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Hi I'm Lincoln Bergeson

I am a person and also a Mormon.

About Me

I recently completed my service in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints as a set-apart missionary in Edmonton. It was a rewarding and meaningful time of my life, with, I'm sure, more memories and experiences to come. My service ended in the summer of 2016. Before being a missionary, I was a high school student in Utah. Throughout high school, I worked as a computer programmer, mowed lawns with my brothers, participated in the responsibilities of a large family, and practiced the piano. Music, especially piano music, is a large part of my mind and my life. My life has always been intertwined with the church. I am very grateful for this connection. Being a practicing Mormon has not always easy, but it has made significant contributions to my personality and character.

Why I am a Mormon

Sometimes it's hard to believe all of the stories Mormons like to tell -- stories about Joseph Smith, an ancient record, visions from God, etc. For a long time I struggled to reconcile everything I'd been taught with rationality and historicity. Unlike some other Mormons, belief doesn't always come easily to me. As a teenager I wanted to know if the church was really true, and if God cared about me. So began my personal conversion, which continues every day. At first I wanted to see the face of God himself and know without a doubt that He was real. But through a great deal of studying and prayer, I've learned that that's not how He works. The law of agency prevents Him from taking away our choice of what to believe. Every thing that is true is part of the gospel. The Mormon church isn't the exclusive owner of all knowledge and light. Every person and every organization has some amount of truth, and God gives us all the opportunity to search and know for ourselves what matters to us. Not everything makes perfect sense all of the time, nor will it ever, in any discipline or organization in the world. But in the LDS doctrine I've found a significant amount of light and happiness, and I wouldn't give it away for anything.

How I live my faith

When I was a missionary, I had the following responsibilities: contacting and teaching others about the church, working with the members of the church and their friends, keeping records of those who have been taught, and working with ward and stake leaders in other ways to strengthen the church. My time not directly spent doing those responsibilities was spent studying the scriptures, books about the gospel, and the lives of those in the church whom I admire. I also spend a lot of time studying Chinese, and learning from and being with my Chinese friends. I have come to love playing badminton and table tennis.