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Hi I'm John

I love to hike and ski. I'm a pre-med student, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to spend time outdoors. Some of my best memories with my family are hiking in the beautiful mountains and canyons in Utah or skiing with them through fresh powder. I feel God's love for me when I see the detail and beauty of His creations. I am a pre-med student at the University of Utah Honors College majoring in Spanish and International Studies. I changed my major after completing a two-year mission in Quito, Ecuador. I fell in love with the people, language, and culture of Latin America and I still have many friends there. I look forward to the chance to return to that beautiful part of the world. I love learning about how the world, and more specifically, how the human body works. I want to be a doctor because I want to be able to bring relief to people who are suffering. As a college student, I enjoy learning from the unique perspectives of those around me. When discussing issues with people, I always seek to build bridges of common understanding and mutual respect rather than tearing down another person's ideas. I admit that I don't have all the answers, but through study of the scriptures and sincere prayer, I have learned many new things. I am grateful to have a Heavenly Father who listens to me so lovingly and a Savior who loves me so completely.

Why I am a Mormon

The short answer is that I am Mormon because I have a believe that the Book of Mormon is true, but there are many other components to my faith. I find joy in learning new things and so I am grateful to belong to a church that teaches that "the glory of God is intelligence" (Doctrine and Covenants 93:36). I believe that every person in this world is of value, so I am glad to belong to a church that teaches that "the worth of souls is great in the sight of God" (Doctrine and Covenants 18:10). I believe that people should serve one another so I am proud to be a member of a church that emphasizes selfless service to the those in need, both spiritually and physically (Mosiah 2:17). I believe that Jesus Christ is my Savior so I am grateful to be a member of the church that bears His name and is led by Him (Helaman 5:12). I feel a close personal connection to my Heavenly Father and to my Savior, so I feel comfort in knowing that I can receive individual guidance and answers to my prayers (Moroni 10:4). I love my family tremendously, so I feel privileged to belong to a church that teaches the eternal significance of family relationships. I guess I could say that I'm Mormon because it feels right to me.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by doing my best to become more like Jesus Christ. I do this by studying His words and the words of His prophets in the scriptures. I try to follow those words by showing love to people around me and living the standards of the church so as to "be an example of the believers" (1 Timothy 4:12). I currently volunteer at a non-profit medical clinic that provides free care to those without the means to pay to it. I work hard in school so that I can receive the education I need to bless my future family and the rest of God's children. I pay my tithing, one-tenth of my income, to support the church welfare program. Each month, I participate in a fast with my fellow church members: I abstain from food and water for two meals and donate the money I would have used to buy food to help the poor. I try to become the best I can be and reach that potential God sees in each of us. From July 2011 to July 2013 I lived my faith by serving as a missionary for the LDS Church in Quito, Ecuador.

What are Mormon Temples used for?

One of the greatest blessings in my life is the oppurtunity to attend and recieve the blessings of the temple. Each time I attend the temple, I feel uplifted. To me, the temple is very much like a celestial school. In the temple, I learn about my Heavenly Father and about my Savior Jesus Christ, about my purpose in life and what they would want me to do. I make covenants, or promises to follow them and to live a more Christ-like life. The temple and temple blessings are not and were never intended to be secretive or exclusive. In the temple, we learn that our Heavenly Father desires these blessings for all his children. The promises or covenants that we make in the temple are sacred. They are between us and God. They require a true change of heart--a conscious effort to avoid natural human tendencies of laziness, selfishness, and lust--and become more like Jesus Christ. When we honor these promises, our Heavenly Father blesses us and we grow closer to Him by becoming more like Him. To keep the promises we make in the temple, faith and spiritual maturity is required. That is why people must first be interviewed by a bishop and receive a recommend to enter the temple a person must be willing and believing enough to keep their word to God. The temple is a peaceful place: a place of meditation and learning, a place of refuge from the stress and confusion of the world. I feel blessed that I have a physical place, a sanctuary, where I can feel close to my Father in Heaven. Show more Show less