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Hi I'm Oliver

I'm a Black Belt, I'm an Eagle Scout, I'm a book lover, I'm a missionary, I'm a big brother and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have seven awesome younger siblings, and I spend most of my time with them. Family is very important to me; my sister just younger than me was my first friend--and is still one of my best friends. I was home schooled for most of my life, until I went to high school at a small private school. I attended a Liberal Arts college in Utah for three semesters and plan to go back after my mission for the church. I love to read books, more than anything; they're just so full of amazing stuff! I love to watch movies too. My favorite thing to do is watch a movie or read a book with my friends and then talk about it with them, find out what they all learned from it and share what I found. I'm a Black Belt in Chinese Kenpo. I love studying the martial arts. I love the Boy Scouts of America and the Order of the Arrow (an organization within the BSA.) The work I did as a scout helped shape me into who I am. I'm now serving a mission in Georgia and will soon be going to Brazil to do the same. I'm learning Portuguese so I can communicate with the wonderful people of Brazil when I get there and I've decided that I like languages, a lot! It's something for which I'll be grateful for the rest of my life.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are members and raised me in the church. Going to church, reading the Scriptures and obeying the commandments were very important to them. It was always clear that they did it all because of the love they had for our Father in Heaven. They acted out of a want to please him and come closer to him as best they could. They wanted the same thing for all their children and so they included us as much as possible. When I was still a little boy (about 7 I think) we read the Book of Mormon together as a family, and when we finished it they encouraged us to act on the advice given by Moroni in the last chapter: "And when you shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost." I went to my room and did just that: I prayed and asked God if the Book of Mormon was true, if it was the word of God; and I’m here to tell you that I did receive an answer. That was the beginning of my personal testimony, a testimony that has kept on growing with every prayer and scripture and every witness from friends and family.. It is true. Of this I have no doubt.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by sharing it with others, though example and though bearing my testimony. One of my favorite Hymns says: "Because I have been given much I too must give." I feel like the Gospel of Jesus Christ is something that everyone can benefit from hearing and so I "give" whenever I can.