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I'm married with 4 beautiful children. I work as a software engineer. I enjoy singing and music. I'm learning to juggle.
I believe the purpose of life is to learn, to grow, to improve myself, and to prepare to return to God. God gives instructions for happiness in the form of commandments. I'm a mormon because I want to follow God so that I can be happy and so that I can learn and grow.
I am the Choir Director in my ward. I love finding ways to express my love for our Savior Jesus Christ through beautiful music. I enjoy sharing music that helps others to feel God's love for us and provides inspiration and encouragement. I strive to teach my children to love and follow God, and to love and serve our neighbors. I try to apply the scriptures to ourselves.
A testimony is a personal witness and a confirmation of truth through the Holy Ghost. God loves us enough to answer our questions when we ask them with faith and honest intent and sincerity. The result is that we can be confident that we are actually following God's will because He gives us evidence of the truth. Gaining a testimony doesn't just happen because we ask though, it also requires diligent searching which may include studying the scriptures and praying for as long as it takes to receive an answer, which comes in the Lord's time and wisdom, and according to the scriptures, "after the trial of [our] faith." I can say that I have my own testimony because I have tried this method and I know that it works. God loves us and it isn't necessary that we stay in the dark, especially concerning such important matters as His plan for us, or our Salvation or anything pertaining to those things. Show more Show less
A testimony is simply a spiritual witness of truth given to one through the Holy Ghost. The foundation of a testimony starts with a knowledge that Heavenly Father exists and loves you, that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world, and that He suffered and died for us. From this knowledge we build on to know that the scriptures are true, that Joseph Smith was a prophet called of God to restore the fullness of Christ's Gospel to the earth again, and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is God's Kingdom on earth. Anyone who has a desire to have a "testimony" can get one. All one has to do is ask our Heavenly Father in prayer. He knows what's true. He will tell you through His spirit that He exists, that Jesus Christ is your Savior, and anything else you wish to know of a surety. "He will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost." (Moroni 10:4) Show more Show less
It is my conviction that if one simply examines the patterns and information given about holy writ in general that they ought to be inclined to ask and pray about whether or not the Book of Mormon is inspired. I say this because the Book of Mormon is not just a book of prayers or ethical teachings. The Book of Mormon is a historical record that has a deep and powerful impact on millions of people every single day. Religion aside, a book as influential and striking as the Book of Mormon is worth the investigation of anyone genuinely seeking truth. There are very few books that have entire study manuals, curriculum, books, thesis papers, scientific research, grammatical and literary research, live performances, and general discussion entirely about its content. The Bible might be the only other thing with as much extensive literature and documentation pertaining to its writings and doctrines. The Book of Mormon is at the very least intriguing when supplemented with archeological finds, external historical information, unique writing patters such as chiasmus, and overall literary competency and beauty found within the writing. From a non-religious stand point it is impressive, but from a religious perspective it is life changing. To have a testimony of a thing is powerful, but to hinge an entire belief system on 530 pages is another thing. To be so emotionally and spiritually connected to a thing is powerful, but when that thing is a book - that book must be something more than just written words. That book must be something inspired by God, preserved by His hand, and prepared by His grace. I believe that the Bible is one of those books. I also believe that the Book or Mormon is one of those books. There is no proving the Book of Mormon just like there is no proving the Bible. We believe that the teachings and doctrines found in the pages of the old and new testament are real and trustworthy. We cannot explain how, except perhaps the mercies and merit of God, the Bible was preserved for our days. But though we cannot explain it, we simply know it. If you ask any latter-day saint to prove the Book of Mormon to be true, they will simply reply that they cannot prove it, but they know it to be true. One should not demand evidence for the bible, they should read it study it and pray to know if it is true. It is the same for the Book of Mormon. Now the interesting thing about the Book of Mormon is that it something that you can feel, see, test, and try. It is real and tangible. I am confident that if anyone who is level headed and reasonable reads what is in the Book of Mormon and then simply asks if it is true that they will have a profound feeling come over them. But this feeling cannot come if there is an ulterior agenda for the reader. If you don't want it to be true or want to find flaws and errors in the text then you certainly will not obtain this profound feeling. You have to grant the fact that all things are indeed possible with God, and that he certainly could provide something more to draw us even closer to his will. Think of the Book of Mormon like the New Testament to the Jews. During the time of Paul and Peter, the Jews were very set in their ways. They had the Old Testament, and that was all that they felt that they needed for salvation. There was no mention of 12 apostles or a New Testament in the Old Testament; it was doctrines that were added upon to bring Gods children even closer to him. To say that the Bible is all that is needed is to say exactly what the Jews said about the teachings of Paul and the apostles. Must we be so quick to limit Gods ability to speak to us? Is it not a blessing to have more of his written word? I can understand a skeptic of The Book of Mormon. Many and man has tried to con the world into believing his new religion. But that is simply not the case with Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon. I challenge anyone to read unbiased biographies about Joseph Smith and his character. Read the entries of the people who knew him and what they thought about his life and motives. What you will find is not a usurper or power, nor a charlatan, but rather an amazing individual whose life was taken in the pursuit of preaching revealed doctrines. The Book of Mormon is something that people have sacrificed their entire lives for. Its teachings have a daily effect of millions of people worldwide. Its doctrines bring peace and Joy to the hearts of the humble and faithful. The Book of Mormon is the Word of God. I have to doubt of that. Show more Show less