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Hi I'm Gerald

I'm from Texas. My pancreas hates me. I'm super nerdy. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I have been homeschooled since the first grade, and I started college as a freshman attending West Texas A&M University. I am a music therapy major, and I hope, when I graduate, to work in a children's hospital with children who need hope for their recovery. I have lived with type one diabetes since I was 8 years old. This is one of the biggest things that made me decide to be a music therapist, and made me who I am. I have lived in west Texas as long as I can remember, which means I've always been in a drought (until the end of my mission in California). I, just shortly before my 18th birthday, earned my Eagle Scout award. I have been a part of scouting since I was 8, and will again with my future children. Now I am out serving a mission for my Lord in the Modesto California area. It has been a wonderful experience, which has grown me more than ever in my life as I have tried to serve those around me. I love food, cooking and eating, dancing like a fool, music of all kinds, especially pub music, and being weirdly awesome. Diabetes.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family, and so I was taught about this faith as a child. When I grew a little older, I began to have questions about what I believe and whether it was true. I studied the scriptures and prayed for a long time, many years in fact, about these questions. Over that time I was given answers and assurances about each of my doubts and questions. I still have many questions, and I still pray about them, and I think it is likely I will have questions my whole life. However, the major questions I have had have all been answered and I know for sure that this is His church. Most importantly, I have been blessed to experience working with my Savior on my mission, which has made my testimony sure. I now know for sure that my Heavenly Father loves everyone, and that He will always be there to love and comfort and strengthen us through everything in life.

How I live my faith

I have served as a leader in my young men's groups often. I also was a family history and geneology consultant for my ward. I was called to my first "adult" calling as a "Sunbeam," or 3-4 year old Sunday school, teacher. It has been such a blessing in my life to work with the sweet young souls that I have. I have gained knowledge of God's simple truths, as well as learning how to work with children at such a young age. I have also been called to go on a two year mission from September 2015 to August 2017. I am very excited to be able to go out and serve the Lord's children, by teaching those who wish to know more about the Gospel as well as providing labor and emotional support to all who need it. It has been one of the greatest blessings of my life to have spiritual experiences with many wonderful people in California. I've been in Lodi and Turlock my whole mission, and have come to love all these many people.

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Gerald
We believe that the Holy Bible IS scripture and that it DOES contain the Word of God. We study the Book of Mormon as well because it adds to our understanding of the Word of God. The Bible and the Book of Mormon go hand in hand to teach us about the Gospel of Christ. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Gerald
Because we believe that service to our fellow members in the church is to be given freely. When we are all in the service of each other, we can help everyone to grow in the way they need, and we can receive more from our service. As we become more fully committed to be like Christ, through giving our service freely, we can be blessed and grow even more. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Gerald
The church doesn't endorse parties or political candidates. It does, however, urge us to be concerned citizens and to take part in politics of our area. Our conscience and the truths we know to be good and true should be the deciding factors for our voting and participation. Show more Show less