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Hi I'm Deaton

I was adopted into the family I have now. I grew up in a small town in Kentucky with very few members and, yeah, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Like I said, I was adopted and I was fortunate enough to be adopted into a family that was very devout in their beliefs. I have been a member on record all my life and, in reality, probably only a few years. For years, I would just go through the motions. I'm sure a lot of you have had similar feelings. There was a period in my life where I just let the world's teachings get to me. I still went to church to please my parents, but it was all an act. I went, tried not to fall asleep in Sacrament, acted like I was paying attention to the lessons and went home. There was a period of time where I even just quit going to church. No one thought anything of it because I could act like nothing was wrong. Recently, I began the repentance process and I think EFY (Mormon Camp as my friends call it) was where I really understood what I was doing was wrong and that I needed to clean up. I am currently counting the days to report to the Missionary Training Center.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I believe in the Plan of Salvation. I believe that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the true church of God. I believe that this church is the only church with the fully restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. Don't get me wrong, I'm not bashing other churches. I believe that there are some churches that have their hearts in the right place, but they do not have the Priesthood. The Priesthood is the authority and power to act in God's name. I have seen it's power and I testify that it is real. Thomas S. Monson is a latter-day Prophet, Seer, and Revelator. We do have Apostles in modern times and the organization is the same yesterday, today, and forever. I know that I should have never felt peace when my father passed away, but I felt it. The Holy Ghost was with me that day comforting me and still is. The Book of Mormon is true. I have read it and even when I was agnostic, I still believed its words. There is nothing and no one that can tell me otherwise. I'd advise anyone who hasn't read it to read it and know of a surety that it is another testament of Jesus Christ. I am so thankful that Jesus Christ suffered and bled and died for my sins and mistakes because I've made plenty of them. I love this Gospel and I cannot wait to share it with the world. I have never had a better experience than I had at EFY. It was worth everything. I testify these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior and Redeemer of Man, Amen.

How I live my faith

Where I'm from, there aren't a lot of members. The Branch I attend is slowly growing in numbers, but not nearly enough as it should for the region it covers. The Branch covers about five counties and up until recently, we would usually have about twenty maybe thirty people attending. Lately, we have had near the sixties. But, I try to do what I can to be a good example for the people around me. Most people around here have a very limited knowledge about Mormons and I try to inform them better. Every day is a teaching moment as more and more people learn that I am going on a two-year mission for my church in a few months. I don't like to push religion on anyone when I am not a full-time missionary yet, but if someone asks about it, I always answer.