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Hi I'm Gavin Woolf

I'm a missionary in Detroit, Michigan. I'm a book lover, choir singer, and a doodler. I love pineapple, and I'm a mormon.

About Me

I grew up in sunny Southern California. We never lived too far from the beach and one of the funnest things I can remember doing is digging up sand crabs with my siblings. I’ve always loved books. One of the first books I remember reading in kindergarten was “Goodnight Moon”. By the time I was in third grade I was cruisin’ through the fifth Harry Potter book. The Book of Mormon has always been a part of my life. When I was young I loved the picture verson “Book of Mormon Stories”. They always had really cool swords! My favorite part was when Jesus Christ came to the Nephites. Imagining myself in that setting brings me a lot of joy and comfort. My family moved to Utah when I was 10, and I got to have the “new kid in school” experience. Making friends wasn’t too hard because many of my friends I made at chruch went to my new school. I started choir in seventh grade and continued to participate through senior year. I was able to learn a lot about various cultures, and enjoyed developing vocal skills. One of my dreams is to be on BYU's Vocal Point, a professional 9 member men's A Capella/Vocal Percussion choir. A cultural tradition that my family has is that for the past few summers, we've hosted various performers from all around the world for our city's "World Folkfest". They stay for about a week and we've had people visit from Australia, Colombia, Bangladesh, and other countries too. It's been a good experience to share with them how our faith blesses our lives.

Why I am a Mormon

I have very deep LDS roots, while doing my Family History on FamilySearch.org I found a great story about a grandpa who was a Hessian soldier during the American revolution. Here's a clip of the story I found "It was told that Anthony swam the Harlem river in his desertion, in full uniform with his sword. He landed on the DeVoe farm with a bullet in his knapsack. On reaching America, he left the Army and adopted the new land as his own." That's a really cool story! Turns out he started a family, and one of the kids joined the church when it was restored, and lived next door to Joseph Smith in Nauvoo, Illinois. The Gospel has been a huge blessing to my family. My parents are awesome! I love being a mormon! but that doesn't always mean it's easy. There are times when you're faith is tested, and at that point what you've been taught you're whole life takes a new perspective. There's a difference between having a testimony and being converted. I won't go into detail about it, but I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior. I love Him, and I know he loves me, and you. As the missionary guide "Preach My Gospel" puts it "He weeps with us when we suffer, and He rejoices when we do what's right." His Atonement is the amazing gift that makes the blessing of repentance possible. When it comes down to answering "Why am I a Mormon?" I can only give the answer given by Peter in John 6:68-69 "Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God." That's the foundation of my faith. That's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I now have the chance every day to share with others the unique and wonderful message about the restored gospel. Six months after graduating from High School I left on my mission to Detroit Michigan. I've been able to grow my testimony as I've shared it with many people of different faiths. I've grown to love the commonalities that many religions have, and I've loved learning from the devotion and faith of the people here. The most valuable experience that I've been able to gain on my mission is a greater understanding of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and it's power to be able to improve and change our lives, if we let it. This is the message that all missionaries bring to the world. To have the Faith to act according to God's will and keep his commandments. To Repent and change so that we can remove what's bad in our lives and increase what's good. The Restoration of the Priesthood, which makes it possible for us to make sacred promises with God, that strengthen us and our families, Such as Baptism, and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, both of which cleanse and sanctify us of our sins and mistakes, allowing us to return home to God. Some people may choose not to listen, or act. They may be satisfied with what knowledge they have received, and think there isn't anymore that they need to know. Some are comfortable in life, or don't understand, or have the faith to see why making the choice to follow prophets and apostles of God is a choice that will help them and their families in the world that we live in. But to those that do listen, and act, they find a joy and a peace which fills their hearts and enlightens their minds. They find the "Pearl of Great Price" spoken of by Jesus, and the "Fruit of the Tree of Life" spoken of by the Book of Mormon Prophet Lehi. I feel humbled, and wonderfully blessed to be a part of carrying forth this gospel. I can see how it will help me to be a better father to my future family. I live my faith by being a disciple of Christ.