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I'm a college student at Brigham Young University-Idaho who loves learning and exploring the world and its past. I love the arts including singing, theater, and sculpture. Learning is one of my greatest pleasures and priorities. I love studying communication and how others convey ideas to one another. I love being with my family and playing sports and games with my friends. And I'm a big movie fanatic and love to watch either alone or with others. My faith is the most important thing in my life, and I do my best to make sure that all the important decisions I make are made with Heavenly Father in mind.
I was born into the Church, but I had to gain a testimony on my own. I think that everyone does. Just because your friends or family are a part of the Church isn't any reason to be a part of the Church. It's important to learn for yourself that the Savior lives and that He has restored His Church to the earth. I was taught all my life that if I wanted to know if something was true that I could get an answer from a loving Heavenly Father who wants us to be happy. I prayed for a long time to receive an answer, and although no immediate answer came, eventually it did come. At first I was concerned because my answer didn't come immediately. I'd heard of people who'd prayed and immediately recieved an answer to their prayers. I couldn't think of anything that was wrong in my life that would prevent my getting an answer. But I was sure at least that there was a God and that there was an answer. My patience paid off, and I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true Church through the power of the Holy Ghost. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, and that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God. And most importantly, I know that Jesus Christ lives, and that through His atonement I can find peace in this life, and return to the presence of God.
For me, prayer is an absolutely fundamental part of my faith. Without it, I believe that our ability to live righteously and to understand what God expects of us would be infinitely more difficult. It's through prayer that we can commune with our Heavenly Father. I believe that because God is our Father, that he has a relationship with us as any loving father would. He wants to hear from us. Prayer helps us to find solace and to ask God for help and guidance. I have a testimony that prayer yields blessings and peace.
In Galatians 5:22 it reads, "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith." When I read the Book of Mormon I feel the Spirit. I know that the Spirit accompanies the Book of Mormon because when I read it I feel joyful, peaceful, and full of love! The Book of Mormon testifies of the Savior Jesus Christ, and as I've lived the teachings contained in the Book of Mormon I've come closer to the Savior and have felt peace in my times of trouble. One of my favorite scriptures from the Book of Mormon is in Alma 7:11-13 where the prophet Alma teaches about Jesus' Atonement. He tells us that Jesus not only suffered for our sins, but also for the many other things we suffer in life that have nothing to do with our mistakes like our illnesses, pains, temptations, and trials. It helps me to know that when I'm suffering, even for things that aren't because of anything I've done wrong, I can turn to the Savior for comfort and for help.
One of the best ways I live my faith is by being a friend to others and by being an example of a follower of Jesus Christ. For some there may be the misconception that Mormons are weird, cultish, or old-fashioned. However, the truth of the matter is that Mormons are in a large measure just like anyone else. We have families, we desire love and to be cared for, we want to have purpose in life, and we love to have fun in a variety of ways! Being a member of the Church doesn't mean that you have to give up everything you love. If anything, the Gospel of Jesus Christ helps us to find even more happiness and joy in life! We swim, play sports, watch movies, write, paint, build, learn, explore, laugh, and do a lot of other things while still keeping the commandments of our Heavenly Father.