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Hi I'm Weston

I'm a polyglot. I'm married to an angel. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

The most important thing in my life is family. Family is so important to me, in fact, that I took a year off from studying Arabic in college to marry my wife in Hong Kong and live with her in Thailand for a year while awaiting a visa. Nothing comes before my family. It is my highest priority. I was raised in a loving family as the oldest of 7 children. I grew up mostly in Colorado and I spent a year in Norway as a high school junior where I learned to speak Norwegian fluently. I served an LDS mission to Bangkok, Thailand for two years. Since then, I have studied Arabic and Middle East Studies at my university, in addition to improving my Thai language abilities. Music is one of my main interests, both listening to it and creating it.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon by heritage. By that, I mean that my family raised me in the LDS Church. That, however, does not define why I am a Mormon today. When I was an exchange student in Norway at the age of 16, I lived with a host family that was not LDS. The mother in the host family was very critical of my beliefs, saying that I was away from my parents and that I needed to start making my own decisions in the area of personal belief. I decided to take her counsel to heart, although not in the way that she intended. I realized that I had lived my life up to that point by relying on the testimony of my parents and that I had reached the threshold of being able to continue doing so. Although my mind entertained no doubts about the truthfulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ, I was determined to find my own personal testimony and seek confirmation from my Heavenly Father that the things I had been taught as a child were true. I studied the Book of Mormon prayerfully from cover to cover. There was no vision or miracle, but I can distinctly recall a feeling of peace as I prayed for that confirmation of my deep-seated beliefs. I realized that I had been given what I sought after and that along with my testimony, I now had a responsibility to live up to my knowledge of the truth and to live as an example of what I knew to be true. This has defined the path that my life has taken since that year abroad, and reflecting back on that experience has helped me to make regular adjustments in self-improvement and the choices and decisions that I make. God graciously bestowed me with a knowledge of His truth and I will never take that for granted.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith simply and without the need for recognition and validation. However, I believe that one's example can have a far greater influence on others than simple words, especially when the way a person lives their life is in harmony with the things they claim to know are true. For this reason, I make a conscious effort to never do anything in my public or private life that would cause an observer to doubt the genuineness of my convictions.