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Hi I'm Adam

I was raised in Arizona. I studied illustration in college, but now I am attending dental school. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

At this point in my life I feel I've been in school longer than I've been doing anything else. I just finished my undergraduate degree in Visual Arts, emphasizing in Illustration. I love art. Eat, drink and sleep it. Well, not really, but it's a big deal for me. But using one side of my brain just wasn't enough, so I took up several science courses and decided to attend dental school for the next four years (see? more school...). When I have time for "fun" I like to go to the movies (another passion of mine I suppose), hike, read, write, and eat out. I'm currently on an ethnic food kick, and Thai food has become my new soul food. Unfortunately I've also developed within the last couple of years food allergies to things like gluten (wheat) and dairy. So since I've had to part ways with ice cream, pastries and pasta, I'm always on the lookout for good and healthy substitutes. Not really the same thing, but you do what you gotta do...

Why I am a Mormon

I have a rich Italian heritage from my father's side and an American pioneer heritage from my mother's side. I am a product of both worlds. The conversion of my paternal grandparents and the faith of my mother's ancestors have instilled in me a great example of sacrifice and devotion. The Gospel and this life are so much bigger than the rest of us, and yet there is so much one can do--the Savior Jesus Christ himself embodied this more than anyone else. At one point in my life my perspective wasn't what it is now. I struggled to make sense of a lot of things, including my place in life here. Being raised in the church and in a good home environment was helpful to me, but like with everything, you have to figure things out in your own way. After a lot of thinking and prayer I received direction and conviction, the kind that a loving Father would give to his son. What was once a powerful, singular moment in my life has grown and compounded into a faith that has carried me through highs and lows. I have the right perspective now, or at least a better one. I can see more clearly that our Father in Heaven and his Son are reaching out to us. They want us to reach back and come closer to them in return. The Gospel, or the good news of Christ and the restoration of his truth and teachings on this earth isn't something you can separate out or analyze. I think it's closer to a feeling. We all know when something feels right and when it doesn't. This feels right. And as I live by the principles taught, I come to know that they are right. And now I want to share what I've felt and what I know with others.

How I live my faith

It is my hope to live a life of which He would approve. And I think there are different ways to reach that goal. I love art. I've said that before, I know. Aside from being just an interest of mine though, drawing, painting and creating help me to feel a connection with God that I don't quite get any other way. I try to communicate that in some ways through my art and other things I make. I really believe that within each of us lies a potential to do great things and be great people. As children of God we just need to live up to our potential. The best way that I've found to start down that path is to serve. Missionary service is just one way to help our brothers and sisters. Numerous organizations exist to facilitate the desire to serve, but it can be as simple as the friendships you form and the way you treat those around you--family, friends and strangers. I also love teaching. My callings or responsibilities in the church have often revolved around that, whether it's in a class or in the homes of others in the church. I'm hopeful that I will be able to continue to teach in other settings, as well as serve, learn and grow in ways I haven't discovered yet.