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I am a typical twenty-something college student. I work for a local company doing customer service and I am studying civil engineering. I grew up very connected to my heritage. I always had a great relationship with my grandparents and was taught to be grateful for the sacrifices that my parents and grandparents made so that I can have the opportunities that I have. When I was young I took lessons on the piano and the trumpet. I continued to play the trumpet and the tuba in the high school bands. I taught myself to play the guitar, accordion, and mandolin along the way. I enjoy listening to all kinds of music but my favorite to play is country and bluegrass. I love to watch college football and basketball with my friends and family. I also enjoy hunting, fishing, going to concerts, and traveling to new places. When I finish school I want to plan and design urban transportation systems. Transportation is the lifeblood of our society and making transportation systems safe and efficient benefits everyone.
I was born into a Mormon family. Some of my ancestors were Mormon pioneers who traveled west to Utah pulling a handcart and others were European converts who migrated to Utah after joining the church. Being a member of the church was something I grew up doing. As I got older I realized how much following the teachings of Christ helped me to be happy. I gained a testimony of obedience to the Gospel and the happiness that it brings. I developed a testimony of the Savior's atoning sacrifice for each of God's children and the opportunity that it gives us repent of our wrongdoings and continue on the path to eternal happiness. I'm thankful for the knowledge I have that I can be together with my family forever.
Being a member of the church you always have an opportunity to serve. When I was younger I served in youth leadership positions planning activities and fellowshipping other youth. When I turned 19 I had the opportunity to serve as a missionary for the church in Brazil for two years. I learned a new language and culture and taught the Gospel of Jesus Christ full time as well as doing service in the communities where we lived. Knowing how to play the piano has provided me with other opportunities to serve in the church. As a young man I accompanied hymns in small group meetings. During my time in Brazil I was often asked to accompany congregational hymns for larger church meetings. Those opportunities to serve have continued to this day as I often provide accompaniment for the hymns in the church unit that I currently attend. Being a college student it is easy to become self centered and only worry about yourself. Serving in the church helps me to forget myself and help my fellow man. Jesus Christ spent his life in service of others and the Church gives us opportunities follow the Saviors example by giving us opportunities to serve that we might not have otherwise.