Hi I'm Colton
I am a husband and soon to be father. I love my life and am excited to start my little family. College life keeps me busy along with a part-time job and a full time family. My dream is to become a medical professional of some sort so that I can help others heal and have a happy, fulfilling life. Being able to reach out and connect with people is something I find a lot of joy and satisfaction in. In the little free time I have with my wife, we like to play sports...any kind of sports really but especially softball, soccer, frisbee and anything else we can just spend time together doing. Cheap, one dollar movies, hikes and going to church are our weekends. When I'm feeling creative I love to draw and attempt other works of art...usually when I just need some alone time to think about life and try to forget the stress of everyday life. I have a good life though.
Why I am a Mormon
Having been born into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I grew up with the culture all around me. My parents taught me to love the Savior and to keep His commandments. I learned from their examples and by reading the Bible and Book of Mormon what it meant to be a true follower of Christ. My true knowledge came from living those teachings and following those commandments that I had been constantly taught. I was free to chose my own path and by living what I learned, I knew it was true and that it was from God. I came to know the Savior of the world and my Father in Heaven through prayer and reading the scriptures. I know that God loves me because I have felt the Holy Ghost testify to me that I am His child and that he hears me. I know that the Savior died for me because of my many experiences with pain, sorrow, and the joy that comes with repentance. I have felt Him close by me. My conversion to this Gospel has been a life long process...starting with teachings by my parents of a loving Father in Heaven and then my own personal experiences with that love up until now. I continue to learn and grow each day as I learn more of Him and His Son through the Holy Ghost. I am Mormon because I have seen God's hand in my life as I have lived the teachings of His Son that have been revealed to me in His restored Church.
How has The Book of Mormon helped you understand the purpose of life?
The Book of Mormon has helped me understand the purpose of life by bringing me closer to my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Not only have I learned the purpose of life, but the purpose of MY life and what God wants me to do and become. I know from teachings and experiences of others in the Book of Mormon that I can choose what I want to do with myself and what kinds of consequences await me for each decision. I have seen that keeping the commandments of God brings peace and rest. Happiness fills my life and I enjoy the good in the world around me. When I don't follow those commandments, I feel heavy and unhappy. I know that comes from feelings of guilt for mistakes but also because I don't have the Holy Ghost lighting my way as I move forward in this life. By reading the stories and experiences of the people in the Book of Mormon and then understanding the teachings and commandments of Christ, I know what I need to do each day to have purpose in this life. As I live those things, the Holy Ghost guides me and helps me see more clearly what life is all about. By bringing the presence of the Holy Ghost into my life through teaching me and helping me understand the pure doctrine of Christ, I understand the purpose of my life. I understand that I am a child of God and that through living the commandments I can return home to Him with my family. I can have that true happiness that everyone searches for. The Book of Mormon teaches me clearly how to obtain that by bringing me into closer contact with my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
How I live my faith
I live my faith by trying to do what God would want me to do each day. Besides reading and praying daily I love to serve in the community. I interpret for underserved persons in medical, dental, and other health clinics. I also interpret at local schools for parents and children during conferences or workshops with teachers and administrators. Serving others helps me see them as my brothers and sisters, Heavenly Father's children. My faith is expressed in my actions, whether its helping in the community by interpreting, serving a neighbor by helping them move, or just visiting families in my neighborhood that need a friendly hello. As I read and pray to know what Christ would have me do to become more like Him, I try to act on those feelings and promptings to reach out to others as He would.