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Hi I'm Michael Tonga

I was born and raised in Independence, MO. I love music. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hello! My name is Michael and I was born on August 29, 1995 to loving parents who taught me how to love my Heavenly Father. I graduated from high school in 2014 and I have been called to serve a mission in the Perú Chiclayo Mission. Other than church, I love music and love making and playing it. I plan on going to school for music after I come back from my mission. My dream is to be able to play music and touch people's lives because I know how powerful music is.

Why I am a Mormon

I have grown up in this church since I was born. Growing up, I have been taught many principles that are based on the faith in God and Jesus Christ. Throughout my childhood and teenage years, I've seen how being obedient to the direction of my parents has greatly benefited my life. My parents have always been active in the faith and as President Ezra Taft Benson once said, I don't remember a time in my life where I didn't believe in Jesus Christ. As I reached my older teenager years, it became necessary for me to gain a personal testimony of the gospel and all of the doctrines I've learned for my whole life. When I was 16 I received a Patriarchal Blessing, which is a special blessing that is given to a person through a man called as a Patriarch, or a man called of God to bestow these personal blessings. These blessings include a lineage of the Twelve Tribes of Israel and which tribe one belongs to and also contains direction and guidance from Heavenly Father. Before I received my blessing, there was a certain addiction that kept me away from the Holy Ghost and I decided when I was able to overcome that addiction, I would receive my blessing. After I was able to overcome that addiction and received my blessing, there was one phrase that the patriarch said that I won't ever forget. He mentioned my addiction. Not in detail, but just enough detail to give me guidance to what Heavenly Father needed me to do. At that moment, when he said that, I knew the gospel was true. I knew that man did not know of my addiction, but he was inspired by the Holy Ghost to say those words to me. I am a Mormon because I know God lives. He is a part of my life every day. I know He sent His Son to live and die for me. I know the Book of Mormon to be the word of God. It truly testifies of Jesus Christ and proves his divinity true. And when I say I know these things to be true, I have experienced God's love for me to be able to testify to me that these things are true.

How I live my faith

In the Book of Mormon, King Benjamin in the book of Mosiah, teaches us an important lesson about service. Mosiah 2:17 reads, "And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God." Service has always been taught to me in my life and I live my faith by giving service to others in and out of my faith. I believe every person has great worth in the eyes of Heavenly Father and I try my best to see the best in people and do what I can to serve them to show not only them my love, but my Father, as well. In the church, I am currently a teacher for the 11-12 year old children in the church in an organization called Primary. I love teaching the kids and I've been teaching since September 2014. I also am a home teacher, which is a calling where members of the church visit families in the church and teach them a lesson and serve them in anyway possible.