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Hi I'm Michael McGowan

I'm LDS.

About Me

I am 25 years old, and I joined the LDS church on January 22, 2005. I'm a father of two. My son is 2 1/2 years old, and my daughter is 3 months! I've been married to my wonderful wife for 4 years. I'm currently pursuing a Masters in Nurse Anesthesia.

Why I am a Mormon

My conversion: In this day of confusion and conflicting doctrines, how are we to know anything is true? Dare, how do you even know God and Jesus are there? Is it because of the Bible we can hold in our hands? Yes, the Bible is here to testify of their divinity and of the truthfulness of Christianity, but can it be the basis of all of our faith? Can a tangible item be the basis of our faith??? I dare say no, it cannot. For a tangible item can be twisted and misinterpreted by men. How can we know the Bible is the word of God then? Is it because of it's history?? Again, how do we know Jesus is real?? How do we know Christianity is the correct religion?? Is it because we were raised this way? What if we were raised Muslim?? How would we then know? I will answer these questions for myself. I know Jesus Christ is real because I have read his Word. I have felt his Holy Spirit, the comforter, the testifier of truth, burn in my heart. Without the Holy Spirit to testify of its truth, any volume of Scripture is but dead words on a page. The reason I know God's word to be true is because of the fire that burns within my soul when I read them and apply its truth to my life. This is how I know Christ is real and that He sits in Heaven on the right hand of his Father, on the right hand of our Father. I cannot base my faith on any man. I came to the place in my life where I had to question everything I had ever been taught. I had to question my own faith. In my own personal closet, God's Holy Spirit awakened my soul to the reality of his existence. I then knew for myself that the Bible was true. I did not want to base my belief on my grandparents faith or my parents faith, but I wanted to know for myself. In 2004, I was approached by a Church who proclaimed to be the restored Church of Jesus Christ- the same Church that Jesus established anciently, the same Church he left his Apostles in charge of so that the teachings and doctrines would not stray from His teachings. This same Church whose leaders were rejected just as their Master was rejected. The Church that had fallen and broken into so many pieces when the Apostles of Christ had all been killed. Yes, these pieces were picked up by good men with good intentions. But, the heavens were closed. The authority needed to heal the sick, raise the dead, cause the blind to see, and to lead Christ's church had been taken from the earth because of the wickedness of the people of the Lord. Not only did they reject the ancient prophets, they rejected the very Son of God. Jesus knew this was to be. Jesus had told his Apostles that the end would not come until there would come a great falling away. The same falling away that was prophesied in the Book of Amos. A great famine had come over the earth. A great famine of the Word of God. And now, a Church in my day approaches me proclaiming to be Christ's restored church, proclaiming that the heavens were opened once again, and that Christ himself has appointed a new prophet and twelve special witnesses to lead his Church. They proclaimed the Church of Jesus Christ has been restored to the earth in preparation for His second coming, that everything man had tried to do but could not, God himself and his Son had done. Yes, this all sounds great. But, how would I know this was truth and not a ploy of Satan? How would I be able to tell truth from untruth?! Would I rely on my own intellect and interpretations of scripture?? At first, yes. I did this very thing. I studied this Churches beliefs and compared them to the ones I had been raised with. My conclusion was my own. At the end of my studies, I could not answer whether it was truth or untruth. I had my own opinion. I also had the opinion of my family and the opinion of my youth minister. What I wanted was God's answer. What I needed was something I could not obtain on my own study. I needed something only God could give. At first, I was not prepared to ask him. When I asked, I asked from a standpoint of wanting to know. Yes, I wanted to know, but was I ready to act on this answer? No, I was not. I did not want it to be true. Now looking back, why was this? Why would I not want it to be true? I would say because truth can be scary. It is much easier to leave my faith where it was and continue in the traditions of my parents. It is much easier to trust in my interpretations of the scriptures and to trust in those I esteemed of having a greater knowledge than myself. But, I began to think about the ancient Church of Christ. How great it would have been to live in that day! How great it would have been to hear the Apostles of Christ testify with power at my door. It would be great