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I enjoy reading science fiction, comics, and I also play RPG's, i.e. role-playing games, like D&D and L5R. I'm basically a geek/nerd. I program websites for a living, and am happily married. I also have a Pembroke Welsh Corgi and a Wire-haired Dachshund.
I am Mormon because I know it's true. How do I know? Because I read the Book of Mormon and asked God if it was true. Through the power of the Holy Ghost, I know it is true. I was raised LDS, but like everyone, there comes a time when you must question and challenge the ideas and precepts you were taught. Everytime when I've had questions, I've gone to God and asked him for wisdom and answers. Every time I have done this, I have received a clear, reasoned, answer. I am Mormon because prayer works. I believe it is important to question our own assumptions... as long as you go to the one source of all Truth. It isn't a matter of blind faith. My faith is not blind. In the Bible, it says faith is the SUBSTANCE of things hoped for and the EVIDENCE of things not seen. That is the essence of my faith. It is substantial and real.
I try to pray every day. I'm not perfect at it, and when I don't pray and I try to rely on my own strength, alone, I feel like I'm paddling a canoe against the current. Sometimes it feels like the more I paddle, the more the everyday obstacles of life push me back that much further. When I remember to pray, my days go so much better. I literally feel strengthened. I receive a capacity beyond my own abilities, and I know it comes from God.
The Book of Mormon helps me understand Christ's mission. It also helps me know that God loves all of his people, and wants to further establish the message of Christ. The Book of Mormon explains why we are here, why bad things sometimes happen to good people, and how believing in Christ can see us through the hard times. That's probably the biggest thing right there. When I am feeling down or if I feel alone, I read the Book of Mormon, and I feel that God is near and that he loves me.
I try to treat others as Christ would. I try to help people whenever possible. I try to make others' experiences more positive. Sometimes, I fail... so I am definitely a work in progress. I am a financial clerk for my local Ward and help make sure that tithing and other funds are treated with respect, confidentiality, and kept secure. I also teach sunday school for teenagers aged 14-18. I learn A LOT from them, and enjoy working with them and helping to answer their questions.