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Hi I'm Wes

I grew up in Japan. I love hanging out with family and friends. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have an older sister and brother and a younger sister. I was born in Utah but moved to Okinawa, Japan when I was three. I loved learning about the culture there and gaining experiences there that have shaped my life. I grew up playing baseball and have always loved sports. I grew very close to my family during my childhood and have enjoyed those relationships more and more as I continue to grow up. I moved back to Utah when I was fourteen and enjoyed the ways the Lord opened opportunities for me. After I graduated high school, I went to USU where I received my Associates degree. I then went on a mission to North Carolina and have loved that experience more than anything else. In my free time I love to hang out with family or friends, play video games, play sports, or enjoy the outdoors.

Why I am a Mormon

I was brought up in this church and am so grateful for that. It gave me a solid foundation throughout my youth and has helped me set high standards to live by. I may not have always liked going to church when I was younger but I did love the joy of living the Gospel as a family. When I was 11, I found out that a good friend of mine passed away after he was hit by a truck when he was riding his bike. That completely shook my life and for the first time, I needed to know that what I had been told all of my life was true. I prayed every night about it and as I would close my prayers, I would have a calming feeling from the Holy Ghost telling me that this was true and my friend was in a better place. For the first time, I felt that I had received an answer from God. When I was going through High School, I hit those fun teenage years where I started to question everything. I started to feel that religion was just a man made organization meant to control people. At that time, I felt prompted to read the Book of Mormon all the way through for the first time in my life. I did so and finished it in a few months. I noticed my attitude on life change during those months for the better. I was finding more joy and happiness with everything. As soon as I finished reading the Book of Mormon, I knelt and prayed to ask if what I had read was true. Before I could even begin my prayer, I felt the Spirit witness to me that I always knew that it was. I can trace every good decision in my life back to that single event and I have not doubted since. I am so grateful for the blessings of the Lord in my life!

How I live my faith

I recently returned from a full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in North Carolina. While I was a missionary, I was able to teach some of the most amazing people in the World. I enjoyed seeing people who are burdened down from the sorrows of the world turn to Christ and receive that peace that only He can bring. I was able to work everyday to invite people to come unto Christ. We were always striving to find different service opportunities to help people with their physical needs as well as their spiritual. These ranged from helping people move, mowing lawns, painting houses, raking leaves, etc. I was also able to help teach a Book of Mormon study class on Wednesday nights to people who want to learn more about how this Book can strengthen their faith in Jesus Christ. This was the most rewarding time of my life and I am so grateful that I was able to serve others and serve the Lord in this way. Since I returned from my mission, I have continued to find ways to serve others. I try to make it my motto that when someone asks for or is in need of help, and I can provide that help, then I will do it. I have been blessed as I've seen the Lord strengthen me each day to do what I know is right. I currently led a group of college students who meet together each Monday night to share a spiritual lesson and then to do a service project or have a fun activity. It has really helped me to see these great people as our Savior would see them and to do all I can to serve them as He would. I love to talk to those around me about the Gospel and how much it has meant to me in my life.