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I'm from Seattle, Washington, and now live in Utah where I enjoy hiking, snowboarding, and spending time with my friends & family. I joined the church when I was 19 years old, and my brother joined two years after I did. Even though my brother and I are the only members in our family, the Gospel has brought our family closer together and has increased the love I feel for everyone I encounter. Getting baptized was the best decision I have ever made!
I joined the LDS Church when I was 19. I was introduced to the Gospel by a good friend of mine, and when I learned about the Atonement, it changed my life forever. The day I got baptized was one of the best days of my life, shared only by the day my little brother got baptized. The Gospel helps me stay grounded and focused on what is really important in my life, and I am grateful every day for my membership in the Church. I have a strong testimony of the restored Gospel, and of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon and of the prophets and apostles today. I have honestly never been happier in my life than I have been since I joined the Church!
My testimony of Jesus Christ and his atonement for my sins and suffering has greatly improved my life. By knowing that I can be forgiven for the unkind or wrong things I inevitably do, I can move forward and continue to improve, instead of dwelling on past mistakes. I can relate to Jesus on a personal level, as He is my older brother, and His example of loving other people, no matter what their choices or lifestyle, inspires me to be more charitable, patient, and loving.
The Book of Mormon contains many valuable lessons that help me refocus on my priorities in life. There are many stories of the cycles of people being humble and strong in their faith, gaining excessive wealth and becoming vain and materialistic, and then being forcibly humbled through their self-centered choices. These lessons help me realize that focusing on money and possessions inevitably leads to unhappiness and emptiness, and that we can be most happy when we are humble and focused on helping those around us and developing our faith.
The most important way I live my faith is by trying to treat other people like Jesus would if He were in my place. A smile, a conversation, or just a hug goes a long way, and it's easier than it seems to be there for those that need us the most. I talk openly about my faith and the church with my co-workers, friends, and family, and try to be a good missionary by being a good example to those around me. I believe in being non-judgmental and loving to everyone, regardless of their circumstances, and try to show the Savior's love to everyone that I encounter.