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Hi I'm Michael

I'm an Idahoan. I'm a Tennesseean. I love computers, and I love music. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm 23 years old. Before my mission, I was all about music in high school and had been in one choir or another for six years. I have played drums for a while, although I've never been in a band. I also love video games, especially classic video games. I'm a very strong believer in the strength that families and friends have. Without family and friends to lift up and support you, life is hard. Not even that - life is impossible. Heavenly Father works through people like family and friends to lift us up and make us better.  I served a mission from 2010 to 2012 in the Great Tennessee Knoxville Mission.

Why I am a Mormon

I come from a long line of Mormons, but I never really was actually truly "Mormon" until I read and prayed about the Book of Mormon. My own "conversion story" is pretty boring. I had come across some anti-Christian literature. It was enticing, since it said a lot of things that made sense. But, wanting to know both sides of the story in a classically scientific manner, I read and prayed about the Book of Mormon, and now none of that anti-Christian literature makes sense at all. I wasn't living life to its fullest until I found just how rewarding knowing that our Savior loves us and we have a prophet on the earth today. The Book of Mormon was evidence of that, and I took it for granted for so long until I finally read it and asked God if it was true. And it is. It's not even a "what if" question in my mind anymore. I know and testify that The Book of Mormon is true, and thus, this Church restored by Joseph Smith and led by Jesus Christ is also.

How I live my faith

I have been in various leadership positions for my local young single adults (YSA) branch. This allowed me to work with many people who weren't as active in the Church as they could be and thus not partaking in the salvation we knew the Lord wanted them to have. Even when not in leadership, I do what I can to help people become closer to their Savior by sharing the gospel through various other methods. Now that I'm on my mission, I'm helping people who are not only less active in the Church, but also those who may not have heard about the truths of the church at all.

What do Mormons believe about "eternal life?"

We believe that "eternal life" is not the same as immortality. Immortality is living forever - and everyone will through the Resurrection and Atonement of Jesus Christ. However, "eternal life" means living forever with God. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Essentially they are words to describe the geography of the Church. Wards and branches describe the congregations that meet each week. The difference between a ward and branch is essentially the amount of people that attend and the leadership organizations i.e. bishops hold the pastoral office for a ward while branch presidents hold the pastoral office in a branch. Wards are bigger, branches are smaller. But don't be confused some wards like in Utah can cover a much smaller geographical area than some branches like in Tennessee, and as a matter of fact, some branches and wards can cover a larger geographical area than some stakes! It all depends on the amount of members in an area. Now, speaking of stakes or sometimes districts, they are bigger divisions - they are made up of several wards and/or branches or just branches in the case of district. Stakes are led by the stake president Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

It is considered a priesthood responsibility for all eligible and worthy young men to serve a mission at the age of 18, but there are many who do not. Young women are not required to serve missions but it is recommended that they do at 19 if they are not married or not planning on being married soon. Senior couples may also serve missions if they would like. I served a mission because I love my Savior, and that is one way I can show my love for Him. I served in the Tennessee Knoxville Mission and showed my love to the Lord through helping others come to Him. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Yes. We believe in and love our Savior Jesus Christ and we know that our salvation is entirely dependent on His saving Atonement. Christ is the way we can repent and attain salvation. If Christianity was anything else, then I'd rather not be Christian anyways. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

One of the friends I had who I have unfortunately not written for quite some time once sent me a notebook with some of the notes she had taken from a Church class called "Institute," which is essentially LDS-based religion classes for young adults. One of those notes was "Of course we believe the Bible - our members wrote it!" That struck a chord for me. We believe in the Bible because our members wrote it or make up the stories in it. Moses, Noah, Isaiah, Malachi, Peter, James, John, Paul, and Jesus Christ Himself. We love and revere the Bible as words directly from God, for such it is. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Tithing, or 10 of our income donated to the Church, is a divine law mentioned in the Old Testament most notably in the book of Malachi. Tithing is donated anonymously and given to a member of the bishopric or branch presidency, where a careful, secure record is kept of all donations. This money is then sent to Salt Lake City where members of a council including the First Presidency and Presiding Bishopric make careful, prayerful decisions on how to use tithing money. This money is used to support Church activities such as building meetinghouses and temples, and paying for missionary materials such as copies of the Book of Mormon, pamphlets, and pass-along cards. It is not, however, used to pay the leadership in the Church, who are unpaid by the Church. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Mormons accept the Bible as the Word of God. It is divinely inspired scripture from our Heavenly Father, and we believe it as far as it is translated correctly. We love and live by the word of the Bible and we believe that alongside the Book of Mormon it contains the fulness of the everlasting gospel. The Bible and the Book of Mormon support each other, and one without the other don't have the full truth. Show more Show less