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Hi I'm Hayden

Born in Boulder, raised in Normal, serving the Lord in Vegas. I love music; classical cello and classic rock. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a town called Normal - trust me, I've heard all the jokes - as the oldest of 3. I learned to love learning from a young age, and have always found it easy to be interested in everything. I love to talk - and I sometimes struggle with listening. When I was 11, I started playing the cello. While it took until I was 14 to really get into it, playing the cello has become a passion for me. At first it was purely a "hobby," but now that it's an obsession, it's become part of how I worship God and reverence my Savior. I had the privilege to study Music Performance for 1 year at Brigham Young University in Provo, UT. In July of 2011 I put aside the cello to serve as a full-time missionary for two years in Nevada. I'm currently ministering in Las Vegas. I never thought preaching the Word of God in "Sin City" could be so amazing! I've fallen in love with the Gospel, and I am so grateful that I still have until July of 2013 to be a missionary.

Why I am a Mormon

Both of my parents were raised as members of the LDS Church, but both of my grandfathers were baptized after childhood - my maternal grandfather at 16, and my paternal grandfather at 76. My parents taught me the Gospel from tmy birth, and I learned to love Heavenly Father. One childhood experience has left a lifelong impression on my faith. I believe I was about 8 years old at the time. My mom had gone out with the car, and my dad had borrowed an ugly brown van from some friends so we could go see a movie - I believe it was a Star Wars movie. When he tried to start the car, the engine turned over and over with no hint of starting. I was devastated! However, my dad suggested that we say a prayer together, and ask God to bless the car. I don't remember which one of us said the prayer, but as soon as Dad turned the key again, the car fired right up! Ever since then, I've had the faith to trust Heavenly Father and pray to Him always. As I've grown older, I've had other powerful experiences that have lead me to be a member of His church. I had the opportunity to attend the dedication of the LDS Temple in Nauvoo Illinois in 2002. That was the first time I can remember being enveloped in God's love through the Holy Spirit. It was the warmest, most loving and peaceful feeling I had ever felt. I knew for sure that God loved me and that He loved my family. I've gained a strong belief in the Book of Mormon. I can remember one particular Wednesday in November of 2011. I was sitting on a couch, and a thought popped into my mind that I should pray, and ask God if the Book of Mormon was true. I pleaded with my God that he would give to me what I most desired at that time - a spiritual knowledge that the Book of Mormon was truly his Word. Immediately upon asking the question, I was again overcome with the warmest peace and love, even stronger than in the Nauvoo Temple. From of that experience, I know for sure that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true.

How I live my faith

When I was a child, I lived my faith by praying, reading the Bible and the Book of Mormon, going to church, and learning to keep the commandments. I wasn't perfect, but I discovered quickly that I was always at my happiest when I was choosing the right. As a youth, I participated in the youth programs of the church, including planning activities and giving community service. During high school, I attended an early-morning scripture study class. As a young man, I helped participate in administering the Sacrament (also known as Communion or the Lord's Supper in many denominations) on Sunday's. My dad and I visited and served several particular families in our local congregation, to make sure that their needs were always met and that they had the Spirit in their homes. Now, as a full-time missionary, I've dedicated an entire two-year period of my life to being a minister for Jesus Christ, my Savior. I get up at 6:30 AM every day; study the scriptures with my companion (the other missionary I serve with) from 8 AM to 10 AM, and from 10 AM until 9 PM we are out ministering to the people. We teach people about Jesus Christ and His role as our Savior. We help them learn about God's plan for individuals and families. We show them how they can strengthen their faith and change their lives. We share the truth of the Restoration (or "bringing-back") of the true Church of Jesus Christ. I have the privilege of everyday seeing people change their lives for the better and forever.