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I am currently going to college and working towards a degree in Business Management. I have numerous hobbies: I really enjoy playing both the piano and guitar. Music is something that comes naturally to me and has always been a big part of my life. In addition, I really like playing and watching sports - football, basketball, tennis, etc. Thanks in large part to serving an LDS mission, I am able to speak both English and Spanish. One of the greatest blessings in my life occurred recently - I was married and sealed to my wife for time and all eternity. We are just starting out our family and look forward to living our lives together.
It's always been easy for me to accept the Church and its teachings. I can't remember any period of my life where I've doubted or thought for one second it couldn't be true. Having said that, however, there have been multiple times where I have desired a confirmation of my testimony directly from Heavenly Father. I remember a specific moment when I was serving my LDS mission in Nicaragua. It was late at night and I was laying in bed, unable to go to sleep. I found myself pondering over what we were teaching people; I came to the realization that even though we were encouraging others to pray about the Church and to ask God if it was true, I, myself, had failed to do this on a regular basis - I never felt like there was a direct need and I never properly understood how I was to receive an answer to my prayers. I had read the scriptures, prayed, and attended church meetings all my life and never questioned what I was taught or what I had learned. But I desired to feel what our investigators felt. I wanted to feel the peace and comfort from God - a reassurance that I was, in fact, doing His work and doing what He needed me to do. With this desire in mind, I got out of bed, kneeled down, and offered up one of the most sincere prayers I have offered to date. I asked Heavenly Father specifically if the Church was true; if Joseph Smith was a prophet and did, in fact, restore God's Church to the earth; if the Book of Mormon is true scripture; and if we are led by living prophets today. All came back in the affirmative. Following each question was a feeling of peace and joy that only can be attributed to the Spirit. Though my belief never wavered, I knew at that instant that God was pleased with who I was and what I was doing. He was aware of me and blessed me with answers to my questions. I often reflect on this experience and am grateful that I know, without a single doubt, that this is God's church. I have seen miracles because of it. I have seen countless lives change including my own. I am eternally grateful to live in this day and age where we have living prophets to communicate with God, just as they did in ancient times.
Many people wonder why we believe in the Book of Mormon if we also believe in the Bible; during my mission in Nicaragua we answered this question countless times. Just as the Bible testifies of Christ, so does the Book of Mormon. In reading, studying, and praying about the Book of Mormon I have developed an unshakable faith in my Savior and Redeemer. Everything in that book testifies of Christ and His infinite sacrifice. I know that the Book of Mormon is inspired writing from God. No man could have written what it contains without being under the direct influence of the Spirit. As I read and ponder its messages, my faith in God grows and I feel closer to Him.
I make a conscious effort every Sunday, first and foremost, to make it to Church meetings at least a few minutes early. I feel arriving early to these meetings allows me to get myself in the correct state of mind to allow myself to be taught by my Heavenly Father. In doing so, I am left with feelings of love, comfort, and humility. As I go about the rest of my week, I have noticed that when I have properly prepared myself for Sunday that these feelings remain with me throughout the week. I feel rejuvenated and ready to accomplish tasks or problems that may come my way. I am much more prepared for the trials that lie ahead. I also seek to participate in activities that the ward has. I play basketball weekly with people from the ward, allowing me to meet new people and establish deeper friendships with others.