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Hi I'm Michael Esplin

I grew up in Utah. I became a Eagle Scout within the Boy Scouts of America. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm currently serving a mission for the LDS church. I enjoy mathematics and science in school and enjoy reading and various sports activities. I've achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America and try to push others to do the same.

Why I am a Mormon

My continuous attendance in the church is based on the great experience I receive. Its a place of refuge and hope, where you can meet with those wanting to become better by edifying one another. The topics discussed are often simple to the point a child can understand them and are thrilled to share their love the gospel brings. I know that I've received no greater amount of joy or reassurance than within the LDS church. Without the light of hope it offers I would be lost in the darkness and confusion that is our world today. The church is all based on Jesus Christ and that by our best efforts to be obedient and willing to follow what God asks of use, then through Christ's atonement and grace we are saved.

How I live my faith

As I've grown up in the church many service opportunities have come up. First when I was in the 12-13 year old group, I served as a counselor. My more memorable service was when I was 1st assistant to the bishop within the 16-17 year old group. Both services require you to coordinate meetings and always keep those of your age in mind as to how you can help them. Another great opportunity is while I'm in the 16-17 year old group you can teach the lesson which is how one can prepare for religious service which many young men and women do by the time they graduate and are 18-19 years old.

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Michael Esplin
The plain answer to why we abstain from using coffee, tea, and alcohol based on obedience to God's command. It is explained within the book of Doctrine and Covenants that the prophet Joseph Smith received revelation from God that members shouldn't have the listed substances (Tobacco, Alcohol, Coffee, Tea, and illegal drugs). Just based on modern science and medical studies show that those who don't use drugs or alcohol will live longer. My reason for choosing to not use these substances is I don't want and addiction to something that can cost so much money that it could run you bankrupt. Its extreme, but can happen gradually. We're promised from God that if we obey this commandment that we will be blessed spiritually and physically. In regards to trivial "break offs" of these substances such as energy drinks becomes more of a personal decision. You can ask God whether he be against you drinking the certain item. Show more Show less