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I am a graduate student studying paleontology. If you want to know about the fossil sea urchins of South America I'm your guy (or at least working on being that guy). I have a BA in Spanish, a BS in Geology, and served a mission for the Church in Brazil.
Both of my parents are converts to the Church, so I grew up in the Church. When I was baptized at the age of 8 I felt what I was doing was right, and at 15 I sought and received a spiritual confirmation of the truth of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and The Book of Mormon. I served a mission because of my knowledge, and hold my faith in God to be the most important thing in my life.
Hope is faith put into action. In my life I hope for a wife and children and success in my career. To achieve these things I live my life according to the patterns set forth in the gospel of Jesus Christ. My interaction with individuals, and the way I perform my duties, and the activities I pursue are all influenced by my trust in the guidance of the Holy Spirit and as such, it is my eternal hope that through such daily living I can reach the eternal goal of living with my Father in Heaven along with my family.
Most mornings, even before I open my eyes, I croak out thanks for the nights rest and discuss with the Lord my plan for the day. As I move through the day the conversation continues, and I seek his guidance or assistance in whatever I may be doing. Just as my scripture study begins with prayer, my academic studies begin with prayer as I seek His assistance in understanding and recalling the information I must learn in order to achieve my goals. I take the Lord at his word when he tells the apostles in John 14:26 that the Holy Ghost "shall teach you all things". Many times I have had the light of understanding fill my mind following a plead to God for an answer, even with something as mundane as how to fix a problem I had with electrical wiring in a house. I end my days expressing my gratitude through prayer, and discussing the progress I made with my goals, and often baring my heart to the emotional struggles I may have faced that day. Through prayer I have been able to find the strength to overcome temptation, and be healed from emotional wounds I have received.
I work with the youth and Scouts in my branch. On some Sundays I interpret the meetings into Spanish, and throughout the month I help the missionaries make visits around my community.