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Hi I'm Holden

My name is Holden. I'm the second in a family of five. I love British music. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Holden. I play guitar, piano, sing, and write my own music. I'm a Radiohead(Ok Computer and Hail to the Thief for president)/Muse/LCD Soundsystem/Chris Cornell/Bjork/Chopin/George Michael/INXS/Depeche Mode/Anything 80s/Rachmaninoff/Jeff Buckley/Led Zepplin/anything Jack White(Deadweather, White Stripes, Reconteurs)/anybody else I forgot MANIAC. My mom told me recently that when I was really little, she would have to sing me instructions as I would always pay much better attention that way. "Holden, don't kick the cat," she would sing in some George Michael/Wham tune (Wake me up before you go go or something). Stupid cat. I'm constantly recording any and all song ideas that come to my head and always have some cool beat playing in the back of my mind with some cool, thumpy bass to go with it. I've always wanted to meet Thom Yorke. And I'm a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Church but for the majority of my life I didn't allow myself to accept it as true. I'll never take someones word for something so important as the concept of God and, luckily for me, my family never expected me to. The relationship that you have with your Heavenly Father (and my Heavenly Father) is a very, very personal one and I didn't necessarily enjoy the concept of my parents believing in it for me (love em', though). I had to know, first, that God is real and that he loves me. Usually, 9th graders don't care all too much for religion but it was about that time that I decided to converse with God (James 1:5) to know if he was there. I'm sure these types of experiences vary between people (because God knows us individually) but I'll do my best to describe: I was in my bedroom. I kneeled down at my bedside and asked something to the effect of "God, are you there? If you are, do you love me?" and I can honestly say that he was there with me. I felt peace which, I know, is almost a cliche word used to describe the feeling. But I can only ask that you do the same and tell me that you can describe in words what it feels like. Second, I had to know which church is true (Eph 4:5). I had to know where the Gospel of Jesus Christ was or what it was or who or when or where or whatever. There were a lot of questions I needed answered at that time. But it didn't just come to me all at once as there aren't just simple answers to these questions. It takes searching with an open mind (Ether 12:6). To make a long story short, I've always had spiritual 'hunches' about life and where we go and why we're here. These 'hunches,' I've found have consistently been confirmed BY THE SPIRIT as I've read the Bible ALONG with the Book of Mormon. It has been in this way that I've recognized the Book of Mormon (by the spirit) to be the word of God and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to be his Gospel on the Earth today. This is why I'm Mormon.

How I live my faith

First of all, I'm not perfect. I figured that out a looong time ago. When I accepted this Church to be Christ's Gospel restored (by God and Jesus Christ) on the Earth, I accepted a set of standards to go with it. If you are familiar with the beliefs of the Gospel, you will already know that we don't smoke, do drugs, drink (alcohol, coffee, etc), have sex before marriage (of any kind), or really do anything that would hinder the relationship we all have with our Heavenly Father. If you can't already tell, these are hard standards to live. But, while abstaining from these things are important, it's much more important to us to follow Christs example and do what we can to make this world a better place. Christ wasn't so much a don't-do kind of guy as he was an action kind of guy. (John 10:27-28)