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Hi I'm Colin

I am a medical student, a tax accountant, a musician, I am a Mormon

About Me

God and family are my biggest priorities. I love people, and I love my family. I got my bachelors in accounting and did 3 seasons as a tax accountant. However, I am now in medical school endeavoring to become a doctor. I feel like this will further allow me to bless the lives of others. I appreciate the power of music. I play the bagpipes, piano, and French Horn. I also fully believe that humor and the ability to laugh is a vital coping mechanism to handle the stresses of life. One of my toughest moments was my first year of medical school when my Mom lost to a 5 year fight with cancer. Medical school was unforgiving, and with the heart and soul of my family departed to a better world that left me with a lot of pain, and a lot of questions. I fully believed, like many good Christians, that my mom was in a better place, and that she would always be my mother, and one day we would be reunited eternally. However, many questions entered my mind, about how something like this could happen to a family as good and faith filled as mine was. Did God not hear and answer the prayers of his faithful children? However, as I allowed myself to let the grace of Christ work in me I saw how Gods' plan applied to me personally, and I was able to find peace and healing. There is no greater knowledge to know for oneself that Christ lives, and God loves us, his sons and daughters.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the LDS church, but that doesn't mean I didn't question myself as to where I needed to be. I had to do my fair share of soul searching and studying. I didn't have dramatic life changing experiences like some people do that led me here. After years of sincere study and questioning the Lord through prayer I have received various powerful answers. After years of patience I realized I had what my parents and church leaders called a testimony, or my own witness that could not be taken away from me, and I cannot deny. This means the world to me because it creates meaning in life. It gives me God's perspective and answers on the great "why's" of life. Thus bringing a profound satisfaction to those deep urges that everyone has: the need to know what the purpose of life is, and what they need to do to accomplish that purpose.

How I live my faith

Being a newly wed I participate regularly in the sponsored church activities, as well as spiritual and fun activities at home. My wife and I have decided to set apart Monday nights as a family night, where I put aside my studies, and she puts aside her projects and we have spiritual and fun activities we do designed to strengthen our young marriage, and create the foundations of a strong family. We also pray together every day as a couple, as well as individually I also use my talents to assist in teaching Sunday School classes, playing the organ during worship services. I have done this without receiving anything except for further knowledge of the churches inspired programs and the blessings that come with selfless service.

What is faith?

I had the blessing of serving a mission, and a question I was always asked, usually in the form of a challenge to my faith, was that if God loves every one why does he let people suffer This is a legitimate question. After pondering this for a great deal of time the best way I can explain it is through this example. A man walked through a forest one day and came across a butterfly who was struggling to get out of its cocoon. Deciding to witness this process of nature he stopped and observed for a couple of minutes. After those minutes of struggle the butterfly was getting nowhere, so deciding he would be nice in helping, he assisted the butterfly and broke it free of its prison. He noticed that the butterfly's wings short and wrinkled, but supposing that they would eventually expand out he gave it no second thought and went on his way. The next day he was on the same path again and came to that same stop, and discovered the butterfly on the ground walking, not flying, with those same underdeveloped wings. Latter he learned that the it is during the butterfly's struggle to get out of the cocoon that forces blood to the wings, forcing them to expand out, and enabling it to fly. What the man thought was a act of kindness in helping the butterfly was really a detrimental act of cruelty, condemning the butterfly to a life of flightlessness. Thus it is with us. If and notice how I say if we allow them to, our trials and life experiences will be spring boards to us, to enable us to a life of flight. I am grateful now for the trials and challenges I have faced, for I would not be who I am without them.  Show more Show less

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

In Joshua 18 it says this about reading the scriptures "This book of the alaw shall not depart out of thy mouth but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success." Here the Lord commands his prophet Joshua and likewise all of us to read the scriptures daily. And like all commandments, there are blessings promised that we will receive when we follow it. Here it mentions that our way will be made prosperous and we will have good success. I can testify that these blessing really do come when we read out of the book of Mormon, bible, and all scripture inspired by God. I have noticed the days that I do read just go much more smooth then the days that I don't read. When you learn and understand the mysteries of God you receive a satisfaction and a happiness. You learn what the purpose of life is, and as you apply what you read the Lord transforms you into a new person.  Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

The priesthood is the authority of God, that God gives worthy males to serve others in His name. Having the priesthood means that one has authority. However, the power of the priesthood only come through righteous living. Just like a house may have electric lines, it means nothing unless there is power going through them. Show more Show less