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Hi I'm Connor

Raised in Detroit, I'm a runner, I'm a student, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Born in Denver, I consider Detroit, MI as my home. The athletic side of me loves running. I regularly participate in road races with my crowning achievement being an appearance in the Boston Marathon. I also enjoy most popular sports and regularly follow the professional teams from both Denver and Detroit. On the more geeky side I enjoy video games and have owned a Nintendo system for about as long as I can remember. I watch Japanese Anime regularly although I don't own any kind of memorabilia. I love music and enjoy singing and playing the piano, although I sing better than I play. My tastes in music goes around multiple genres from techno to country to international music. I have a love of what our bodies can do and how they function. Currently in medical school, I have aspirations of either going into sports medicine or pediatrics.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church, but growing up in a place like Detroit where the Mormons are literally unknown gave me plently of reasons to question and explore the details of the Church. What was odd perhaps was no matter what I learned or experienced, my testimony of the Restoration of the Gospel only grew. I loved the things I learned and applied them as best I knew how. I was called on a mission back to my birthplace in Denver and there I faced aggressive opposition to my faith. There were times when people would literally attack my beliefs with little interest in hearing my responses and I had to consider deeply every time what it was I was trying to do on this mission. None of the arguments presented to me made me question, but I wanted to know why people would attack something that made me so happy. I don't remember all of the details over two years of teaching and serving, but I know the end product. Jesus Christ has supported me through times that would otherwise have broken me beyond repair. Struggles that have gone on for a decade or more have been brought down and made possible to resolve. I feel the love of my Savior daily and as I focus on that love, I feel the strength to keep moving forward. The Restoration of Christ's Gospel brings illumination to many things that people are confused about. I've seen the questions that people have about life answered through the Gospel. I'm grateful to know of prophets and apostles in my time who can give clarity and focus to the challenges of today. I know the the fullness of the Gospel is back on the earth just as in Christ's time.

How I live my faith

I believe that each person has an enormous amount of potential, and I love having the opportunity to find the potential in other people. I love to teach, and have volunteered as a tutor on many occassions. Some of the happiest times in my life are when I can help a person discover things about themselves and the world around them. I currently attend a congregation of single adults and organize activites every Monday to help everyone learn and interact. I use my skills in music whenever I can. I currently play piano for the men's organization in church, but have recently been able to provide a more comforting environment for my fellow students through the piano.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Connor
The easiest way to know who we worship is to look at the name of the church The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer and it has never been otherwise. A better comparison to Joseph Smith would be a figure like Moses. Moses was called by God to do a singular work in bringing the Israelites out of Egypt and into the Promised Land as well as bringing them to a greater knowledge of the Living God. When you read the New Testament you can see the great respect and admiration the Jews had for Moses even though they did not worship him in any way. In the same way, we have deep and lasting respect for Joseph Smith, who did the work of the Lord in bringing about a full restoration of Christ's gospel. As a prophet of God, we take heed to what he preached as God's representative. That's as far as it goes however. Respect, not worship. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Connor
Every temple has on it's outside the words "The House of the Lord," and members of the church treat it as such. While it is possible to speak with God just about anywhere, the temple is specially set apart for worthy members to commune with Him on a higher or more personal level. Inside, we are taught more about our relationship to Him and the Atonement of Jesus Christ. At the center of the temple is the family. Members come to the temple with the names of their ancestors and perform ordinaces like baptism in behalf of those people who never had the chance to hear and accept the Gospel while living. Additionally, the most wonderful blessing that comes from the temple is the opportunity to bring families together and seal them together for time and all eternity. Show more Show less