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Hi I'm Porter

I'm a Farm Kid From Idaho. I'm a Family History Junkie. I'm a Country Music Kinda Guy. I'm a Missionary in Germany. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a small town farm kid from Idaho. The "City" that I live in has about 200 people on a good day. I say city but it is more of an area with a name. I have two siblings in my family (a younger brother, and an older sister), and we tend to keep my mom and dad on their toes. My dad owns a farm, so naturally I grew up helping and learning how to work on a farm. My mom is a school teacher, so grades were very important in school. I love to run long distance. I ran cross country and track. I also love doing Family History. Let me explain that a little better. I love going to the temple, and I have learned how to effectively find names that I can take to the temple through FamilySearch.org. To date, I have found over 3000 names to take to the temple. I also claim the privilege of being a total math nerd. I participated in math competitions in high school (real original, I know) but I enjoyed it, and I had a great time. Also go with math, I was a proud member of FFA (Future Farmers of America club) and I attended the state competition for Soil and Land Evaluation all four years of high school. My high school had 206 students (whole school, not just my class) and I graduated in 2015. I received my mission call to serve in the Germany Berlin Mission. I love serving the people of Germany. Some of my other hobbies include eating, listening to music, learning German, pretending I can play piano, and just having fun with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are Latter-Day Saints. Because of this, I was raised in the church. I attended primary where I was able to learn about my Savior, Jesus Christ, and his teachings. I was also able to learn about God and his plan for us to return to live with him again. I find comfort and joy in the knowledge that I have a Father in Heaven that loves me and a brother, Jesus Christ, that is willing to be sacrificed so that I can return to live with God. I love the gospel and its teachings. I love the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the happiness that I receive when I live by the standards set by the Lord. I choose to be a Latter-Day Saint and obey God's commandments so that I can return to live with my Father in Heaven once again. I have discovered through service to others, as well as seeing others examples, that as people, live the gospel, they tend to be happier. For a long time in my life, I wasn't very happy. Through scripture study and talks given by our church leaders I was able to discover how to be happier. I asked specific questions before I started studying, I prayed and asked God, and as I studied, I watched and listened for the answers to my questions. Over time, I was able to find exact answers to the questions I had. Some of the answers came from others around me. My friend and I attended a conference where one of my exact questions was addressed in a talk. It was one of the first things the speaker said, and my friend and I almost busted out laughing, because it was so bluntly answered in the exact way I needed it. It is obvious that God knows everything, and that he is willing to answer any question we have, so long as we approach him correctly and do our part in finding the answer. He will lead us to where we need to search, and through the Holy Ghost, we can know of the truthfulness of the answer we receive. I have had so many questions answered, and I know that as long as I ask, God will help me find what I am looking for.

How I live my faith

I go to Church. Read the Scriptures. Obey the council of the Prophet and the Quorum of the Twelve. I follow the commandments. Along with the "primary answers" I strive to invite others to come unto Christ and receive joy through having faith on Jesus Christ, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. By focusing my efforts on helping others through serving and teaching, I can know for myself that this is the true Church upon the face of the earth in these latter days. I also attend the temple as often as I can. In the temple, the House of the Lord, I can make covenants with my Father in Heaven that strengthen my belief in him as well as in My Savior, Jesus Christ. I also strive to have the companionship of the Holy Ghost wherever I go. By having the Holy Ghost with me, I can help others feel God's love and recognized God's hand in their life. I am currently a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I have the opportunity every day to live my faith in the way that I am obedient to mission rules, study the scriptures, offer service to others, and invite other to come unto Christ. Often there are rules or commandment that are hard to live, especially on a mission. But whether it is something small like morning exercise, or something big like speaking German from 9am to 9pm (for our mission) the test is always the same. Obedience is the test of this life, and the best way for me to show my faith in the gospel is to simply live obediently. When I don't understand why we are asked to do something in the church, I can ask. It is not wrong to question. But, I am willing to try so that I can know for myself the importance and the blessings that come with keeping commandments and rules. I also live my faith through simply being happy. God made us to be happy, and as we strive to live the gospel, we can find true happiness. I am so excited when I receive a blessing or see a miracle, and I can't help but be happy.

What is faith?

Porter
The scriptures describe faith as believing in something that you cannot see. (Alma 32:21). Faith is expressed in the way we live. We believe that our faith should be focused on Jesus Christ. He is the son of God, and through him we can return to live with God once more. Faith is shown in action. For example, if someone has faith that a seed will grow, they will plant it, nurture it, and help it develope. If the person doesn't plant the seed, it will never grow. We can develope our faith in Jesus Christ by learning of him in the scriptures, following his commandments, and exercise repentance. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Porter
The missionaries will simply teach about Jesus Christ. They will offer you a book called the Book of Mormon, and will invite you to read in it. The missionaries simply guide people to find answers and discover truth for themselves. The missionaries are people that have discovered truth, and seek to share what they have learned with others. Show more Show less