Hi I'm Colby Stewart Haymond
I am a 20 year old Elder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day saints. I have grown up in the Church, I have lived in Utah for 17 years and was born in Las Vegas Nevada. I grew up mostly in Pleasant Grove where most of my life has taken place. I now have accepted the call to be a full time missionary for the LDS church. I am serving in the Oklahoma Tulsa Mission. I have been out for 18 months. I love being a missionary of our Savior Jesus Christ. I have been out for awhile and I hope that I can continue to work hard in serving my mission. It has been a rewarding experience and I would encourage any who are members to participate in one. It helps you with all aspects of your life. I am truly thankful for this service that I'm rendering to the Lord.
Why I am a Mormon
I am a Mormon because I grew up in the church and I know that it is the true church and I love every minute of being a Mormon. I have grown up in Utah, but it doesn't mean that I didn't have to get a testimony it was given to me by my parents. That is not so, I had to read the Book of Mormon and pray to the know the truthfulness of the book.
Why do Mormons go on missions?
Right now, I am on a full-time 2 year mission. Why do we go on Missions? I have been asked that a myriad of times, many people look at me in amazement and say "wow, really? You can't do those things" As a missionary you put aside all the things that you hold dear to your heart, or things that you loved to do and you go serve the Lord. Like the 12 Apostles did, they straightway left their nets. You do the same thing, you leave all your posessions behind (most of them, the ones you can't use). You can't go online to Facebook, check your personal e-mail, you don't watch Youtube videos. You dedicate your time, talents, effort and sometimes your sleep. For the Lord. You teach and talk with everyone you meet. Everyone is a child of God and with that responsibility on your shoulder's you learn to be effective and sincere. I went on a Mission because I had grown up being told I was going on a mission. I had no problem with it. It is 2 years out of your approximately 100 years to live. Two years is a lot if you look at it in a short term perspective, but in the grand scheme of things 2 years is nothing and it allows you to give back to your Father in Heaven and serve him. All the things I learned and will learn I will always remember and cherish for the rest of my life. I cannot tell you how amazing an LDS Mission is, without saying some kind of cliche. It really is the Best Two Years of Your Life.
How I live my faith
I live my faith by being the example, no matter how many times you criticize someone they will most of the time shrug off that criticism. By being an example I can have them see how it is to be done instead of telling them how to do so.