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I am a college student. I consider myself an intellectual. I am majoring in mathematics in college and working as a freelance translator. I am a hobbyist contributor to several open source software projects. I want to be a well-published mathematician and professor, husband, father, and teacher someday.
I grew up as a member of another Christian church. I loved the sociality that it brought into my life, and I think I became a more ethically responsible person because of that upbringing. However, when I was in high school, I became convinced that there was no God, and that religion would be a hindrance to my life goals. I was influenced by the many scientists, philosophers, and authors that made religion, to me, irrelevant. I observed that several of the famous people I admired (scientists, writers, mathematicians) were avowed atheists. I became just as vocal about my skepticism as some of them were and are. My friends, several of them rather churched people themselves, knew that words like faith, God, church, or religion were taboo around me. About a year later, I learned that several close friends of mine were members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Mormons. To be perfectly honest, I was bothered by this. After opening the Book of Mormon, however, I started to notice "holes" in my happiness. I was incomplete. After reading the Book of Mormon and Doctrine and Covenants on my own twice (once critically, then again with an open mind), I decided that I must find out what Moroni meant when he said that God would "manifest the truthfulness of it...by the power of the Holy Ghost." I knealt down to pray very briefly and felt nothing. Then I tried again, asking specific questions and waiting silently for answers. They came. I knew then that I must follow this path to truth and happiness. The rest is history. I still love science, philosophy, and literature, but the depth of my faith answers questions that these disciplines don't even ask.
I pray, read the scriptures, and try to invite spiritual experiences every day. I am responsible for coordinating missionary efforts in the area in which I live. The missionaries serving in my unit of the church report to me about their efforts on a weekly basis and ask for help. In turn, I often go with them to teach people who will hear the message of the Gospel. I also encourage local church members to talk about the church, dispel hearsay about our beliefs, and be good examples. I try to do these things myself also. I often teach a Sunday School class geared toward visitors and new members of the church.