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Hi I'm Colten

I'm a drummer, a pre-med student, a husband to a beautiful wife, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband to a fantastically awesome woman. Before that, I was a lost man with only my drums to play. I had considered becoming a professional musician and a band director, but it turned out that becoming either one of those was not the right thing for me to do, let alone be able to support a family the way that I would like to. I began looking into other careers and was led to medicine. To make a long story short, becoming a physician is what I am working towards now and I enjoy it very much. This was an interesting change for me because no one in my family, except for my brother-in-law who is a nurse, is in medicine. I never even thought about becoming a doctor until just the past few years. Even when I began thinking about that career choice I didn't think that I would actually pursue it. It's a good thing I did, because the girl I married wouldn't have been at all interested to talk to me if I answered her question of what I was studying, "Oh, I'm going to be a band director." Now that we're married, she being a Medical Assistant, we'll tackle the medical world together. We'll see what happens!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that being a Mormon means that I am a part of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, which is the Kingdom of God on the Earth, and led by God. I came to know this truth at a young age. I was reading the Book of Mormon between the ages of seven and ten and I began to pray, mostly out of habit. This time was different. I felt as if the prophets of old were there with me and letting me know that what I was reading was true. I learned later that those feelings came from God. I wouldn't say that my life changed after that, but it was a special experience, nonetheless. I never really doubted, ever. I always had faith in what I was taught. I never questioned any of my beliefs in God, Jesus Christ, Joseph Smith, the Book of Mormon, the Bible, the modern prophets, etc.; but there was one particular time while I was serving a two year mission for the church that I did question the validity of it all. I met an individual who shared a whole lot of anti-mormon doctrine that I had never heard before. I was struck pretty hard and couldn't help but feel helpless, cheated, and confused. I prayed to know if what I had been taught my whole life was even true. I felt even worse. It didn't make sense. I thought praying brought me closer to God. A thought came: how do you feel? I then realized that I felt horrible. Which made me realize that God never makes you feel this way; doubt and fear are not from God. Another thought: what have I already taught you? I answered it by saying that I knew that everything that I had been taught was true. Then the answer: so what matters? My answer: only those things. I then shoved all of the horrid feelings aside and said to God that I truly believed in Him and everything else that I learned. From then on, and even now, I only rely on my faith in God, and His Son Jesus Christ, which faith is fueled by the Holy Ghost. No longer do I feel horrible, but joyful and hopeful.

How I live my faith

I live my faith to the best of my abilities. I try to in order that I may grow and be a better husband to my dear wife, a good father to my future children, and be the best instrument in the Lord's hands that I can be. I believe that God is someone who cares enough about my life to be a part of it every second of every day, and so I try to live so that He can be a part of it. I pray to God morning and night. I also try to throughout the day in my heart, if I remember to amongst the business of life. I read the Bible daily, and also the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. I also read the words of the prophets of today who are called by Jesus Christ. I attend church every Sunday. I not only attend what's called Sacrament meeting, but also a Sunday school class, and an all men's meeting--where the men of the church discuss how to become better fathers, husbands, brothers, and community members. I not only do these things alone, but I pray, read the scriptures, attend church, and serve the church and my community all with my wife. Without her, these things wouldn't be as meaningful to me. She is someone that I serve every single day and am grateful that I can live my faith with her. Together, we do the best we can to come unto Christ, and invite and help others come unto Him.