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Hi I'm Colton

I have Aspergers Syndrome, I breed snakes and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am from Petaluma California and am 22 years old. I love my family and doing things with them, especially in nature. I have loved all things animal and nature since I was a little boy. Animals are my passion I love working with them and studying them. I hope to do something that will help educate people so that we can live in a world in harmony with God's creations.I breed and sell snakes for their colors and patterns as a hobby, I haven't gotten far with it but it is very interesting and I love it. I also love to garden and be a good steward of the earth. I enjoy being outside doing things like swimming, hiking, biking, camping, backpacking, kayaking and fishing. I have been diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder, since I was 6. Having Asperger's meant that I learned and socialized differently than most people, so school was hard for me, I took some RSP classes during all of elementary and had counseling in Jr. High but I was able to take normal classes for all of high school and college. My diagnosis was mild, but specialists said that I would "fall through the cracks" but thanks to a determined mother and supporting family and the will of God, I was able to have an excellent education, well better than was expected for me. I am proud of my Aspergers, I can still notice it's influence in my life and I am grateful for it, it makes me who I am and I see it as a gift from our Heavenly Father.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family who were members of the church so I grew up being a "Mormon". I am so grateful that I was blessed to grow up in the church, where I could have a family community that was loving and supporting. I always felt like being "Mormon" was right, that may have been part of being raised in the Church but I trusted the people around me, they felt it was right so why shouldn't I? One day, I was around 12 or so, I realized that I should ask God, the source of all truth to know if what I am part of is actually true, I felt like it was but I thought I'd better ask. I knelt down one night and prayed to know if all this was true. I didn't receive my answer that night or the next day, in fact I waited over a week! One day I got a reassuring feeling that seemed to say, "Thank you for asking to know if this is true, and what you believed was correct, it is true." I know God answered my prayer and confirmed in my heart, through the Holy Spirit, that it is the right thing to do. That is why I am a Mormon, I couldn't see a better way of life than this.

How I live my faith

I live what I believe, I like to start and end my day with prayer to my Heavenly Father. I also like to give him prayers of thanks as well as call upon him to aid me when I need it. I read my scriptures, The Holy Bible and The Book of Mormon and I like to see what sort of messages the Prophets of God in the past have written for me and my day. I know they were written for us and I try to live what is taught for me in them. I enjoy serving others, whether it is by being an example or a light in people's lives by my actions. I enjoy going out in nature and also being a good steward of the earth and looking out for my brothers and sisters. I follow the counsel from our latter day prophets and I go to Church every Sunday to worship my Heavenly Father and his Son, Jesus Christ and renew my promises to take upon myself the name of Christ and follow God. I try to invite others to do the same. I continue to learn more and more about how I can better live my faith and it continues to grow.

In whom should we have faith?

Colton
We must have faith in Jesus Christ, the son of God. He knows how to help us and he loves us so much. As we have faith in Jesus Christ we can have faith in ourselves, that has been my case, "I know that I am nothing as to my strength I am weak therefore I will not boast of myself, I will boast of my God, for in his strength I can do all things" Alma 2612 By having Faith in Jesus Christ, we have faith in our Heavenly Father, we will trust them and be willing to do their will. By doing the things Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ ask us to do we will increase in faith and be happier in life. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens after we die?

Colton
After we die our spirits our separated from our bodies and we go to the spirit world or as many people call heaven, our spirits are in a state of paradise or prison according to how we lived our lives on Earth. The Book of Mormon talks about this in Alma 4011-12. For those who did not have an opportunity to learn about the Gospel of Christ will have an opportunity to learn about it in the spirit world and accept it or not. Our Spirits will remain in the Spirit world until we are resurrected as Christ was. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Colton
No, for men, it is a responsebility of the Priesthood, or the power and authority of God given to man to act in His name. That would include doing things like teach and baptize; however, men are not forced. Women are invited to serve missions but are also not required, however because we have been given so much through the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ, I think we all should invite others to learn more about our Savior Jesus Christ through service as a missionary. However I believe everyone should ask God about serving a mission and what the Spirit tells them will be right for them. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Colton
Mormon women are people like you and me, overall I would say they are wonderful, virtuous, caring, helpful and loving people who serve God and are examples of Jesus Christ. All Men and Women are equal, we do have different purposes and things unique to our gender, there is a divine purpose in who we are and we are all equal but have different roles to play. Show more Show less

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Colton
We believe in helping and providing service to everyone. Jesus Christ took care of the poor and the naked and the sick and afflicted so we believe that we must follow his example and do the same thing. "Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto the least of there my brethren, ye have done it unto me." Matthew 25:40 As we help people and teach them it will promote self reliance so that when they can help themselves then they can help others, because we are given much we too must give. Show more Show less

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

Colton
When Mormon missionaries come to your home they will get to know you and address to your needs about how the Atonement of Jesus Christ can apply to your life. You will also learn about God's plan of Happiness, or plan of Salvation that will lead us back to live with him again. These truths have been revealed to us through the Book of Mormon and Living Prophets, they will talk to you about how the Gospel of Jesus Christ was lost after the crucifixion of Christ and the martyrdom of the 12 apostles and then restored through Joseph Smith. They will invite you to read the Book of Mormon, ponder it and ask God in the name of Christ if the Book is true, and thereby the rest of the things that they teach are true. I invite you to accept their invitations to read, pray and join them at Church, that is how you will know if what they are teaching and what you are learning is what God really wants for you in your life, I know it is for me and can be for everyone on Earth. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Colton
Absolutely! The Bible is a testament of Jesus Christ and his dealings with ancient prophets and people as well as his personal ministry to the earth. It adds to our understanding of him and what he wants for us. The Bible is the word of God, the Book of Mormon supports the Bible and is a comapnion to it. I have read the Bible and I know it is true scripture and I am grarteful to have it in my life. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Colton
The only way to increase our faith in Jesus Christ is by learning of Him and applying what He asks and expects of us to our lives. Faith is a hope for things which are not seen but are true, this hope also leads to action, we must be obedient to doing what God asks of us, simple things like praying to our Father in Heaven, reading the scriptures and going to Church and obeying commandments. As I do these things I feel good and that is how my faith in Christ has grown is by doing these things. Show more Show less