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Hi I'm Morgan

I'm a medical student. I'm a former engineer. I'm a published author. I'm an EMT. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a first-year medical student. I used to work as an engineer for a defense firm and I volunteered as an EMT for a fire department for two years. I am also the author of a series of seven novels, called "The Not-So-Distant Future". I love the United States and am very interested in political news. I play the piano. I'm an avid sci-fi fan and have a passion for spaceflight. I'm very close to my family.

Why I am a Mormon

My conversion story is somewhat unusual. It starts in college when I was questioning my agnosticism. I asked God to reveal Himself, and He did--in a way that I could not deny. Once I was convinced there was a God, I began to search for the right religion. In my search, I tried just about everything. I didn't know what the LDS church was at first. Nearly four years after this initial revelation I had found a church that I was satisfied with, but the Lord had other plans. A series of events had me questioning the validity of my church's foundation and beliefs. Though I hadn't started looking for a new church, I had decided to leave that one. The Lord reaches out and finds His lost sheep. While I was searching for "Ham Radio" on bing.com, lds.org popped up in the search results. I ignored it at first, as I figured it was a glitch. But throughout the next few weeks several different searches on YouTube, Google, Google Images, Bing Images, and other search engines also brought up some site connected to the LDS Church or its members. I took it as a sign from God that I should look into the church, and I began doing online research. I read everything I could. As a history buff and engineer, I like to be thorough, so I read all the apologetics I could find, as well as the scholarly arguments against the LDS Church. I reached the point where I thought it was worth looking into, but as I didn't know any Mormons, I didn't want to take any chances. I waited until I was visiting my parents in another state to contact the church (that way, if I didn't like them, I could disappear to my state!). I began meeting with the missionaries, and my research was focused by what they said. I visited the Church and gained an unmistakable testimony of its effectiveness as the living body of Christ. I didn't know that it was true, though, until I asked honestly and received a testimony from the Holy Spirit. After that, I decided to be baptized.

How I live my faith

I stick to the basics: daily prayer, daily Scripture study, weekly Sacrament meeting attendance, monthly Temple service. I love my current calling, working in the Temple. It truly is the House of the Lord, and I can feel His presence so strongly when I'm there, serving Him and His children. I also love doing missionary work. I was a Ward Mission Leader before I started medical school, and I've "caught the bug"--I absolutely love to share the Gospel, and talk to others about my faith. I keep the Lord's commandments, and try to always have a prayer in my heart. I turn to Him in my times of need, and try to remember Him in everything I do.

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Morgan
In the Book of Genesis of the Bible, the story of Joseph tells us that self-reliance is very important. Joseph was a 17-year-old boy when his brothers sold him into slavery in Egypt. He had always had a gift for interpreting dreams, though. When Joseph successfully interpreted Pharoah's dream from God, he warned the powerful ruler that a famine was coming, shortly after a 7-year surplus. Joseph then came up with a plan for Pharoah--they would save some of the surplus so that when the famine occurred, they would be able to survive. When the famine did occur, several things happened. Joseph became a very powerful man, as no country but Egypt was adequately prepared for the famine. The surrounding territories were forced to obtain their provisions from Egypt, which forced them to pay Egypt with whatever they had. As the economy was largely agricultural, a famine had set them into a deep recession, and many were unable to pay. The Bible states that the currency of the time had failed, and was no longer worth anything, so the Egyptians only accepted livestock. When the surrounding territories ran out of livestock, the Egyptians accepted land and reorganized the people into cities. Then the people became servants of Egypt. Those who were not prepared lost everything to those who were. It is vitally important to be prepared, as this story is quite practical in its implications--we are self reliant so that we can maintain self determination. Show more Show less