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I am currently a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints! I am called to serve in the Utah St. George Mission! Back at home in college I was just working on general requirements, however I also played clarinet for local musical productions, and I worked as a piano accompanist for the high school I graduated from. I love to spend time with my family and friends! I'm thankful for the opportunity to serve my Heavenly Father!
When my father died when I was 11, I began looking for God. I went to other churches and couldn't find Him. Heavenly Father didn't feel personal. However, when a Mormon family from Utah moved into my area I got to know them. A couple years later, they arranged a trip for my school's choir to go see the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (I go to school with some of their kids). As we left, I got really interested in the church, so I looked up "Mormon Church" on google. Needless to say, I got a bunch of nasty rumors and was pushed away from the church for a few months. Well, after a few months I got interested again after we visited this family's house to go Christmas caroling. I then realized I was being called by God to learn. At that point, I went to mormon.org and began having online chats with Elder Bryan Sabin about the church. Everything I learned felt familiar and I realized it was all stuff my dad had taught me before his death. Then I decided to speak with the missionaries at the local LDS church, after the second discussion with the local missionaries I decided to make the decision to be baptized. I was baptized and confirmed on January 17, 2010. Best decision of my life. I finally know my Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ.
When I heard the First Vision for the first time, my heart burnt within me. I felt at peace and I broke into tears. Not tears of sorrow, but tears of extreme joy. I knew in my heart that Heavenly Father loved all of his children, and so when I found out that there is still a prophet today to guide us, it definitely made perfect sense to me.
I didn't participate in this mission, but I was involved with the Referral Center Mission, because Elder Bryan Sabin was the missionary who first taught me about the church. This summer, I took a trip with a local Mormon family to Utah to attend their son's wedding festivities, and while in Utah I received the opportunity to meet Elder Sabin. What a blessing, and exciting opportunity to meet and personally thank the man who brought this Gospel to me! He is the missionary in my profile picture!
My prayers have been answered many ways, but they are often answered through other people, very often soon after I pray. I have a couple of friends who instinctively follow the Holy Ghost, and without even knowing will say or do something that I know was an answer to my prayers. Also, there have been times where I have been upset because of something, and prayed for relief and then shortly after someone shows up and enriches my life and my faith in Jesus Christ.
I remember very distinctly how I felt when I was baptized. It was so wonderful to feel that my Father in Heaven was pleased with me for my decision. I will never forget the feeling I had when I came out of the water and walked out of the baptismal font. After years of searching, I found the church of Jesus Christ and had become a part of it.
I try to spread the gospel at every chance I get. My friend Allyson came to my baptism and got very interested because of the peaceful Spirit. Two months later (March 14th, 2010) she decided to be baptized and confirmed (I got to perform the baptism). I absolutely love seeing people gain a testimony of the gospel and understanding the eternal truths within it. In the church my favorite opportunity to serve was as the second counselor to the Elder's Quorum president. "Elder" does not refer to age: it is an office within the Melchizedek priesthood. Each Sunday during church we gather for a lesson and I help with any activities that go on within the quorum, and as a presidency we would seek to make sure everyone in the ward (congregational unit) was taken care of. There were many responsibilities, but I was excited that I got to help the quorum that helped me out so much during my first year of college. I love these guys like my brothers and I truly enjoy serving them. Right before I left on my mission, I served as a Gospel Doctrine teacher. It was a great experience and truly prepared me for my mission.