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Hi I'm Colton

I'm a Sushi lover, a water skier, I have the love of a great woman, the great outdoors are my playground, and im a Mormon!

About Me

I grew up in Phillipsburg, Montana and in Kearns and Riverton, Utah. I'm curently serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I'm serving in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and I love it here! Before I left for my mission I was working at a local sporting goods store. I love working with people but most of all I love playing with fire! During the summer of 2010 I was a wildland fire-fighter! It was a blast! I love volleyball and it's my favorite sport. I'm not actually very good but I try hard in spite of that. I played on a local club volleyball team with my favorite person in the world, and cousin, Troy. He's an awesome friend and has really good hands. I do just about everything with him. He's been my best friend since I was a kid and will continue to be throughout the rest of forever. I also have another friend named Joe who is my other best friend. We are kind of like another version of the three musketeers. I'm a movie fanatic as well. I love all kinds of movies, they let me have a temporary escape from my crazy life.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been familiar with the LDS (The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saint or Mormon) religion all of my life I mean golly my parents were LDS! My mother died when I was seven and my dad wasn't always around, but he did the best he could to support me. I lived in a small town in Montana, where everone drank, partied, and in general just lived a lifestyle that wasn't conducive to keeping God's commandments. We moved back to Utah when I was in sixth grade. When I was in ninth grade and living in Kearns, Utah, I started hanging out with a bad group of kids. I started using drugs. This lifestyle led me to a dark place. One day I realized and said to myself "I dont want to be this way anymore," and I turned to the Lord for help. This gospel has turned my life completely around in such positive and uplifting way. The gospel brought my family closer together and helped to heal us. My dad remarried a wonderful lady who my whole family loves and who loves us back. My family is now closer than ever. I'm so grateful for the Lord and the endless love he has for all of his children, and how he strives to help us even when we don't think we need his help. I know this gospel is true. The good Lord has changed my life for the better because he made the truth of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints known to me. I know that he will do the same for you.

How I live my faith

Before I left for my mission I was a regular kid. I hung out with my friends, went to the movies, mountain biked, and of course, worked. Throughout everything I did though, I tried to always remember the Lord. I followed his teachings and did what he wanted me to. I tried very hard to follow all of his commandments. On sundays I went to church and took the sacrament, I taught his gospel to 12 and 13 year olds in Sunday School as well. I participated in the classes I was a part of. Finally I dedicated a portion of my life to the lord. I came out on a mission to serve him full-time for two years. I get to go out into the world and share the gospel that has blessed my life and it has been the best decision I've ever made. and now that im home again life has gone back to normal. I still strive to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with those around me, but im just a normal guy in his 20s. I go to school, work, and im getting married to the most beautiful woman in the world! life is normal and its good!

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Colton
I'm currently a missionary and I preach the gospel because I have found the truth, and it has blessed me tremendously. I prayed and asked if the Church or Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was Christ's church, the same one he originally established, and restored to the earth, and that is led by God through a living prophet. I received my answer. Now I want to give others the same opportunity as I was given. Let me be clear and express that other churches are not necessarily teaching wrong principles, but they are simply not directly led by God through, as it describes in Amos 3:7 "His servants, the Prophets." Everyone deserves to learn the truth and I want to share it with them, that is why I proselyte. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Colton
The Atonement is the act in which Christ took upon himself all the sins, pains, and sorrows of his fathers children. It says in The Book of Mormon, in the book of Alma (chapter 7 verses 11-12). "And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people." "And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities." The Atonement is Christ's gift to all who will accept his message, repent, be baptized by someone who holds the Priesthood, or the power to act in the name of God, receive The Gift of the Holy Ghost, and then keep the commandments that are given by the servants of God. I think of the Atonement like a court room, God is a righteous and perfectly just judge, Christ is our Attorney or advocate, and we are on trial for the sins we have committed. Because God is just, and we did commit sin, he must render us just consequences. Christ, because of the Atonement, is able to say that he already paid the price for our sins, so the price of the sin has been justly paid. What a glorious and precious gift! It is a gift that is freely given, as long as we accept and use it! Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Colton
God himself is a very family oriented man, he has created us all, and so we are all his children. We are all brothers and sisters! All God wants is for us to return to him one day. This is why God is so intent on blessing us, its the reason why prayer is so important. Prayer is great because it is direct communication with God, when we pray we talk to him and he in turn speaks back or answers our prayers. We find answers through the Holy Ghost, who speaks to our hearts. My family is the most important thing to me in this world, without them i would not know what do with my life. Our family helps us in so many ways, they support us in everything we do, they are there for comfort when we need it, and they help us stay on the strait and narrow! When we stay on the trait and narrow we will have the opportunity to be sealed to our family in Holy Temples of God! This allows for us to be Eternal Families! We can live together again after this life, and the way this is made possible is through The Atonement of Jesus Christ! I Love My Family! Show more Show less