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Hi I'm Conner

I am serving as a missionary for two years in Tampa, Florida. I'm a mormon.

About Me

About me? I love the outdoors and sports; wrestling, mountain biking, hiking, ultimate frisbee, soccer, you name it. Somehow through all this I haven't broken a single bone haha! I love the mountains in Utah where I've basically grown up. If it were possible I think I'd spend my entire life enjoying their peaceful solidity. I've often driven up into the hills and then hiked in until I saw no trace of civilization. I'm also a big reader of science fiction. Authors such as R. A. Salvatore, David Eddings, Terry Brooks, Margaret Weis, and Terry Goodkind are some of my favorites. My family is one of the most important things in my life. When I was young my parents divorced, and me and my two siblings moved in with my grandparents. It was there that I learned about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and came to have a deep respect and love for it; so in a way my parents divorce was one of the best things that could have happened to me. Which isn't something most people can say about their parents divorce! Before I went on my mission I attended BYU in Provo, Utah. I had a blast there! Roomates and friends made the homework a little less difficult. On April 5 I turned in my mission papers and recieved the call to serve in the Tampa Florida Mission from July 2011 to July 2013.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because I have a firm testimony that it is the Lord's church once again established on the earth today, and that He personally guides it. I did not recieve a witness that it was true because an angel appeared to me, but because I have had a lifetime of the Spirit's whisperings. I have read the Book of Mormon and have felt the Spirit confirm that it is true as I turned its sacred pages. I have learned to love its teachings, especially those about our Savior. I have prayed and recieved a feeling of peace in my heart. I have seen the fruits of this church, despite its persecuted beginnings, and have seen it change the lives of those who joined it and strived to live the Gospel it teaches. I have seen the difference it makes in a family, because it brings the Spirit of love and peace into the home built on its teachings. Due to all these things I have a firm testimony and knowledge that it is true! Joseph was a prophet. He prayed to our Heavenly Father and was visited by Him and His son, Jesus Christ. This ended an age of spiritual darkness and confusion. Our loving Heavenly Father gave us a witness that Joseph Smith was truly a prophet, the Book of Mormon. It is a record of the prophets in the ancient americas and is a testament of Jesus Christ. Thomas S. Monson is the Prophet on the earth today. He directs the church as Jesus Christ reveals to him. Most of all I know that Jesus is the Christ. He is risen and lives today! He has said "come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest." His teachings and Atonement will help one overcome trial and strengthen their family. Come and taste of the fruits of His restored Gospel.

How I live my faith

The great thing about the Lord's church is that there are many oppurtunities to live what you have faith in. In James 2 it says that "faith without works is dead, being alone". Now that I am serving a mission I eat, drink, and breath my faith. For the next two years my time will be the Savior's. I will be helping others come closer to Him and recieve the blessings of His gospel. Before my mission I was an active participator in the community. I taught eleven-year-olds during sunday school. It was a blast, though they were somewhat crazy. I did many service projects organized for the church... things like preparing survival kits for those who's livelihood have been destroyed in a natural disaster, cleaning up the yards of those in my neighborhood who couldn't do it for themselves, organizing youth activites in the church, etc. I strive my best to live as a disciple of Jesus Christ. He said "If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed. And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." He also said that the greatest commandments were to love God and love your neighbor. I live my faith by striving to keep His words, and repenting when I fall short.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

For active members of the Gospel grace is a part of our every day life. We believe that the power of grace comes from the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Grace not only saves us at the judgement seat, but it is a power that enables us to continually increase our capacity to do good and become like our Savior. It is the power that gives us the strength to repent and obey the commandments. In fact, it is the only power that allows us to do that. Christ said that "I am the vine, ye are the branches: he that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me you can do nothing." (see john 15:5). We believe that our good works flow from and are evidence of our faith and trust in Christ and His grace. The goodness inside us grows as we learn to use the wonderful gift of grace Christ has freely given us. The beautiful message of grace is that we are not only given the power to overcome the sins we commited in the past, but to become a better person in the future. We believe that Christ "gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works." (see Titus 2:14). How is that accomplished? Through His grace. Show more Show less