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Hi I'm Michael

I am a tennis player, a volunteer, a scientist, and a mathamatic, and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints.

About Me

Well, to start off I am a volunteer for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and I am in the Russia Novosibirsk mission, which incudes all of Sibeia. Right now I serve in a small mining city known as Novokuznetsk. Here we go about serving the people, and helping the curch members to grow stronger in their faith in Jesus Christ. I will be here for a total of two years, and I have been here a year already, and I have loved m time here. Of course, it has it's ups and downs, but the joy that comes from serving others has made me who I am today. Before I came here, I had a lot of hobbies. I left on my mission right out of high school when I was eighteen years old, and now I am nineteen. I have no idea what I am going to major in when i get back, but it will be something in a mathematical field. I love to paintball, and to lay down and enjoy nature. I also have a passion for tennis. I played tenis for three years in high school, and I plan to continue it for the rest of my life. I love ow you play the sport, and all of the litle tricks and difficuties of the sport. Personall, I prefer doubles, but I have played both singles and doubles in competition. My Vietnamese ancestors came over to America durring the Vietnam war, and my Grandfather actualy escaped from north Vietnam, and then worked with the Amerian government. He was on one of the last planes out of Vietam, and I am very greatful for the sacrifice he made.

Why I am a Mormon

Well, I was raised in as a Mormon, but that is not why I am a Mormon today. There comes a point in your life where you are backed against a wall, and you have to make a choice, so that is what I did. I almost decided against being a member of the church, and God, and everything reigious. So, what made the diference. Well, at first it was prayer, and the Atonement of Jesus Chist. That gave me the strength to carry on. And, when I was ready, I read the Book of Mormon. I prayed about it. That, in the end, was the reason I stayed. Everyone who wants to know if this is the true church will need to do that at some point. The Holy Ghost revealed to me tha the Book of Mormon is true, and that is why I am a Mormon today.

How I live my faith

I am serving a mission for the church in Russia, Novosibirsk. This service has really helped me to live my faith, and rading the scriptures has also helped a lot. Honsty, my life here is my faith. I am on church service, and doing service. You have probably seen those missionaries in America, with the white shirts and the name tags, but that is not like us at all here. To start off, we are no missionaries, we are just volunteers. We do sevice, and do not wear name tags (although we still wea white shirts and slacks). We help he people, church members and others. We try to do 10-25 hours of service every week. Other than that, I just do what is asked. I have served in callings (church offices), and try to apply the Gosel of Jesus Christ in my life, and to be a Christian at all times. I try to not be a "Sunday-ony-Mormon" or a "Sunday-ony-Christian," but to make my faith an everday thing.

What is the priesthood?

Michael
The priesthood is the direct authority from God to act on his name on earth. The priesthood today is the same priesthood held by Jesus Christ. All worthy members of the Church receive the priesthood. This priesthood is used to perform sacred ordinances in the church, and God expects those who hold the priesthood to follow the example of Jesus Christ while exercising that authority. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Michael
The family is ordained of God, and is central to his eternal plan. God puts us into families to help us learn and grow, and they allow us to develop love for our fellow man. It is not up to us as to what conditions we are born in, but we can choose how we act in those situations, and God puts us in situations where we will grow the most. Furthermore the family is important because they can be united eternally under proper priesthood authority. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Michael
All Mormons are not require to serve a mission. It is a volunteer mission, for those who wish to embak in he service of the Lord. It is a choice. Missions Generally begin when members of the church become 18 or 19 years old, and can last for a period of 18 months to 2 years. These missionaries do not choose where thaey serve. It is revealed to a living aposte or prophet, after the missionary has expessed his desire to serve, and has submitted the proper forms. They are sent all around the world, from the state of Utah to Ghana or Taiwan. All missionaries pay for thier own missions. They give up a lot, and receive no pay. All they receive is the joy that comes from serving the Lord. Show more Show less