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Hi I'm Eldon

I'm a full-time college student. I've lived all over the United States. I love playing ultimate frisbee. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

If I could do two things all day, they would be play frisbee and play my guitar, because those two things just make me happy. Playing sports helps me to release some of my everyday stress, and just have a good time and smile with my friends. I have been throwing, catching, shooting, running and passing for as long as I can remember, and sports have played a great role in my life to give me an active lifestyle and make lasting friendships. I picked up the guitar a few years ago, and I haven't been able to let go since. I have been teaching myself how to play, and although the learning process is slow and rough, it is also very enjoyable. The ability to express myself through music hasn't come naturally to me, but it comes with time and a lot of practice. But the feeling of playing your favorite song and singing along (mostly out-of-tune in my case) can provide an amazing sense of elation that can't help but let itself out in a pure smile. I am currently in college working in my undergraduate program of exercise science. Although trying to become a cardiologist is a very long road, I can't imagine anywhere else I would want to be in ten years. Trying to balance between school work and my job is always hard, but I have great friends around me to help buoy me up when it gets rough. I love going to school and learning, and I am starting to dread the day that I will graduate! Well, I am a college student, an athlete, a very amateur musician, and I am a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the LDS church, but I wasn’t born knowing it is true. Growing up, one thing that always stayed constant was my religion. Everywhere I have lived, I have learned the same gospel that I had learned before. Learning the gospel throughout my youth made me curious to know whether it was true. Truth can only be learned through the Spirit of God. There have been many times in my life that I have felt the Holy Ghost trying to teach me, and each time I have learned truth. Growing up in the church, I always took this learning process for granted, knowing that others around me had learned the truth, but not caring to learn for myself. This changed however when I left home and went to college and I didn’t have the knowledge of my parents to lean on. The time came for me to learn for myself whether God really existed, and if He loved and cared for me. One afternoon I was sitting alone in my room, pondering on the gospel that I had been taught my whole life. I pulled out my Book of Mormon and began to read. I read many pages, but still felt like I hadn't been truly learning yet. Then the thought came to mind that I should kneel down and ask God if it was true. As I pleaded with Him for long minutes, I felt nothing. But when I ended my prayer, just as I was about to stand, I felt an amazing calm come over me, not physically, but more so in my soul. Then clear words came into my mind that I know weren't my own, saying, "Eldon, you know this is true." I felt warm, again in my soul, and I knew that God had answered my prayer. I stayed on my knees trying to hold on to that feeling for as long as possible. When I finally stood, I knew I had changed. God loves me, as he does all His children. I knew this because He answered me personally, as He will anyone that sincerely asks to know the truth. That wasn't the only time that the Spirit has whispered truth to me, but that was all the reasoning that I needed, and that is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

After learning the truth, it becomes the responsibility of the student to live it. Living the Gospel of Christ isn't always easy, but the blessings in this life and the hereafter make it more than worth it. Just as Paul said that the ancient church is as the body of Christ, each member having their own responsibility to the whole, so it is today. In my local area I am a clerk. I help to oversee the proper use of church funds as well as the appropriate measures for recording and depositing the sacred offerings of church members, such as tithing. I also help to manage the church records of local members. What I consider to be the best part of my duties however, is meeting with local leaders to ensure the temporal, emotional, and spiritual welfare of the local members. It is amazing to see how the hand of God plays into the everyday lives of all of His children. This is just an added testimony that God really does love and care for each of us. One of the greatest parts of the Savior's Gospel is unconditional love and service. Meeting with others to discuss how their lives are, sharing a short gospel message, and kneeling in prayer with them is one of the greatest experiences that a member of God's church can have on a regular basis. The Savior spent His life finding the down-trodden and broken-hearted, and then lifting them up and giving them hope. This is unconditional love, pure service, and sincere charity, and it is what I strive to have towards my fellow man, though it is not always this easy or simple. Although I may not be able to heal the blind or atone for the sins of others as Christ has done, He still wants me to live like He did, that is to love as He did, and to serve as He would. The way I live my faith in the Lord is by doing what I think He would be doing. I try to find those that are struggling, and then lift their spirits with loving words of encouragement and bonds of friendship, because I know that this is what the Savior does for me.