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Hi I'm Parker

I grew up in the sweet Arizona desert, and I'm a Mormon

About Me

Boy I'm not sure what I can say about myself that anyone would find too interesting, I'll start simple. I love life. It's good stuff, it really is. I was born and raised on the game of basketball and plan on playing 'til the day I die. I love most sports and, being raised in sunny Arizona, I have a passion for anything I can do out of doors. My wonderful mom also urged me to get into music, and so I've had the pleasure and opportunity to learn the piano and sing in many a great choir. I also taught myself how to play the musical saw and started a bluegrass band in high school, but that's beside the point. I recently graduated college with a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering. I'm hoping to be able to do something with my life and career that will bless the lives of others. I served a two year mission to Tampico, Mexico, which was easily one of the greatest experiences of my life. While I was a missionary I met some of the most amazing people and was blessed to witness the great faith of the Latin-American people.

Why I am a Mormon

Like many members of the church, my parents were both members and I was raised in the church. I enjoyed going to church and making friends with the other kids that I met there, but just because my parents believed didn't mean that I automatically did. I trusted that my parents knew what they were doing for a long time, but there finally came a time when I decided that I needed to know for myself whether or not the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was everything it professed to be. So I took the challenge and studied the Book of Mormon on my own and prayed to know if it was true, and after many weeks of study, I got this very calm feeling. It's impossible to describe that feeling really, but that day kneeling by my bedside alone, I came to know that the Church is in fact the restored church of Jesus Christ and that it is headed by a living Prophet and Apostles. Further study and experiences reinforced that simple testimony that I received praying at my bedside, and I can say without a doubt that Jesus Christ lives, that this is His church, and that the Book of Mormon is true scripture that testifies of Christ.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by simply seeking opportunities to serve others. Sometimes that service is nothing more than listening to a friend, leaving food on a doorstep, or taking the time to talk to someone who feels left out. Plus every member of the church has the opportunity to give service, for example by visiting other members of the church in their homes. And even though I'm no longer a missionary, I continue to look for opportunities to share what I believe with others; because the things I believe, the fact that the Gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored to the earth in its fullness, brings me happiness and peace, I want others to be able to experience those same feelings.

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Missionaries teach the principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They explain God's plan for our happiness, which answers some of life's greatest questions, such as "where do I come from?" "why am I here?" and "where do I go when I die?" They also teach about how it is that God has restored His church upon the earth in these days through a modern-day prophet, a fact that gives us the security that He has not and will not abandon us in these trying times. Missionaries also invite all people everywhere to act on what they learn, and to ask our Heavenly Father in prayer if the things they teach are true. Show more Show less