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Hi I'm Collin

I'm a law student. I love Russian literature. I'm an outdoorsman. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Currently, I'm a law student. I'm in my first year of law school, and it's tough. Before I came to law school, I studied Russian at the university level. This basically entailed a study of general Russian literature and grammar. Unfortunately, we didn't spend a lot of time on general Russian history or culture. Some of my favorite Russian authors are Mandel'shtam, Tolstoi, Dostoyevsky and Gogol'. Some of my favorite works are The Death of Ivan Illyich, Eliyazar, and The Nose. When I'm not studying at the law library, I like to spend my time fishing, hunting or hiking.

Why I am a Mormon

More than anything else, I'm a Mormon because it helps me be happy. The knowledge and perspective the gospel of Jesus Christ provides help me understand that God loves me, He has a plan for me, and He knows me. This gives my life meaning.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by going to church every Sunday. I live my faith by studying the scriptures. I live my faith through prayer. I live my faith by visiting members of my congregation and seeing if they need any help. The other day, I helped a member of my congregation prepare dinner for a group of friends. Living my faith is about doing small things every day to become a better person.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Church services are open to everyone who would like to attend. Typically, people dress in nicer clothes. Men will wear a suit and tie or slacks and a tie. Women usually wear a dress. Church services are comprised of three different meetings, each of which lasts about an hour. Most meetings start and end with the singing of religious songs, called hymns, by everyone in attendance. In Sacrament meeting, speakers given prepared messages on gospel topics. Members partake of the sacrament, which is meant to remind them of the promises they have made to God and the sacrifice that Jesus Christ made for each individual. Sunday school is made up of different classes that are usually divided by age and subject matter. Children have different classes depending on age group that are taught by members of the congregation. During the final hour, men, women, and children separate to discuss the needs of the members of the congregation and further study gospel-related topics. Show more Show less