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I have lived in Utah my whole life. I'm currently serving in the Florida Tallahassee Mission. I love sports, especially football, snowboarding, and Capoeira. I also like to play rugby when there's enough people who know how to play it (which isn't all that often). I LOVE college football and I'm a die hard Utah Utes fan. I'm also big into music and I play the bass guitar, and most recently, the ukuklele. I like being outside most of the time and being really active.
I was born in the church, but it wasn't until a few years ago that I really gained a testimony of it. I realized I had to know for myself if it was true or not, and I couldn't just 'borrow' my parents testimonies. I prayed to know for myself if the Book of Mormon is true, and I received an undeniable impression that it was. The more I read the Book of Mormon, the more I love it. Over the course of my mission, I've gained a much bigger appreciation for the church and the gospel than I've ever had before. Basically, I'm a Mormon because I know the Book of Mormon is true.
The Book of Mormon has made all the difference for me as far as living the gospel. Before I came out on my mission I had read the Book of Mormon a couple times, but I wasn't very consistent about it. After being on my mission however, I’ve realized there’s a very tangible difference between the times I’m reading it every day and when I’m not. When I miss reading it, things just don’t seem to go well and I feel ‘lost’ for lack of a better word. However, when I am reading and studying it every day, I’m happier, I love the people around me more, and life’s trials don’t get to me like they used to; I’m more optimistic and I feel a sense of guidance. So pretty much, I can’t afford to not read the Book of Mormon every day.
Having grown up in the church, I was raised knowing about the gospel and it made me happy, but I took a lot of its blessings for granted. Things like the Plan of Salvation/Happiness were kind of 'second nature' to me, and I didn't appreciate it as much as I do now. From the time I was little, I knew that families could be together forever and, as bad as it sounds, it didn't seem as special to me at the time. After being on my mission however, and seeing the light that comes into peoples lives when they learn that they can be with their family for eternity, and not just this life, really had an impact on me. Seeing their enthusiasm and excitement about it has kindled a greater appreciation for it in my own life. We all need people, especially our families, even if we don't want to admit it sometimes, and the Plan of Salvation is what allows us to always be with those people who help us become the kind of person we want to be. Knowing that the family can last forever is something that has given my life more meaning. Knowing that my parents will ALWAYS be my parents, that my siblings will ALWAYS be my siblings is the greatest gift I can imagine. Knowing that when a loved one dies, it wont be the last time I get to see them gives me the reassurance to keep going. I love it.
Before I left on my mission, I taught the nine and ten year olds at church. I was nervous at first, but it ended up being one of the best experiences I've had serving in the church. I'm currently on a mission and that has been the single greatest descision I've ever made in my life. Being on a mission has taught it means to really live what you believe and help others to have the same blessings I've had.