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I currently live in Louisiana and fly helicopters in the Gulf of Mexico supporting a gas pipeline company. I have been married to my sweetheart for 10 yrs and have 5 beautiful children. I love to read! Scriptures,Fantasy and Science fiction books are my favorites, but recently I have really been getting into American history and biographys of different American Leaders . Lots to learn I love it :)
I grew up in the church but when I was 14 I decided that I did not believe in God, that I could find happines on my own, and that church and reading scriptures was boring. So for 4 years I occasionally went to church and tried to avoid religious things as much as I could. For those 4 yrs there was always something missing from my life a sadness that I could not fill. Many a time the lord put good people in my path that tried to get me back to church and when I would go to church I would feel good inside. When I was 18 my best friend invited me to go to a Priesthood Meeting (A Biannual meeting where the men both young and old of the church meet and listen to the Prophet, Apostles, and other leaders of the church) while I was there listening to the once living Prophet President Hinckley speak, I don't even know what he was talking about but a strong desire to pray about God's existence and whether or not I should go on a mission came to me (All worthy and able young men at 19 are supposed to serve a mission). I prayed and when I prayed this feeling of warmth and love came over me so strongly that I knew that God truly lived and that he loved me and cared about me personally and that he wanted me to serve a mission. I could not deny it then and cannot deny it now. But I am stubborn (ie I would have to give up what I wanted for what the lord wanted)and a week later I prayed again about the same thing and I got the same answer. My Father in Heaven has answered many of my prayers since only strengthening my faith in him and in the restoration of the his son my savior Jesus Christ's great and living church. And as I have given up my own desires and pride and replaced it with what the lord wants I have been blessed so much and that sadness has been lifted from me. I still have a long ways to go but I am truly grateful to be a Mormon I would be missing out on so many blessings and experiences that I would not have otherwise.
The restoration of the Gospel is awesome! When I started going back to church when I was 18 I kept hearing people say that they know that this is the Lord's true and living church. I would think Living Church? What does that mean? And as my testimony and knowledge of the gospel has grown and as I grow older that term living church has become so important to me. Knowing that the Lord's true church is on the earth and that it is living, in other words The prophet and apostles on the earth are lead and guided by direct revelation from Jesus Christ everyday. In this day and age when there are so many things trying to lead us astray it is awesome to know that Jesus is aware of the needs of his sheep and is truly guiding us. We know were to turn for truth. That is awesome :)
I believe we are asked to go on mission to bring the blessings of the gospel to everyone. Why? Because we are all children of God and God wants us all to know the truth about who we are, and what our life is really about, so that we can be as happy as possible and so that we can learn the things that we need to to return to him. Plus not only does sharing the gospel as a missionary strengthen ones own testimony in the Love of God towards each of his children .But, when you actually get to see that great love transform someone it is amazing it is a miracle. You can truly see that Jesus is the Light of the world because when you teach someone the gospel and they accept Jesus Christ and the truthfullness of the his restored gospel they light up like a Christmas tree! It is one of the most beautiful things you can see in your life. So you all get edified.
My faith is my life. The gospel of Jesus Christ blesses me in all that I do. I try to be as my savior would be if he were here. I make mistakes But I know who to trust and that is my savior. I can look to him and his prophets for an example of how to live my life. So as I work, as I am with my family, with my friends,at church or by myself I try to remember the things that they have taught me and apply them in all that I do. As the prophet Joseph Smith said teach man correct principles and let them govern themselves.