritual witness from the spirit of God, called the Holy Ghost. We can gain this witness through prayer, studying the scriptures, and following the commandments that God has laid out for us. You may hear Mormons speak of a testimony of a gospel principle, such as repentance. This comes from personal experiences of repenting, which causes joy and relief from the bondage and pain of sin. You may also hear of a testimony of a person, such as Joseph Smith. We believe that God restored the gospel of Jesus Christ and His church back upon the Earth through the prophet Joseph Smith. The evidence of this is the Book of Mormon, which Joseph translated through the power of God. We ask whether these things are true through prayer, and we receive His answers through the power of the Holy Ghost. Once we receive that witness, we can know whether something is true. This knowledge is called a testimony. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

God has always spoken to prophets - throughout the Bible and the Book of Mormon. The current, living, modern-day prophet on the Earth today is Thomas S. Monson. He leads the president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and he holds all of the authority needed to administer Christ's church and speak for God. There are also 2 men called as his counselors, Henry B. Eyring and Dieter F. Uchtdorf, who help to lead and administer the church around the world. In Christ's church, He called 12 apostles to help Him lead and teach the people. In Christ's restored church, there is a quorum of 12 apostles today, who act as special witnesses of Christ, and administer the church in much the same way that the apostles of Christ's primitive church did. Show more Show less