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I love playing percussion, which I have done for nearly a decade. I love to write, and as a job I work for the BYU-Hawaii newspaper. Other jobs I have held include landscaping, and delivering bouncy castles, giant slides, DJ equipment, photobooths, and anything else you may want or need for a party or wedding of any kind, which was an amazing job. I love listening to my favorite bands/artists: Journey, Muse, Switchfoot, Jack Johnson, and Billy Joel. I love the outdoors and am very active when I can. I love to go mountain biking when I can. I work hard to get good grades, as well as earn money. I am paying for my first year of college with no help from family, or student loans. I earned more than enough money to afford college at BYU-Hawaii. I grew up living in both Washington State and Oregon, I am a fan of the Oregon Ducks, but only because I lived close to campus during high school, and it was impossible not to. I grew up going camping, fishing, as well as on the computer, therefore I am both tech savvy, and outdoorsy. I have a brother almost two years younger than me, and a sister twelve years younger than me, as well as a great pair of parents. Lastly, I love witty humor. Nothing gets me like a good pun. I love watching shows like Conan, The Colbert Report, Psych, Frasier, The Office, Stargate and Doctor Who. I will be serving a mission in Poland, and I am a Mormon.
I was born to two members of the church. My father is a lifelong member and my mothers family converted while she was at a very early age. I grew up learning the values of the church in my home. Public school didn't really challenge me at first, both academically and spiritually, but starting my high school career got me thinking a lot. Few of my friends were members of the church, I often got into religious discussions with friends and family. Learning about other churches intrigued me, so whenever I had the opportunity, I would gladly talk with my friends of other beliefs, even attend their youth group sermons at times. Attending these other activities at churches gave me a glimpse into other belief systems. These churches were in no way bad, and they were definitely preaching righteous activity, but they seemed to be lacking something. I could never really pinpoint it, but some of their beliefs seemed to be on the right track, just not fully and completely true. I learned that most of these churches taught that God is a God of love and compassion, but they also taught that this life is all we have, and even if we are not given the chance to accept Christ in our lifetime, we will have consequences in the afterlife. That doesn't seem like a God of eternal and unending life to me. Our church teaches that no matter what, there is a way back, and if you are not given the opportunity on this Earth, you will be given the chance in the afterlife. The center of this church is love, charity, eternal progression and happiness. Every thing makes sense in this church. All questions can be answered directly, without confusion. Despite rumors, we have no secrets. Some things are more sacred and less talked about than others, but no secrets. I prayed often in high school to know if the church was true and there is no doubt in my mind that it is. I may not be a convert to the church, and I may not have a humbling story to tell, but I know this to be the truth.
Well let's see here. I play drums pretty well, and I can do some mean card tricks, but that isn't really important. I am fairly talented at learning new languages. I can pick up, and retain words and meanings quickly. I can use this to bless others when I serve my mission, given that I go to a foreign speaking area. I can also use this if someone who is a non-English speaker needs help understanding what is going on, or what something means, or just needs help in general. I also have a talent for writing and public speaking. I learned from my father what makes a great speech, as well as how to write it. Writing has always been easy for me, my mother taught me well when I was home-schooled, and my favorite high school teacher furthered my skills to what they are today. This is a gift that can change the hearts of others, as well as the world. A simple, powerful speech can, and in many cases has changed the world. My talent in music can bring joy to myself and others, and can even open a door to missionary experiences. You really just never know where life will take you, but developing your talents and letting them bless yourself while remaining humble will provide opportunities to help bless others. If you let them happen.
I will be serving a mission for the church in the Poland, Warsaw mission. I leave for the MTC on August 22nd, and will be in Poland about two months after that. I chose to serve a mission because of how I was raised, and how I saw it affect people. Growing up our family had the expectation that my brother and I would serve missions, and we always had the missionaries in our area over for dinner whenever we could. Plus my family regularly had gospel discussions, and hearing the gospel being taught, and seeing it how it affects me directly, I could not see a reason why I would not want to share something so amazing with the world. To me, the gospel is such a huge source of joy that I want to show everyone the same thing I have. This love, this happiness, everything. I know it sounds stereotypical, that it's so very exciting that all we can do is talk about it, and in a way it's true. Obviously, I do many things with my time, but regardless of what I do, this gospel is so true, and (frankly) AWESOME. I love the gospel, and this gospel is one of love. So why not share the love? I will serve a mission to serve other people, to serve my God, to gain personal experiences, to progress myself and help others progress, and to overall fit into the Lord's plan.
I have served as counselors to presidents of all quorums of the Priesthood I have been in except for Elder's quorum, which I recently became a part of, and have been a president of the Deacons and Teachers quorum. In both cases it involved me doing some organizing, as well as keeping track of the welfare of those in my quorum In high school my nickname was "The Mormon", and I liked it because it brought up questions. I have never ever been one to keep my opinion to myself, or make it subtle, and often times I go right out and talk about politics, or religious principles. I loved getting questions from people, and delighted in taking every opportunity to answer them. I home teach vigilantly, meaning I always go and visit the families, or members I am assigned to teach, as well as make sure they are doing well and help out when needed. I do my best to publicly live the gospel, and set a good example.