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Hi I'm Golden

I am pursuing a Doctorate Degree in Tuba Performance. I am a professional tuba player and I play in a symphony. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I enjoy listening and performing music. I teach high school and college students private lessons on the tuba and euphonium. I currently play the tuba in a part-time professional orchestra, and hope to one day be a full time professional tuba player for a major symphony. I also play in brass quintets and a city band. I'm looking forward to taking some substantial auditions soon. I also will be applying for college music teaching jobs this coming academic year as I am hoping to be finished with my Doctorate Degree in music by May of 2012. I also enjoy running, playing racquetball, biking, and hiking. I grew up in the Seattle area where there were lots of outdoor activities to do. I miss living near mountains, but enjoy other things about the area I'm currently living in. I played sports in high school, namely football and soccer. I was also part of an ultimate frisbee club. As my interest in music increased I found myself devoting more time to it and not having time for organized sports but I still enjoy them as hobbies. I am also a black belt in Karate that I obtained when I was 12 years old. I am married and coming up on our 3 year anniversary. My wife is everything to me and we are lucky to be able to spend lots of time together. We enjoy doing projects around our house, watching movies, attending concerts, and traveling together. We hope to have our own family someday. I currently serve in the Elder's Quorum presidency and enjoy serving my ward.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised a Latter-Day Saint and my parents were very devoted to teaching me and my siblings the gospel. My dad was a great example to me in how to magnify and fulfill priesthood duties. From the time I turned 12 my dad took me with him to visit his home teaching families. I learned from a young age the importance of serving my fellow man and living a morally clean life. This foundation made a lasting impact as I got into my teenage years and faced many important decisions. When I was 13 I tried out for a premiere soccer team that I earned a position with. When I told them I could not play games on Sundays they revoked the offer. Despite not being able to play on that team, this decision has helped me to gain a testimony of the importance of keeping the sabbath day holy and I have seen many blessings in my life because of it. Later when I was in high school another significant event in my life came when two LDS friends of mine were killed in a car accident. The bishop of our ward encouraged us that in the process of our mourning to look long and hard at ourselves to find out if we really believed what the church taught about life after death and the other fundamentals of the gospel. I took this challenge and in looking back over my life I realized that I had slowly been gaining a testimony all along and didn't have any doubts about any of it. As I became closer to friends in the church I watched many of my older peers go off on missions. Many of their testimonies strengthened mine and increased my enthusiasm and desire to serve a mission. As I was preparing for my mission I began to read the Book of Mormon from start to finish. I finished the Book of Mormon soon after I arrived in the mission field. I remember the feeling I got when I prayed to know if it was true. The Holy Ghost confirmed to what I already believed to be true because of how I was raised. I knew at that moment that the church was true and that I was where the Lord wanted me to be.

How I live my faith

I am very involved in my congregation as I am a leader of one the men's organizations. One of my duties is to organize and oversee the home teaching of our members. I have weekly meetings that discuss the needs of our members. I also direct the work of family history. I have found that the more involved I am in serving others the happier I am, and the more success I seem to find in my personal and career goals. I know this success comes from my Heavenly Father blessing me for my service to His children.