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I'm a new father pursuing a PhD in Information Systems. I'm always trying to learn more about the world. I'm also a musician, a piano and guitar player. As you might have guessed, learning is key in my life. Thus I'm always going through new changes and challenges as I learn more about the world, business, the arts, and myself. Most importantly, I also love learning more about Jesus Christ and His plan for us. My family and I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the happiness that it brings to our lives. I love how the teachings of the Savior can help me no matter where I am in life - in school, at work, or with my family.
Being LDS makes me happy. Learning the teachings of the Church, sharing them with others, reading the scriptures, and praying to God about things I know because of being a member -- these are things that all bring peace to my heart. The teachings of the Church have helped me to become more like the person I want to be. I have considered carefully the teachings of the Church and the teachings of other faiths, and I feel the Lord's Spirit teaching me that there is no better place for me. While the people of the Church are not perfect and there are many people with much criticism of our faith, there is much more good to be found if you open your heart. I cannot deny what I know to be true. The teachings and blessings of the Gospel are true. I know they are.
To be honest, Mormons go on missions for many reasons. It depends on the person. I believe the most common reason is that Mormons love the teachings of the Church and are excited to share them with others. The teachings of the Church have brought me peace and happiness, and I wanted others to feel these same things and get to know God in the way that I have - that is why I chose to serve a mission. Mormons also go on missions because they love God and want to serve Him by serving His children. In addition, the mission is a great place to learn more about God, other people, and other cultures, and have a better understanding of the world God has given us.
Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, called in these days to give light and direction from the Father to the children of men. He was called to translate the Book of Mormon, a book that testifies of Jesus Christ. He taught and testified of Jesus Christ and taught people to serve others. He was instrumental in restoring Christ's Church to the Earth with its original teachings and values. We do not claim that Joseph Smith was perfect, nor do we worship him. He was a man and had flaws like all men do. But we respect that he did what the Lord asked so that we can become closer to God through the teachings of the church and the Book of Mormon.
The teachings of Jesus Christ make family life more peaceful and joyful. Jesus taught us to love and respect one another. He taught us to care for others. He showed by His example that we need to put the needs of others before our own needs and desires. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reinforces these teachings. We learn in Church meetings how to better love and care for our spouses and children. By following Christ's example in serving others we become happy. By learning to love my wife and child truly more than myself, I have found true happiness.
The Book of Mormon teaches us that the purpose of this life is to learn and grow and become what our Heavenly Father wants us to be. It teaches that in order to progress and grow, we sometimes must face challenges and difficulties. Heavenly Father knew that a mortal life on Earth would be hard, but He gave us the opportunity to come here so that we could be better. He knows each of us and knows the trials we face. He is saddened when we are sad and happy when we overcome trials. He is always willing to help us. The Book of Mormon teaches about life after death, which also helps give a proper perspective on this life. We know from the Book of Mormon that Jesus Christ saves us by grace, but also that Heavenly Father will reward us in the next life for our good works here in mortal life. We know from the Book of Mormon that we will return to our Creator and stand accountable for our works, deeds, and thoughts. In sum, because of the teachings of the Book of Mormon, I am more able to confide in my Heavenly Father, to stay strong during the challenges of this life, and to be motivated to help and serve others. I am happier knowing that this life has a purpose and that the next life will be even better.
The LDS Church teaches that the fundamental unit in society is the family. Family relationships and bonds are the most important relationships to God. He is our Father and we are his spirit children, and our earthly homes are patterned after that relationship. We are taught to cherish our families - not only those currently around us, but those who came before us. We know that our ancestors did great things to help bless our lives today, regardless of where they came from or what religion they associated with. In addition, we believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ is available to those spirits who did not have the chance to hear it in this life. We can help them by providing ordinances in their name and they can choose to accept these ordinances in their behalf if they so desire. In my life, I have loved finding out more about my ancestors. I have researched stories, pictures, and names to better understand the heritage of my family. I have learned to better appreciate the blessings I have today when I see the sacrifices that my ancestors made in times past.
Church services strengthen members of the Church in many ways. First, during Church we have the opportunity to take the Sacrament, a remembrance of the Last Supper instituted by the Lord. By taking the Sacrament, we think about Christ and His atonement and draw closer to Him. Next, by going to Church I am able to learn more about the teachings of the Savior and His prophets. We study from the scriptures and learn more about Him. Finally, going to Church also helps me by my associations with others in the congregation. I am able to make friendships with people that have similar values. Our friends and family in our congregation help to strengthen us, give us a good example, and encourage us to draw closer to the Savior. Church services are an integral part of my life.
Prayer keeps me close to my Father in Heaven. I have developed a personal relationship with Him by sharing my feelings and concerns, asking for help, and expressing my thanks to Him for all He has done. Praying vocally to help helps me to realize just how much He has done for me. Developing this close relationship to God gives me confidence in my every day life that He will always guide and help me through His Spirit. This confidence gives me peace and hope during hard times and helps me be thankful during good times.
One great thing about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the opportunity to work with and serve other people with the same values. Each week, members of the Church meet together in a congregation, and this is a great opportunity to meet new people and to be strengthened by them. Even better is the opportunity to serve others. I like taking part in the service activities that happen in the Church, and taking advantage of opportunities to help the poor and needy. The Church has taught me to give freely of my time and resources to help those less fortunate than myself.