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I believe in community. I believe that the strength of a community comes from the strength of its members. I am a graduate student learning how to turn my passion for non-profit organizations into a career. I have helped organize two non-profit organizations as well as helped fundraise for a number of small organizations. I love to travel with my beautiful wife.
There was a time in my life where I felt so out of touch with myself that I didn't even know where to begin. I had always been a member of the church but I never developed my own testimony. I came to a pivotal moment in my life where I had to decide where to attend college. I knew that where I chose to establish my adult identity would have lasting effects throughout my life. I weighed my options between well-ranked universities and a church sponsored university. For the first time in my life I realized that I had to make a real decision and I wasn't sure where to start. My parents taught me about prayer, but I didn't have a testimony in its power. I set aside some time to reflect and think about my decisions and then I prayed. I didn't know what I was expecting, I don't think I had ever said a meaningful prayer in my life. I prayed for clarity. I didn't have an amazing vision or experience, but for the first time in a long time the fog in my mind began to clear and I knew that I had the support of my Heavenly Father. I chose to study at a church sponsored university, where my testimony grew and as an individual I thrived. I met my wonderful wife, my eternal love and best friend. I'm a Mormon because it is through the gospel of Jesus Christ that the priesthood exists. That priesthood binds my wife and I together in an unbreakable bond that stretches through eternity. I believe in the power of the priesthood to receive revelation through a living prophet. I know that this priesthood was restored through Joseph Smith and there has been a prophet on the earth since then. I know that God loves me. I know that Jesus Christ suffered the Atonement so that he would know me personally and know how to help me. I know I am never alone in this life and that there is hope even in the darkest and most confusing hours of life.
I went on a mission because I felt like I had a precious gift that was too wonderful to be kept to myself. I think it is a wonderful opportunity for young men and women to share their faith and serve their fellow man. The Savior taught amongst the people and served them. Missionaries have seen that example and strive to emulate Jesus Christ in that service and thus serve missions. Although the work is hard and the demands of mission life are great, the experience and personal growth are unparalleled by any other opportunity.
Currently I serve as a secretary in the men's organization of our congregation. In this calling I visit members of the congregation, provide service through various projects, and keep records of our meetings. I serve on the board of directors for two nonprofit organization in my community. The hats I wear there are diverse and challenging, but I love the opportunity to serve.