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Hi I'm Ethan

I grew up in Idaho. I love music and want to learn how to play guitar. I hope to have a family someday. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Ethan. I have five younger siblings. My town has fewer residents than many people had in their graduating class. I love music and the positive effect it can have on multitudes. I enjoy reading a good book, watching a good movie, hanging out with friends, and of course spending time with my family. My favorite pizza is margherita. I hope to graduate college in a few years and have a family, but in the meantime I'm just spending time with my siblings and parents and looking for a job. The gospel is the most important aspect of my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a Mormon my entire life. Some might think that this is the reason I'm a Mormon, but it's not. Being raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints my entire life provided me with a solid foundation centered on the Savior. Growing up, I took a lot for granted. I went to church and lived the standards of the Church, but I was doing it more because I enjoyed the people and the culture and not so much because I wanted to follow Christ. After I graduated high school, I lived away from home to work for six months, and then spent another seven months away from home in college. At this time I really started to seriously consider why I went to church, why I lived the way I did, and so on. I can't say that I truly gained a testimony of the Church during this time, but I started shifting from being Mormon because that's how I was raised to really trying to find what God wanted from me. As I started my missionary service in California, I had a firm belief in the gospel, but still not a strong testimony. Throughout my two years as a missionary, however, I had many sacred and personal experiences that have changed my perspective entirely. Because of the influence of the Holy Ghost, I know for certain that Jesus Christ is my personal Savior; that His sacrifice enables us to become better people; that the Book of Mormon and the Bible are the word of God; and that Christ is at the head of this Church and leads us through His prophet on the earth. The gospel makes sense to me, but these are things I know with my heart more than with my brain. Although I don't always have the intellectual answers for why and how and so forth, I know that God is in charge and is the source of the things which we believe in. I know that when we seek answers from God, He gives them to us, and it's always in the right way and at the right time. He's done so for me many times, and will do so for any of His children that honestly and sincerely seek Him out.

How I live my faith

For the past two years, I lived my faith by serving as a full-time missionary in California. Serving the people there and helping them increase their faith in Christ is by far the greatest thing I've ever done with my life. I recently returned home from my mission, and now I'm just looking for ways to share the gospel in word and by example. The things that God has taught us, which we are taught in our church, have brought me the greatest joy and satisfaction in my life, so how selfish would it be to keep that all to myself? Prayer is one of the most important things that keeps my spiritual battery charged, and without it, I would have a lot less capacity to be the best that I can be. I read from the scriptures and attend church to gain a better understanding of what I should be doing to come closer to Heavenly Father and help others come closer as well.