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Hi I'm Vaughn

I'm a Mormon. A child at heart, I coach Power Tumbling, tell stories, write, read avidly, am the oldest of 11, and love to play!

About Me

Spending time with me is almost always an adventure. Backpacking, tree house building, playing backyard sports, reenacting medieval battles, playing highly competitive board games, flipping and handsprings at the park--much of my time is spent in joyful, often chaotic, motion. I love goofing around with my five younger brothers and five younger sisters, and I especially enjoy my time with my sweet wife Melissa. We love to read, talk, travel, cook, laugh, and collaborate on our mutual love of educating children. We look forward to starting our own family with great anticipation. I know of the importance of perseverance, hard work, and optimism. I have learned that there is no challenge or difficulty that a good sense of humor and a little fun can't make bearable. I love life. I love the Savior. I love his restored Gospel. I look forward to returning to my Heavenly Father. I know family is key to happiness, and I sure am thankful for mine!

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, because I have received a powerful spiritual witness by the Holy Ghost that the Doctrines, Ordinances, and Teachings within the church are truly the Gospel of Jesus Christ. By this same power I know that Jesus Christ is the key to returning to my Heavenly Father and receiving happiness throughout eternity. I have seen the power of the Priesthood of God working in the church through its members, and I know and have felt that as I share this Gospel with others the power of the Spirit of God confirms the truth again and again. I'm a Mormon because the Gospel of Jesus Christ strengthens and fortifies my family and brings us closer together. I'm a Mormon because it provides and nurtures the ability and flexibility to be all inclusive in my acceptance of good. I embrace, through the Gospel, all persons, practices, experiences, knowledge, and beliefs that draw me to Christ and lasting happiness. I'm a Mormon because at the center of the Gospel is the overwhelming power of pure Charity--the Love of God our Heavenly Father and his son Jesus Christ and ALL of Heavenly Father's Children. I know that this Love is the answer to all problems in this fallen mortal world, and I find no other way to be truly happy than to share and live within the beauty of this Love.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by sharing my love of Jesus Christ with my friends and family. I worship on Sunday and promise through the Bread and Water to remember the sacrifice that Jesus made for me by carrying on his work and his sacred name. When I feel down or frustrated I sing and pray to Heavenly Father. I pray with my family, and I try hard to build my relationship with Heavenly Father by praying to him every night before I go to bed and really working to hear his voice in my life through the Holy Ghost. I have served in many church callings and enjoy teaching classes, speaking from the pulpit, helping the youth and missionaries, and encouraging other members, especially other young adults my age. When I was 19 I served a full time mission in Salt Lake City, and I use what I learned about how to help others and myself to come closer to Christ as a pattern in my every day life. I enjoy answering questions about my faith and have never been offended by any sincere question no matter how odd. Most of all, I live my faith by loving others with the love that Heavenly Father has shown me. This might be though giving one of my siblings a hug after a hard day or listening to and serving a friend in need. It might just be through saying "I love you" to my parents, but no matter how it is expressed, when I am sharing the Saviors love with those around me I know I am living my faith. To me that's what being a "Mormon" is all about.