Hi I'm Cole
I am from Montana. I love the mountains and the rivers. I kayak and love spending time outside. I am a musician. I play piano, organ, bassoon and saxophone well and then have also performed while playing the baritone. I play bassoon in the symphony orchestra at school. I am athletic and will play just about any sport. I played ice hockey at school.
Why I am a Mormon
I am a Mormon because I see all of the many blessings that come from a knowledge of who I am. I am a son of a loving Heavenly Father. I feel this love every day that I live. Because I am a Mormon, I know God's entire plan, The Plan of Happiness. The greatest expression of His love for me is His act of giving His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ. The purpose of Christ was and is to help us return to live with God again. I have experienced and continue to change through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The basic principles are Faith in Jesus Christ, Repentance, Baptism by Immersion, receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost and then Enduring to the End. By living this pattern of the gospel, I have an increasingly abundant life. Part of God's plan for us is eternal families. The knowledge that my family is forever as I keep His commandments is a great comfort to me. My relationship with my family is eternal. It will never die. No matter what happens in this life, my brothers and sister will always be my siblings and my mom and dad will forever be my parents. I know this is true because I have felt the Holy Ghost witness to me that they are true. I read the Book of Mormon every day. I know that it is true. I study from the Bible, too. I know that it also is true and that both books of scripture testify of Jesus Christ and teach us of the blessings of living the gospel. I know that God has called another prophet to lead us through all of the trials and strifes today. Heavenly Father loves all of us and wants us to be happy.
How does making right choices help us make more right choices?
Making good choices gives us freedom. Making bad choices binds us. There are consequences for good and for bad. An example would be the law. If you follow the law, you still can make choices and live your life with so many different options. But if you break the law, you are punished. Fines are placed. And at times jail time is served. Your choices are limited under punishment.
How can your talents and gifts bless others?
Personally, I believe that talents and gifts are given to us from God. He gives them to us to bless the lives of other people. Our abilities are only truly used as gifts when they build someone else up. For example, I play the piano. 2 examples of blessing others: - If I was the world's greatest pianist (which I am not) and I played all day long, but no one ever heard me play, what would that profit anyone? IT WOULDN'T. Instead, if I was just a mediocre pianist (that is more my skill level) and I practiced for 30 minutes at home and my mother heard me play, it would bless her life. She finds happiness listening to music. AND, she finds joy knowing that I, her son, am improving my abilities. Multiple times has she commented how much she appreciates it when I sit down and play the piano. I love making my mother happy. When she is happy, all of us at home are happy. So, by simply playing the piano for her, it directly blesses her life and then it indirectly blesses the lives of the rest of my family. - Multiple times in my life have I accompanied people when they perform a piece of music. I have accompanied for my sister and for friends. Because I used my talent of playing the piano, they were all able to share their talents and gifts with other people. I was able to support them in reaching their goals, too.
Please explain the part prayer plays in your life?
Just recently, I have begun to appreciate prayer more fully in my life. Prayer is the way that I am able to talk to God, my Heavenly Father. I am able to talk with Him about my life: things that I have learned, experiences I am currently having, things that I need and also the things that I am thankful for. When I pray, I feel closer to Him and draw strength from that closeness. Prayer is the way that we ask God if things are true. He answers all our prayers with the things that will make us the happiest and will benefit us the most. Sometimes the answers are yes, no or sometimes it is wait. But in the Lord's time, the perfect time, our prayers are answered. Here is an personal experience with prayer: I sometimes learn things when I pray. I recently was reflecting over something that I read in the scriptures. As I was doing so, I thought of the prophets in the scriptures and their relationships with the Lord. I realized that as a disciple of Jesus Christ, I can have that strong of a relationship with God too. Also, I felt the confirming witness of the Holy Spirit that Joseph Smith is a prophet as are the other prophets in the Bible and the Book of Mormon. I know that those feelings came from the Spirit and that God lives and is truly my Father in Heaven.
How I live my faith
I live my faith every day. I am a full-time missionary. It is my calling to teach of Jesus Christ and His Gospel. I go about teaching people everywhere I go. I tell all that will listen to me about Jesus Christ. It is my purpose to bring others closer to Christ through faith, repentance, baptism, receiving the Holy Ghost and helping them endure to the end. I serve other people every opportunity that I get. I strive to be as like Jesus Christ as I can. Prior to becoming a missionary, I attended seminary every day before school. I went to seminary at 6:00 AM Monday through Friday. I also occasionally taught classes at church. I love sharing the gospel with others and seeing how it not only changes them, but how it changes me. I do my best to live how Heavenly Father wants me to live.