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Hi I'm Connor Ward

I grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I love to read, run, road bike, and spend time with my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm currently serving a two year mission for the church in the countries of Albania, Kosovo, and Macedonia. I love to read and exercise, especially playing volleyball, running, biking, and hiking. I'm also love water skiing and snow skiing. In the summer my family loves to take our boat on early mornings skis through the slalom course on the lake by our house. When I get back from my mission I plan on studying Molecular Biology and hope to go to medical school someday to become a surgeon. I love science and math, although I could never say no to a good book.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I love the joy that the gospel brings. Every time I go to church, pray, or read the scriptures I am able to feel God's love for me. I love how the church focuses on service and helping those around us in need. When I serve I become so much happier than I could ever be if I was only thinking about myself. Being a Mormon has taught me to change my focus in my life. Instead of focusing on my needs, I look for opportunities to bless the lives of others. This has changed my life and helped me become a better family member, friend, and child of God. Growing I have worked to learn for myself that the gospel is true. One of the best ways to do this is to read the Book of Mormon. As I have done this I have been able to grow to understand my Heavenly Father better and been able to feel the truth of the words and message of the book. I know that the Book of Mormon is a divinely inspired record that Joseph Smith, a prophet of God, translated. I know that we have living prophets on the Earth today. I also know that God is our loving Heavenly Father and that Jesus Christ is our older brother and loves us. This knowledge is among my most sacred possessions and I am so grateful for the guidance I can receive from living prophets, scripture, and my Heavenly Father.

How I live my faith

I live my faith through making small choices each day that bring me closer to our Heavenly Father. These include praying each morning and night, reading from the scriptures, and looking for opportunities to serve those around me. I also love to do Family History work! Before my mission I helped other members in my local church group to find names of their ancestors and showed them how amazing family history work can be. I love the joy of finding a name of an ancestor, their picture, or learning more about their stories. I am also serving a two year church mission in Albania, Kosovo, and Macedonia. I will share the gospel and serve the people of these countries.

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Connor Ward
The Book of Mormon was written by ancient prophets who lived on the American continent. It tells the history of a people who left Jerusalem around 600 B.C. and by following God's commands came to the Americas. Just as God called prophets for his children in Jerusalem, he also called prophets to minister to these people. The Book of Mormon contains the writings of these prophets and of other record keepers. These prophets prophesy of Jesus Christ, teach about his Atonement, and helped the people then, and those who read it now, come to understand God and Jesus Christ better. The Book of Mormon also contains an account of Jesus Christ appearing to the people in America after his resurrection, teaching them, and establishing His Church. The people the book is written about eventually became wicked and the Book of Mormon was buried by Moroni, the last prophet to write in the book. The book is named after Moroni's father, Mormon, who helped to compile the records the people had kept into the book we now consider the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Connor Ward
Tithing is used to help fund the Church and all of it's operations. For example, tithing money is used to build and maintain temples, chapels, and other church buildings. It also helps fund the missionary programs, which is an important way for the Church to share the gospel with everyone and to give service to those in need. Tithing is also used for temple work, family history (familysearch.org, a database of genealogical records is available free to anyone) and other Church programs such as education. Tithing is also used to support the local units of the Church. This money helps provide programs for boys and girls from ages 8-18. Show more Show less