What Do I Believe?

   I am a Mormon. A Christian. A Latter-day Saint. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I believe in Jesus Christ. I know that He lives. I know that he knows and loves me personally. I have a testimony that what this church teaches is true.

Articles of Faith
   We Believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ and in the Holy Ghost.
   We believe that man will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam's transgression.
   We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.
   We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost.
   We believe that a man must be called of God, by prophecy, and by the laying on of hands by those who are in authority, to preach the Gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof.
   We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth.
   We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, and so forth.
   We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.
   We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.
   We believe in the literal gathering of Israel and in the restoration of the Ten Tribes; that Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon the American continent; that Christ will reign personally upon the earth; and, that the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory.
   We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our on conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.
   We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.
   We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul--We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.

Why I am a Mormon

   I have come to know and love this gospel. To me it simply makes sense. The doctrine of eternal families, knowing that this lifetime is not the end, knowing that when we die we will be reunited with our loved ones who have gone on before us. The gospel has brought so much joy and happiness into my life. I know that our prophet Thomas S. Monson is a foreordained prophet, sear, and revelator. I know that this church and its gospel is true. I  testify of these things with all my heart.

Why I am going on my mission
   This past  fall I had the opportunity to attend school at BYU Idaho, and while I was up there my sister and I were able to attend the Sunday Morning Session of the October 2012 General Conference. For me, being able to attend was amazing, especially since that wonderful announcement had just been made the day before by President Thomas S. Monson.
   A few weeks before the October General Conference my older sister received her call to serve in the Washington D.C. North Temple Visitors Center Mission. As soon as the announcement was made I knew that Meghan and I could end up serving at the same time as each other.
   The whole drive home I couldn't stop thinking about what I would do, now that the option to serve had opened up to me as well. Up at school I attended the temple to do baptisms as often as I could. While I was waiting to do confirmations I was reading in Doctrine and Covenants 31:3 which says, "Lift up your heart and rejoice, for the hour of your mission is come; and your tongue shall be loosed, and you shall declare glad tidings of great joy unto this generation."
   After I read those words I knew that my time to serve was now. Even though when the verse was originally written it was intended for another person entirely. I know that my Heavenly Father made sure that that specific verse was in there for me personally.
   I have now received my call to serve in the Ukraine L'viv Mission. I am so excited to serve the Lord and declare the Gospel to the world.

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