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Hi I'm Keaton

I run, rock climb, and love to travel. I'm also a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Keaton. I'm from Portland, Oregon and am currently going to school at Brigham Young University. I work as a Research Assistant doing research about immigration and the border. I spend my free time rock climbing and playing the bagpipes. I recently competed in the Payson Highland Games and received fifth place out of twenty competitors. I hope to be a marriage and family counselor, but I'm sure something will come up before I go to graduate school that will be worth pursuing. I'm also planning on doing a study abroad next summer in Monterrey, Mexico. I love being happy and creating meaningful relationships with those around me.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, but I didn't always know the church was true. When I was 12 my parents divorced each other. At the time I lived in Colorado so I decided to move with my mother to Oregon with her family. Life was hard and I had to make a lot of decisions on my own, and sometimes they weren't the best, but I made it through. When I was 15 my mother no longer wanted to be a member of the church and that was really hard for me, but my best friends and role models were members of the church so I stuck around. Eventually I started asking some serious questions I needed to know if the church was true or not for myself. So, I began to read the Book of Mormon seriously and to pray about it. Whenever I read it I felt the peace in my heart no matter what was going on in my life. I remember reading about the power of Jesus Christ and what he did for us and impressions of what I could do to make my life better. One night I felt prompted to specifically pray and ask God if the Book of Mormon was true. As I did so, the Spirit came powerfully into my heart then spread through the rest of my body. I felt warmth and tingles and an unbelievable sense of peace. I knew Heavenly Father was telling me that not only the Book of Mormon was true, but that His church was on the earth and that I was a part of it. Ever since then I have had many experiences that have confirmed and reconfirmed the truth of the gospel to my heart. I know this church to be true because of how I feel in my heart. It's the best and I love it!

How I live my faith

I love people and making there lives better. I serve others through making them smile and helping them see what they can do to make their lives better. There is nothing better in this life than to get to know others and be their friend. I love to love and love to be loved and know that Jesus Christ would want me to help others using my talents and abilities. I also love teaching. Currently I teach every other week at church and love getting to know those in my class and helping them apply gospel principles to their lives. I really feel that love is the key. Always looking for the best in others and helping when you can because you care.

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

My older brother is homosexual. I love him to death and so does my family. Many people misunderstand the church's stance on homosexuality because of the emphasis we place on the family. It is difficult to be a member of the church and be homosexual, but it is possible. Personally I do everything I can to promote a feeling of love and compassion towards those who struggle with same sex attraction. It is a trait that my brother has to deal with. He is not a member of the church, but the reason we don't feel homosexual behavior, for example acting on feelings one has towards those of the same sex is okay is because of Jesus Christ's teachings. He says, "Whosoever looketh upon a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart." Matt 5:28 Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father have commanded us to keep ourselves clean therefore sexual sin as a whole can be detrimental to our salvation. This means I am held to the same standard as my brother and any other child of Heavenly Father. He loves us and wants us to return to him and any sexual sin can keep us from returning if we don't strive to keep ourselves physically and spiritually clean. Above all else we need to love those around us. Like I said, being homosexual is not a sin, just acting on those feelings. We need to continue to reach out in love to all those around us and help everyone become better to return and live as a family with God. Show more Show less