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I'm 21 years old from Gilbert, Arizona and I recently returned from serving as a missionary for the Church in the Nebraska Omaha Mission! I have a mom, dad, an 18 year old brother (serving in the Idaho Boise Mission!) and a 14 year old sister, and I am eternally grateful to have them in my life. I'm a college sophomore, studying mass communications. I love playing tennis and basketball as well as piano and guitar. I want to be in the television/radio broadcasting business later down the road!
I'm a Mormon because I know that the principles and doctrines taught in this church, the original church established by Jesus Christ during His earthly ministry and restored in these latter days, are true. I know that the Book of Mormon, as well as the Holy Bible, are the words of God written by ancient prophets, and meant for our day. There is no greater peace that comes into my life than to be a part of this faith. I'm so thankful to have the knowledge that my Heavenly Father loves me and that I can live in His presence with my family for eternity.
Back in April 2010 I was playing in the regional tennis competition for my high school team. During my doubles game I went to return the ball that was hit in a tough spot. I missed the ball, tripped over myself and collided with the concrete ground. Two pops came from my right shoulder and I didn't think much of it until I found that I couldn't lift up my arm past my chest. We went off to the nearby Urgent Care and found that the two ligaments in my shoulder that support the collar bone and the shoulder blade had torn completely. They said that over time it would heal but being so young I shouldn't have that disability so they recommended getting surgery to synch it back together. That night I had so many questions run through my head. Why did this have to happen? How can I play in the state competition next week? How am I going to live with this problem with graduation being a month away? It wasn't too long in my thought process that I felt a warm calmness and peace grow inside of me. The thought came to my mind, "Don't worry, it's all going to be okay". I know that was the Holy Ghost comforting me in this tough trial of mine. The next morning we had the surgery, which went 100 percent perfectly, and after only two months, I was back playing the sports that I loved. I'm so thankful to have the Holy Ghost in my life. It has brought me so much peace in my life and has led me in the right direction since I was baptized over a decade ago. I'm thankful for the knowledge that Heavenly Father looks out for me and helps me overcome all obstacles, as long as I continue to have faith in Him and trust in His word.
I know that Joseph Smith was and is a true prophet of God. I know that God and Jesus Christ appeared to him and was used as Their tool and instrument in restoring the truth to the Earth. He was a mortal man and did have his own faults and challenges, just like you and me. He had weaknesses and sinned as well. But because of him, we have the original church of Christ on the Earth once more! Through him, the true Gospel of Jesus Christ was restored and know we know how to return to live with God again. I'm so thankful for his service to God and know that he will be blessed for his efforts.
Serving in Church callings with respect and honor, participating in and planning events with the youth and young adults, being a friend to everyone, and living the way God wants me to.