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Hi I'm Preston

I'm a student, an editor, a screenwriter, and a lover of long naps, long walks, and night skies. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Mostly, I edit stuff. I'm passionate about the English language and good art in all its forms, especially music and film. I'm nearing the end of my undergraduate studies at Brigham Young University–Idaho. In my spare time, I take naps, listen to music, go for walks/runs, read, or play the electric guitar—or just laze around watching YouTube or something. I love the beauty and peace of nature, and it reminds me every day of God's love for me. Nothing matters to me more than Him, and I try to live my life in such a way that He can trust me.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to a Mormon family and baptized when I was eight years old, so I've been fed the gospel my whole life. That isn't to say being a member of the Church wasn't my own decision. I'm still a member to this day because I know what direction my life would go if I weren't, and it's not a pretty picture. Even as a member, I've made a lot of really dumb decisions, things I'll regret for the rest of my life. But I know I can receive forgiveness of my sins because of Jesus Christ, by following His doctrines and living the principles of His true gospel. It's not easy, and forgiving myself feels impossible to do sometimes, but knowing He wants to forgive me helps. That's why I'm a Mormon. Every good thing that's happened in my life has been a result, direct or indirect, of my membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

How I live my faith

"How hard am I really trying?" is something of a mantra of mine. I've always wanted to do what's right, but up until maybe a year ago, I just went through the motions for that reason alone—not because I really wanted to be the best I could be, and not out of love for my Heavenly Father and my Savior. Now, after having suffered a lot of pain of soul because of my stupidity, I recognize God's infinite love and mercy. I want to please Him and follow His commandments as closely and as effortlessly as possible. I'm not where I want to be yet, but I'm trying.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

All male members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints who are age 19, generally, are strongly encouraged to serve a mission. In fact, we believe that we have been commanded to give of our time and talents in the service of God and His children, and for young male members, that is most often in the form of a mission. Female members may also serve a mission if they so desire, when they are at least 21 years old. Show more Show less