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Hi I'm Vaughn

I'm a husband, student, musician, Arabist, goofball, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to write and record my own original music. I love to go biking and biking. I love to play piano, guitar, trumpet, the ukulele, and many other instruments. I love my Savior and sharing the Gospel message with other people. I have been married to my beautiful wife for over two years and have loved having someone to share all the adventures of life with. I love to write and record my own original music; whether on the piano, guitar, trumpet, ukulele, or other instruments, I find composing and performing music to be a release from the stresses of daily life. I love hiking and seeing the world from a mountaintop. I am currently a student at Brigham Young University. I study Arabic and have spent a semester studying in Amman, Jordan where I improved my Arabic language and learned about an area, religion, culture, and tradition completely different from my own. What I have learned during my limited experiences on this earth is just how beautiful each individual is, and how everybody on this planet has something positive to offer. I served a mission in the state of Alaska and am grateful for the growth and experiences there. I am currently in a phase of life where I feel like I am constantly drowning in all the expectations, requirements, responsibilities, disappointments, successes, and mercies that come with pursuing dreams. Life can be a wild journey, but I'm learning just how crucial and valuable each piece of it can truly be.

Why I am a Mormon

I am Mormon due to the examples that I have been blessed with. In my teenage years, I had many moments where I hesitated and wasn't sure if living as a Mormon was what I wanted to do; if it was what I truly believed was right. Though I continued to practice the faith "physically" by going to church and other activities, I was not practicing it spiritually by putting my heart into it and reading my scriptures. It was when my older brother first left to go to college and then on to serve a full-time mission for the church that I really decided to crack down and find my faith. I needed to know to what cause I was losing my brother, my best friend, for two years. His example inspired me to find a testimony of my own. I began to read my scriptures every day and pray sincerely to my Heavenly Father for help and answers. It was when I had read through the Book of Mormon on my own and gotten to Moroni 10:3-5 that I took that challenge that is given in those verses to ask God myself if the Book of Mormon is true. It was by the Power of the Holy Ghost that I received a personal witness of the truthfulness of these things. I am a Mormon because I know for myself that it is by faith in Jesus Christ, repentance, baptism by immersion and by the proper Priesthood authority of Jesus Christ, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands, and enduring to the end that we can return again to live with out Heavenly Father and have eternal joy. I am a Mormon because I found out for myself and know, without a doubt, that Jesus Christ is my Savior and that Joseph Smith was called as a prophet in these latter-days to restore the fulness of this Gospel upon the earth, and that the Book of Mormon, along with the Bible, is the word of God. I am a Mormon because I asked of God.

How I live my faith

Living my faith has become something more meaningful to me recently. After living for a few months in the Middle East, where the language, culture, traditions, and religion are very different from what I had experienced previously, I was able to see just how good and beautiful all people of the world are, no matter their beliefs and circumstances. But I was able to recognize how important my faith was to me, and how much it had defined the person I had become. I am grateful for the answers that the gospel brings into my life, and the direction that has given me. Currently, while trying to finish up school and figure out what I would like to do with my life and where the Lord would have me go, I feel the necessity of exercising faith each day in order to recognize that, even though I may not have all the answers right now, I can trust in the Lord to direct my path, especially as I put in all my effort to use my abilities for good in the world. I used to look back on my two-year missionary service in Alaska as an answer to this question; it seemed like an appropriate answer to describe what I have done with part of my life in relation to my faith. But now I am seeing how much that experience had prepared me to be able to live my faith when I entered into the "real world", and had to make decisions and experience trials that affect my life. Being a student, I feel that I am in a phase in life unlike any other, where so much of the future and the possibilities and paths remain unknown. With no idea how many doors may be open to me, or what opportunities will come my way, I rely heavily on the principles of having faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, studying scriptures, praying, repenting, and doing all I can to be worthy of the Spirit in order to have the guidance that I am continually in need of.

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Mormon missionaries, when in your home, will share the message of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. They will talk about the blessings that God has given us throughout all time, such as scriptures and prophets that help us to know His word. In their message they will share with you their testimonies of what they know to be true, and how we can all come to learn if their message is true through reading the Book of Mormon, which is another Testament of Jesus Christ, and by praying about it to our Heavenly Father, as only a personal relationship with Him is what will gain us a sure answer to that question. Show more Show less