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I am a college student in Miami. Some of the activities I'm involved in is Student Government where I am Freshman class senator. I'm also a member of the Debate team and was named the 9th best novice policy debater at Nationals. Finally, I'm the second vice-chair in College Republicans at my school. I love sports, especially college football, NFL, NBA, and soccer. I love playing just a pick up game of basketball with my friends. I also love to curl up and read a good book. One of my favorite things to do with my family and friends is go to Disney; I go there all the time to do everything there is to do because it always seems to be changing! Currently, I'm over in Compton! serving my mission. I Absolutely love it over here and think this is one of the best places ever.
I'm a Mormon because this is the only way to achieve true peace in life. Everyone understands pain that you go through in this life. Everyone also knows is that while there are many "solutions" to this pain, that most of the time they don't have the ability to provide long term peace. Once I started living the gospel, I finally discovered that this is the only way that I am able to gain true, lasting peace. Once I finally figured this out for myself, I have then dedicated myself to live the principles of the gospel so that I can have that peace, that comfort in my life. I know that the gospel is true, that this truly is the gospel of peace. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, that God still cares about His people enough to talk to prophets to guide us in these latter days. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, that He gave us another Testament of Jesus Christ so that more people might be brought to Christ. I know that through the power of the Atonement, we might be healed from our pain, guilt, or anything that is negative in our life if we would just use it. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the true church of God, that by living the principles taught by Christ in this church, any person will be able to know God and live with him again. I know all of these things through a combination of prayer and personal application of said doctrine. Because I know all of these things, I am a Mormon!
Well, I cannot answer this question for anyone else but myself, but here is why I decided to go on a mission. The most important reason I decided to go on a mission is because I love the Lord and want to do his will for me, which included going on a mission. I know that the best way to show my love to Him is to dedicate two years of my life to him and do everything in my power to help build his kingdom. One of the consiquences of that is that I get to spend most of my time helping out other people, which is a huge blessing in my life. By sharing the gospel with people, I have been able to be a great influence for good in the Lord and help let there be more peace, joy, and love.
This has been something that has been on my mind lately; what does God's plan mean for me personally. I see that there are so many benefits for knowing that God does have a plan and that it is a plan that is designed for us to succeed. One of the biggest impacts of knowing the plan of salvation is a purpose in life. In the Book of Mormon, we learn what our purpose of life is- "This life is the time for men to prepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors" (Alma 34:32). Think about it, when you have the knowledge that it's your job to do the things that will prepare to help you to meet God, doesn't that make so many more decisions easier? It helps prioritize my actions, gives me strength to do what is right, and lifts me up in my times of need. I'm so grateful that there is a plan and a purpose for us to be here and that as we strive to fulfill our part of the plan, we will find the greatest happiness and joy! :D
In my church, I was in charge of the paperwork relating to members and what their jobs were. Overall, it took a little time to get use to how to do it. Once I figured it out, it was a great blessing in my life. I learned a lot of life skills be learning how to use a computer database and properly record them. Currently, my calling is to be a full time Missionary in the church. I am going to serve out in Long Beach, California. I'm really excited to be able to go out there and to be able to follow what God wants me to do while helping people find peace in their life. I'm super excited and am so glad for this chance!!!! When it really comes down to it, the biggest way I live my faith is the way I live my life. Living in Miami, you can see ton's of different life styles; many of which proclaim to bring happiness, a great time, or success. Because I really do believe in Jesus Christ and his restored church, I make sure to choose the path that he would want me to take. Sometimes this means that on a Friday night, when everyone else goes clubbing, I'll be back in my dorm. Other days it means I have to decline an invitation to a party or leave the room while others are participating in activities I don't support. However, no matter what sacrifice that I make for Christ to live his teachings, I always know that I am making the correct one and have yet to ever regret following my Savior. While I'm no where near a perfect person, I do try my best to LIVE my faith!