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Hi I'm Solon

I'm a husband and student

About Me

I grew up until I was 15 years old in New Mexico. While living in New Mexico I received my Eagle Scout award. Sometimes I wonder if my mom deserved an award too for all the encouragement she gave me. At the age of 15 my family moved to Utah where we currently live. I began at a young age playing baseball and played for several years. In junior high and high school I decided to wrestle for my school. Wrestling was a great experience for me. I learned to train hard to win my upcoming matches. After graduating from high school and at the age of 19 I left my family and friends for two years to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons). While there I met many people who I love to this day. What a rewarding thing to do as I was able to share the gospel of Jesus Christ, serve the people at food banks, build houses with Habitat for Humanity, teach “Stop Smoking” workshops and see the joy of the accomplishment as these people became free of an unwanted addiction. I served the people of Northern Ohio. A few of the cities that I served in were Cleveland, Lakewood, Toledo, North Olmsted and North Canton. There I made eternal friendships that will be enjoyed forever. When I completed my mission I returned to Utah. Soon after returning I began attending school at a local University where I am studying Business Management for my undergraduate and am going to law school after I finish. While attending school I met my wife. I knew pretty quick that I had found someone special and after dating for some time we were married in the Salt Lake Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah. When my wife and I met she had just graduated from another local university in Business Management with an emphasis in Marketing. She currently is a marketer for a large international company. I am currently in school, the Secretary and Treasurer for my political precinct and also work full time in management at a window manufacturing company. Some of the activities we enjoy are hiking, having dinners with friends, rock climbing, traveling, learning of new cultures and spending time with our families and friends.

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized at the age of 8. At my baptism I remember feeling a special spirit. It was one that was pleasing and desirable. I have often felt that same spirit in my life as I strive to do what is right. Many times I fall short but I have learned that the Lord is willing to forgive me of my shortfalls if I will but follow his counsel and continue to change my life for the better. I have found that this requires some exertion on my part. That to repent means to change. The Lords teachings have helped simplify the steps and process by which I can rid my life of sin and the feelings of guilt associated with sin. By striving to do better and make changes in my life I have found much strength in the power of the scriptures. In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints the Lord has given the bible and also another testament of Jesus Christ, The Book of Mormon. As I study the scriptures I find strength from them to do better, when I am faced with the decisions life natuarally brings. I know the power of the Lords words that he has given in his holy scriptures. I have come to know The Book of Mormon is true. The Lord has shown its truthfulness to me as I have study from its pages and been enlightened and strengthened over and over again.

How I live my faith

I have found that when I actually get out and do things for other people it helps me to take the focus of myself and place it on the needs of others. Today in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints the Lord has revealed through his prophets that members in his church receive callings or assignments to serve in their local wards or congregations. Right now my calling is called the Ward Mission Leader. As a ward mission leader my responsibilities include helping new members learn and understand how the organizations work and be there for new members in assisting them with the changes that naturally come as they begin on their path in the Lords church. I assist in teaching new member lessons to refresh them on principles missionaries taught them about the church and to answer any questions along the way. I also am assigned to visit on a monthly basis two families in our congregation. When we do this we are called their "Hometeacher". We deliver a brief message and find out if the are any needs that we can assist with. The Lord has revealed in The Book of Mormon that there are certain requirements of his disciples. In the Book of Mormon we find this passage, "and now as ye are desirous to come into the fold of God, and be called his people, and are willing to bear one another burdens, that they may be light; Yea and willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places that ye may be in, even until death, that ye may be redeemed of God, and be numbered with those of the first resurrection, that ye may have eternal life- Now I say unto you, if this be the desires of your hearts, what have ye against being baptized in the name of the Lord, as a witness before him that ye have entered into a covenant with him, that ye will serve him and keep his commandments, that he may pour out his spirit more abundantly upon you? It is not always easy to give of our time but I know the Lord will bless us for our efforts and that we will find the joy that comes from serving others in need. The Lord teaches us in Mathew chapter 25, "Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.". The Lord has established his kingdom again on earth. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is his church. He knows what can change our lives and lead us back to him. He has revealed the structure of his church in a manner that we may be blessed in this life and the life to come. That we can all rise above mediocrity and find in us the love to serve those in need. I know this will bless our lives and we will be happy.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Solon
Sometimes it is helpful to put yourself in other peoples shoes to understand the reasons behind the way things are. While it is not really possible to put ourselves in God's shoes we can still understand a few important truths by applying this concept. If you were God and you had children on earth experienceing mortal life you would surely want to give them directions in order for them to be successful. Since faith is a key element in our growth on earth consider the folllowing example. When we learn to ride a bike we usually start out with training wheels. When we feel comfortable(have faith) that we can ride without training wheels then they are removed and the learning experience begins. It's not until faith is exercised that a child can really say they have learned to ride a bike. While the training wheels help them to feel more comfortable they do not reflect the achievement of independently riding a bicycle. Life is much like this God has given us instruction through prophets that can guide us in riding the bicycles of life. The words of prophets have been recorded in the Holy Scriptures. An old testament prophet taught us, "Surely the Lord God will do nothing , but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets" Amos 3:7. This means that the Lord will teach us through prophets that he chooses. Adam was the first man and prophet and when righteous people have lived on the earth the Lord calls prophets to lead them and their teachings from God are recorded in the scriptures. When Christ was on the earth he choose twelve apostles who were also prophets to carry on His work after he ascended into heaven so that His gospel would continue to bless the people. Unfortunately the people in this time period were wicked and the majority of the apostles were killed and rejected. Eventually this led to a time where there were no living prophets left and the people were left to, "wander from sea to sea , and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord and shall not find it." Amos 8:11-12. Amos foretold of this time when the true gospel in it's correct form would be lost from the earth. As always since the beginning the Lord chooses a prophet when circumstances are right and restores his truth to the earth. He did in times of old and he has done it today. Joseph Smith was choosen by God to be the Lords prophet in these Latter days. Through the power of God given to him, he brought forth the Book of Mormon another Testament of Jesus Christ so that men and women could read the word of the Lord and know for themselves that the Lord has restored his truth through Jospeh Smith. We can read the Book of Mormon and ask the Lord if it is true. At the end of the Book of Mormon the Lord promised through his prophet, "Behold , I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts. And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things. Moroni 10:3-5 (page 529 in The Book of Mormon). I know God loves each and every person on earth. That he cares for the details of our lives. He speaks today as he did in times of old. Our circumstances are very complex and unique today what a blessing it is to receive His word from a living prophet for the challenges that we face in our time. I know my life has been blessed and guided, that I have learned to ride many of the bicycles that life has placed before me. God lives. He answers our prayers. I testify in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen   Show more Show less