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I recently returned from serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Houston, Texas. I'm currently studying Computer Information Technology, and I must say, I really enjoy it! Before my mission, I loved to mess around with computers. I suppose that's why I decided to be a CIT major! I learned how to work on them by breaking them (unintentionally of course) and fixing them myself. Now, I'm learning even more than I could have expected. I also enjoy working on cars, taking pictures, and listening to and playing music. I've performed onstage with Alex Boye and many other talented musicians. I love the gospel, and try my best to live it every day!
I was blessed to be born into the Gospel. For many generations, my family has been in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. However, each person has to choose for themselves. This included me. I had to strive to gain my testimony of the truthfulness of the Gospel. This included prayer, study, and living the Gospel. "If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God or whether I speak of myself." - John 7:17. Through experience, I gained a greater testimony of the Gospel. While I served as a missionary, I saw the Lord's hand in this work.
There's no one specific reason that answers that question... but I will give you my answer. I decided to serve a mission because I love my savior, Jesus Christ, and I love His gospel. I have received many blessings in my life from being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, things such as peace in my family, knowledge of the scriptures, and happiness. I wanted to share this with as many people as I can, so that they could have peace in their lives, happiness, and the knowledge that God knows them and loves them too!
When we start making wrong choices, it becomes easier to make more wrong choices. LIkewise, when we start making right choices, over time, it becomes easier to make MORE right choices! Living in harmony with God's will is the only way to find true happiness. We can find things that bring us temporary pleasure, but this kind of happiness doesn't last. The only kind of happiness that lasts is the happiness that comes from following the Savior's example. Being 100 obeidient to God is, in the end, easier than being only 97 obedient. When we are striving to grow closer to Him, He makes it easier for us. That doesn't mean we won't have challenges or temptations, but it does mean that we will receive His help.
Hope is a sincere faith or desire for something. When we have hope, we have a strong desire for something to happen. Faith and hope are almost inseperably connected. If we have hope, then we have faith that something will happen. When we truly have hope and faith, we are willing to work towards what we hope for. There are many things I hope for. For example, I hope for world peace, I hope for a good job, I hope that my family can be happy... However, I know that those things can only happen if I do my part. I can hope for a good job, but if I don't go to college and search for that job, I'll never get it. I can hope for a happy family, but if I don't strive to make that happen, it won't happen.
I can think of one specific example, where the Holy Ghost gave me a prompting, but I ignored it. It actually happened to me as a missionary. We were leaving our house, and got into the car. I was searching for the place we needed to go on the GPS. The GPS thought we were heading the other way on the street, so it told me to go out a different way. I could have easily gone that way, but I figured it would take more time, and it was easier to go out the normal way. Before we pulled out, I felt like we should listen to the GPS and go the different route. I ignored the feeling, and started leaving the normal way. We got to the first intersection, less than 1/4 mile away from our house. The man driving on the cross street didn't stop at his stop sign. I slammed on the brakes to avoid hitting him, but it was too late. We ended up broadsiding his car, causing plenty of damage to both vehicles. In fact, our car ended up being totaled. Thankfully, there were no severe injuries... just a sore ankle and a little bit of whiplash. But the lesson I learned has had a strong impact on my way of thinking. Even though the accident wasn't my fault, I've thought about this experience several times since it happened. If I had listened to the prompting I received from the Holy Ghost, the accident would have been avoided. I've learned a lesson from this experience... when the Holy Ghost tells you to do something, DO IT! Many times, we don't understand why we're receiving a prompting, but from the accident, I learned that it's better to just follow and obey, rather than rely on our own wisdom. The Holy Ghost is God's messenger. If we will listen to and obey his promptings, we can learn the truth of all things, and be guided in our daily actions. He will lead us back to our Heavenly Father.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is incredibly simple. Recently, I returned from serving a mission in Texas. Although I no longer serve in this capacity, I still do my best to live my faith on a daily basis. I try to be kind to others and serve them when I can. I work to improve my knowledge of the Savior. Basically, I just try to be a good Christian.