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Hi I'm Connon

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband and a father of four. I enjoy travel, photography, and eating great food.

Why I am a Mormon

Ever since I embraced my Mormon faith and started following Christ, I've been happier than I thought possible. You see, even though I was raised in a Mormon family and knew "about" the Church, I never really knew if any of it was true. As a teenager, I saw religion only as a list of restrictions. I stopped attending church and became focused on money, status, and other careless pursuits. My life of fun and relative ease gradually grew empty and pointless. I began college and soon quit after I realized I didn't know what to do with my life. I kept flipping burgers at the dead-end job I had started in high school. I had no direction and no answers. One afternoon I stopped by an old friend's house to catch up. She was my age, had a similar background, and was working while going to college. We discussed everything under the sun, including my discouragement. Despite our similar situations, I couldn't understand why she seemed so happy. So I asked her. After some thought, she answered simply, "It's the Gospel." Like me, she had been a Mormon all her life. Unlike me, she lived her religion. I resolved then and there to give Mormonism a real try. I began reading the Book of Mormon for the first time. Later I tried praying regularly, something I had seldom done before. As I read and prayed, I felt both hopeful and at peace. Each day I looked forward to feeling that refreshing feeling again. Eventually I finished the Book of Mormon and I asked God if it was true. I received an undeniable answer by the power of the Holy Ghost that it was. Soon I attended church meetings again. Eventually, I even became a missionary for the Church. I later dated and married that old friend who so courageously told me what made her so happy. Now with my Mormon religion and faith in Christ, life's highs are higher and the lows aren't so low. I have a divine purpose. I am a better husband and father. I am a better citizen and employee. I am a better me. And I've never been more happy.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being a force for good in my family and in my community. I try to be a good husband and father, but I'm far from perfect. When I fall short, I'm quick to tell my wife and kids I'm sorry and I recommit to do better. We have prayer, read scriptures and eat dinner each day together as a family. My wife and I go on dates each week together to keep our marriage fresh and strong. We involve God in our family decisions. At least one night per week, our family meets together to teach each other Christian principles like honesty, service, faith, and more. We discuss ways we can help family members and make our home and family better. It's also a good time to discuss safety issues and teach basic skills. We've talked about fire safety, stranger danger, and the right way to answer the phone. If this all sounds a little too perfect, believe me, it's not. It's a challenge to keep our small kids interested. Sometimes it's plain chaos. But in the end it's about spending time together, and more often than not, we get something good from it. I also live my faith by working with teenage boys in my church. We meet in a class on Sundays to discuss Christ's life and teachings. We also have an activity night each week where we do fun things like ride bikes or hike, learn life skills like cooking or repairing things, as well as performing acts of service in our neighborhood. Periodically we'll all go camping together where we can talk around the fire. Each time we meet I share my life's experiences and the lessons I've learned from following Christ. I hope that they can learn from my mistakes and avoid some of the pain that I've endured. I try to let them know how following Christ can help them realize their dreams and become the kind of men they want to become. It's important to live my faith beyond the walls of my home and church by serving in the community as well. I volunteer in my kids' school, on district committees and in political organizations.