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My name is Chase Sayer. My father is in the United States Air Force, and as such I grew up as a military child. I was born at Hill AFB Utah, lived in England for 2 years shortly after my birth. I spent roughly 13 years of my live in various locations in California. I went to high school in Las Vegas while living at Nellis AFB. I am now currently serving a mission in Portland Oregon. My hobbies consist of sports (favorite being basketball), music, video games, and camping.
In my life my parents raised me with the correct and everlasting gospel principles, but that doesn't go to say that I always believed them or followed them. As I entered my teenager years I began to rebel. I didn't believe the "foolish beliefs" of my childhood. I lost faith in the church, gradually I even lost my faith in God and Jesus Christ. I began making "classic teenager mistakes". What I thought was fun turned to leave me alone with nowhere to turn. I was in a pit of bitterness when I decided to challenge God to see if he "really existed" I prayed asking if he was really there and if he really cared and if he would really help me, I got the impression to read my scriptures. I came across a scripture in the Book of Mormon In Ether 4:15. It was from that scripture that I realized I had crossed that "veil of unbelief" if spoke of and i was in fact in an awful state so I prayed to God again with that "broken heart and contrite spirit" and through that experience I gained a testimony of Jesus Christ. If the Book of Mormon wasn't true then god wouldn't have used it to help me gain a testimony of my savior. For God doesn't not use impure tools. My family and I took a challenge given by the prophet Gordan B. Hinckley to read the Book of Mormon as a family within a year, in turn he promised unseen tensions would dissipate and we would be closer and happier as a family. We took the challenge and saw the "fruit"Mathew Ch7 it was exactly what the prophet had promised. So in a nut shell I'm a Mormon because it brings me joy, and I've seen the joy in others as well. And we are all in that pursuit of greater happiness and peace are we not? I'm a Mormon because it helps me understand know and love my savior on a more personal level. Don't we all want that relationship? I'm a Mormon because of the doctrine of the plan of happiness god has for us. Isn't it great to know god has a specific plan for you that if followed will bring you everlasting happiness, i think so!
I'm sacrificing 2 years of my life to serve God. From this I've seen the blessings it has given my family back home. We may be far apart, but we have never been closer. As we strive to all be close to God then the closer we are to him the closer we will be to eachother.
The doctrine of the plan of salvation is what always brings joy peace and asurity to my soul. No where in the world can offer the same answers it provides. It teachers us of god love for us as his children not as his creation. Think for a moment what is the difference between something you've merely created, and the bond from holding your new born child. There is a clear distinct difference in the type of love you have. To know god loves me as a child and not just a creation has brought great assurance to me. To believe in a loving god that desires for us to be happy instead of an excuse to throw us to hell. Has brought comfort to me. To know that god knows each of us specifically and individually and will look out for us and help us. My favorite thing is that every one agrees that god is loving and merciful. This is the only thing that is in agreeance to that belief. I hope that everyone will take the time to learn about this plan and it will change there relationship with god and there savior for the better. They will come closer to god.
I am truly grateful the efforts of Joseph Smith and the role he had in restoring GODS church. His life story is a testimony to me. A 14 year old boy seeking answers to his salvation. He was worthy and faithful enough to see many things. My testimony is very similar to that of Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, he found the words to describe how I felt. Why would a man suffer continually and have his family suffer if he didn't see what he said? How could of he come up with such a miraculous and inspirational spiritual book in the short time that he did, unless it was inspired by god? How could he have come up with such impressive doctrine that line up directly to things we understand in this modern century? These are great "fruits" to show that he is truly a prophet a god, merely a man on the lords business willing to sacrifice anything for his god.
As one whom is serving a mission I feel i can answer this with great confidence. We serve first because it is what god has commanded us to do. Second because we desire to share the blessings of joy of the restored gospel with all of gods children. There are also many great blessings that come from serving a mission. We change grow and mature to conform to god. We learn self discipline. Generations are blessed from 1 missionary's decision to serve.
Baptism is an essential ordinance with a necessity to be done by one in authority to do so. Christ said "except a man be born of water.... he can in no wise inherit the kingdom of god"
I am currently serving a full time mission, In which I dedicate a full 2 years of my life to the lord to help serve his children in any and all ways possible. However I wont always be a full time missionary, and from that point I hope to live my faith by showing how much I love it and by doing my best to live the doctrine. By trying to emulate Christ's example to my best ability to be a friend someone can count on and a husband that my wife can rely on and a father my children can depend on.