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Hi I'm Donald

I grew up in California. I love music, math, and the outdoors. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was home schooled my whole life until I was a sophomore in high school. I have nine siblings. There are five boys and five girls in my family. I have many hobbies and I love to do many things, such as building, hiking, running, biking, gardening, singing, learning about music, math, and climbing. I am will be serving as a full-time missionary in the Washington, Vancouver Mission speaking Spanish October of 2016 and I will be returning October of 2018. When I come home I plan on going to college to be an Environmental Engineer.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have grown up attending the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I am thankful for parents who always made me go to church when I was a kid, even when I would complain, whine, or moan about it. That is the reason why I am a Mormon. The reason that I know is different though. Having parents that always took me to church taught me to love the gospel and to love good things, but it didn't make me know for myself. You can't make anyone know anything, just like you can't make someone who has kept their eyes closed all of their life know what the color green looks like. Knowing is a personal thing, and I had to find out for myself and open my eyes. I did this by studying. I studied the very thing that "Mormonism" is based on: The Book of Mormon. I read the entire book on my own, by myself. By reading, studying, pondering, thinking, and praying about The Book of Mormon, I am able to know that it is true. And it didn't happen in a day. I feel like my knowledge of the truth came like a tree planted in my heart. The seed was planted when I was a kid, and as I learned more about God, Christ, and the gospel and the more that I read The Book of Mormon, the bigger the tree grew. I grew from believing to knowing. This is an analogy that can be found many times in The Book of Mormon. I know that it is true.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by doing my best to help others. I grow my faith by praying to Heavenly Father, reading the stories and teachings of the prophets in the scriptures, and going to church every week. I am strengthened by the faith of others, and I hope in turn to be able to share that faith. I love community service and find that serving others and serving with others is a lot of fun and makes me feel good inside. I'm definitely not perfect, but I want to do my best to choose the right and lift others up.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

When we break God's commandments to be perfect and we sin, we cannot go to heaven because we are no longer perfect, and we are damned and punished forever. However, if someone else volunteers to be punished and pay the price for us, then we will be let free from damnation and hell. So Jesus Christ, who was chosen before the Earth existed to save us, lived a perfect life. He never broke a single commandment or committed any sin. Then came the Atonement. Christ's Atonement included three major parts: suffering for the pains and for the sins of all humanity in a place called The Garden of Gethsemane, being lifted up on a cross and being slain (The Crucifixion), and being resurrected from the dead after three days. He allowed himself to to die. Crucifixion was a punishment given by the Romans to those who were guilty of crime. Jesus was murdered even though he was perfect. He did this because by suffering for our sins and being killed on the cross, he was able to pay for the the sins of all mankind who have lived, are living, and will yet live on the world. He sacrificed His perfect life for us, which was the perfect sacrifice to pay for sin. Somebody had to pay the price of pain and eternal damnation for sin, and Jesus did, so we don't have to and so that we can change. In return, Jesus requires us to come unto him and change (or repent) and be baptized, and make right what we have done wrong. Without doing these things, the Atonement doesn't apply to us. Show more Show less