to accept this glad message and join His church. The thought then crossed my mind, would I accept it? Of course I would. I would accept it gladly. Why would I not? I put myself as being of the Jewish faith, raised to await the coming of the Messiah. A man knocks on my door and tells me that the Christ had come and that our people killed him, and that I should join his Church and be baptized. Would I listen to this man? Would I listen when my own parents and religious leaders claimed this as blasphemy? Would I accept this message even though it would cause me to forsake the very Law of Moses? The Law I had practiced all my life? I then began to relate my very circumstance as it was today. A man had come to my door proclaiming Christ's church. How would I know he speaks the truth? I came to the conclusion that I would know the same way I would have known in a Jewish city in the days of the Apostles. I would retire to my room. I would pray unto God for that which man could not give. I would pray for an answer as to whether this man spoke the truth or whether he spoke a lie. I would pray to know if the heavens were opened once more. I would pray to know what God would have me do. With this prayer, I promised my God that I would go and do whatever he would have me do. I would go to the four corners of the earth if he would have me. I would forsake my family, the love of my life, my own religion to find truth. I would act on the answer I would receive. As I prayed, a peace and warmth swept over me. A peace I had felt many times before in my life. This feeling I had felt when singing praises to my God during a worship service. This feeling I had felt in times of prayer over the forgiveness of sins I had committed. This feeling I had felt when I had prayed to know that He and his Son exists and the the Bible was truth. The answer came to me in a still small voice. The answer that this man spoke truth. That this Church he spoke of was exactly as he had stated. This was the restored Church of Christ. The heavens were open and Apostles walked the earth once more! I could not believe my answer. How can this be?? Oh the joy that filled my soul! I had always wanted to live in the days of Christ's ancient Church, and yet here I was, living in a day when God once again spoke to man. I then continued to pray, what about all the other questions I had? What about all the beliefs of this church that differ from my own? What about them?? Again, to my very soul He spoke. Do not worry with things that are beyond you, a knowledge of these things will come in time, trust in the answer you have received. I know with all my heart that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in what it proclaims to be. I have felt the warm, peaceful Spirit every day of my life since the day of that prayer. I have awoke every morning to the presence of that very Spirit. I know nothing else in this world can feel as the Holy Spirit feels. How then, could we then know truth? As with a child's faith, I received my answer and continue to receive my own personal revelation. To trust in God over my own intellect and flesh was so hard for me to do. I had to question his very existence to know of it. The journey I have taken has given me a personal testimony of Christ, one that cannot be broken by men. For Christ gave me this testimony, and on him this testimony is built. If you seek the truth, I encourage you to take the Book of Mormon and read it. Read it in your own closet away from every influence of the world. The Book of Mormon is the work of God, for "no wicked man could write such a book as this; and no good man would write it, unless it were true and he were commanded of God to do so". Truth we should seek from God. And, the best way to seek truth as I know of, is to sincerely ask with a humble heart and with real intent. A Humble Follower of Christ, And a Firm Believer in His Restored Church

How I live my faith

My family and I have just moved into a new ward. We attend Church every Sunday. I home teach two families within our ward each month. Along with another brethren from church, we visit these families to make sure their spiritual and temporal needs are met. I've also become good friends with them! Every night before we go to bed, my wife and I sing, read scriptures, and pray with our kids.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Michael McGowan
No. I joined the LDS Church at 20 years of age. I was currently in a bachelors in nursing program and engaged to be married. Serving a mission is a personal choice. Though we are counseled from our President to serve a mission, I did not. I chose to finish my current program and to marry my wife. Looking back, sometimes I wonder how different my life would be if I would have went on a mission. I am comforted by knowing I did not make the decision alone. I prayed, along with my fiance at the time, about serving or staying. The answer we both received was for us to marry and for me to continue in my studies. Show more Show less