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I love fishing because I can get away from the hussle and bussle of the world, to enjoy the beauties of nature that God created for us all! Such as eagles flying high, the peacefull sound of a river, & bright colors of wildflowers. It's also a time which I can enjoy the company of my family that I love! We've been fishing the same river for 60+ years. I played Golf on my high school team, now I just play for fun with my family. I love John Wayne everything. I collect many things. I live at home with my Mother, Father, and older Brother, Collin, who's Autistic; with this I've learned a lot about others who have dissabillities and I've come to know that everyone, no matter what ailments we may have, that we're still God's children and he loves everyone the same! My family is awesome! I love stories of my ancestors. I attend college. I served a mission in Western Washington State, in which I've learned many things about how God works and how we obtain blessings in this life from being obediant to his commandments! I've gained a powerfull witness of how Jesus Christ's Atoning Sacrifice works in all of our individual lives; thru him all our weaknesses can be made strong...and that's just a start on its power! I was baptized at age 8. I've felt the influences of the Holy Ghost in my life in which I've had to learn to listen to it. By doing so, I've seen the miricles of God in my life. This is one of the ways I've always known the church is true, that God still speaks to us today.
I'm not just merely a follower, but a believer as well. Why am I a Mormon? Because everything we believe & do makes perfect sense. And when I apply the teachings of what we believe in my life, a comforting peace comes upon me, through the power of the Holy Ghost I know that I'm following Christ and living the way he and our Hevenly Father want me to live in order to prepare to live with them again! God has a plan of happiness for us all. Knowing where I'm going after this life brings comfort to my spirit. When a loved one dies, or when a tradgedy strikes, I know God is there to help us, and the healing power of Christ's Atonement is real, when we first have Faith in him. I love being a Mormon cuz I know when I go to church each Sunday I'll have a good time and learn! My friends and family will be there, and often I'll make new friends. I love Church ball, (not just b-ball, but ice fishing too..., yes and golf too, ...) I'm a Mormon because I've recieved an answer through the feelings of the Holy Ghost that this in truly Christ's Church Restored to the Earth through the Prophet Joseph Smith, when I read and prayed about the Book of Mormon. I'm a Mormon because I know at the day of Ressurection my Brother, who's Autistic, will have a perfect body without any dissabillities! Christ's Church is once again on the Earth, and it's here for our benefit my life has been blessed in more ways than I can explain in words!, ,
The Holy Ghost is my constant guide and companion as I remain worthy to have him with me by keeping God's Commandments. He helps me everday; he teaches me the meaning of what's taught in the scriptures. He reminds me of things I need to do or say. He warns me of possible danger by planning on attending a certain activity. He gave me words to say when teaching people about Jesus Christ and his Restored Gospel while serving my mission. He comforts me in time of trial and hardship. He gives me peace back in my life when I repent of things I do wrong. He tells me to choose the right and be like Jesus Christ! & soooo much more! While serving as a missionary in Washington, I had an emotional breakdown in which I had to return home for 6 months to recover and figure things out. I'm a big believer that whatever situation life throws at you, you have to take it and run with it! The spirit kept telling me there was a duplicate reason why I was home; while driving to church one Sunday, the Spirit told me to invite my cousin to come with me, he did so. From that point on he was re-activated in the church and I had the privelege to confer the Aaronic Priesthood upon him. His brother, through his friends was re-activated at the same time. This is a testimony to me that God loves us and will never leave us alone!
My Brother is Autistic. Earlier in my life it was difficult to get along with my brother, as well as it has been hard for him to see others his own age doing normal stuff when he can't due to his lack of motor skills. Being raised with my brother was often difficult, until I prayed about our family situation. The Holy Ghost spoke to me-I realized that my brother is still a child of God, and litteraly my spirit brother. For all reasons why he was diagosed with Autism, we don't know, however through changing my attitude through the power of the Atonement and Prayer, I've come to love him so much more and have learned so much from him and I continue to do so! He is the best example I have of loving everyone unconditionally, and living a Christ-like Life! He always looks for opprotunites to serve others, and does so to the best of his abbillities. He was blessed by Hevenly Father by being able to be baptized and recieve the Gift of the Holy Ghost. He has an amazing memory and his Gospel Knowledge is so awesome! His testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is so powerfull and spirit driven! He was blessed to serve a service mission doing proxy work for the dead in the Temple and working at the Bishop's Storehouse stocking shelves and loading shopping carts. I've seen the capacities he was able to serve in, which motivated me to want to serve a full-time mission, preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ! I'm pround to be his brother, I love him so much, and only through the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the power of the Atonement, prayer, and keeping God's Commandments, are families brought close together and can live together for Eternity!
I believe that Jesus Christ helps everyone, no matter your religion, but that the full cleansing and strengthening power of his Atonement are we able to access through doing the things that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints teaches us, becuase the authority to perform saving ordinances was restored thru Joseph Smith. Thru Faith, Repentence, Baptism, acting on the Holy Ghost, and Pressing on with might; service, searching for answers in the scriptuers, & asking God in prayer to give us strength, then Jesus Christ strengthens us in all our weaknesses and trials. I learned this while serving as a missionary: My anxiety to speak in front of crowds was overcome. Being shy to express myself was strengthened. I learned to listen to the Holy Ghost giving me guidence. I was Humbled as my Pride in certain things was done away with as I seen people that were worse off than myself. I'm not afraid to express my beliefs to anyone anymore. Through-out my life I've struggled with the effects on Tourettes and OCD, I was on medication to lessen the effects. While my trials in these other things were overcome, I was drasticly healed by Jesus Christ; these health issues are now gone! Some would consider that a coinsidence or proof of maturity, but I know it is God blessing me; I relate everything back to God cuz I know that he blesses us whenever we're obediant to the things he commands us to do, both spiritually and temporally. I testify that God lives and Loves us, and the Atoning Sacrifice of Jesus Chirst is for us, he didn't suffer and die for us for no reason, he did it for us! But we must have faith in him! Scriptures that gave me strength: 1) Ether 12:27 2) Alma 26:10-16 3) Alma 7: 10-17 4) D&C 84:88 5) Mosh 14/Isaiah 53
BE A DECIPLE OF JESUS CHRIST! I don't blindly follow 1 man who claims to be a prophet, or 12 men who claim to be apostles, or the son of a carptenter who claimed to be the Savior of the World; I do because I know those men are prophets, seers, annd revelators, and that Christ is our Savior. We believe God has given us commandments such as going to church every Sunday and keeping our bodies healthy, etc... I do these things and much more because I've recieved a witness through the power of the Holy Ghost that the way I'm living my life is in Harmony with God. I love service!!! Not just the physical workout, but because we're all brothers and sisters, in God's family. Like any family, we should help eachother. Scouting Projects, Communtity service, visiting members, or mowing your neighbors' grass- I follow my Savior Jesus Christ, "love thy neighbor as thyself." I strive each day to utilize the power of Christ's Atonement by gradually changing to become a better person. I love hangin' with friends and the fam. Family Home Evening is the bomb! I love reading from the scriptures; I do this to recieve answers to questions I have. I love talking to my Hevenly Father in prayer, I love living his Commandments, but I like improving and learning by making mistakes. I love attending the Temple whenever I can! All these things and much more I love cuz God blesses me for it! Day by Day, Trial by Trial, Step by Step; we prepare to live with God for Eternity!