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Hi I'm Colby Fernelius

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a Dermatopathologist in the U.S. Army and have enjoyed living in different parts of the country from the East Coast, to the South, to the Pacific Northwest, and now Hawaii.  The Army has given me great experiences such as doing humanitarian missions in the Amazon and learning how to jump out of airplanes.  I am married with four kids, which has been just as exciting and rewarding as practicing medicine in the Army.  We enjoy playing any game together from flag football, to chess, to Uno.  We also like to go on hikes and walks exploring the outdoors and cities big and small.  We also like movie nights. In my free time I like to read all kinds of books and I also enjoy long distance running.  Here in Hawaii I have take up paddle boarding, snorkeling, and ukulele. Together with my wife I enjoy European history, culture, language and food especially Italian.  We love to make fresh pasta, try new cheeses, and wrap cantaloupe with prosciutto.

Why I am a Mormon

I am Mormon because I have always had a strong desire to do what is right, help other people, make wise decisions, and have a strong family.  My experiences in this life have led me to believe that life has a divine purpose and an intelligent Supreme Creator.  As I have sought out this Supreme Creator I have come to know Him as my Heavenly Father and that he loves me and has a way to communicate with Him through prayer.  Through my prayers I have developed an overwhelming belief that Jesus Christ is my savior.  He came to earth and lived a perfect life and then suffered and died for my sins so that I could one day return and live with Him.    This knowledge, which has been reinforced by prayer, has gotten me through many rough and difficult patches in this life.  I have also found in Jesus Christ a perfect model for my life’s decisions.  So, I am Mormon because even though I am far from perfect, I want to make good choices.  Through prayer and communication with my Heavenly Father I have found the perfect role model and path to follow through this life.  It has brought me joy, happiness, and strength in my life and in my home with my family.

How I live my faith

With all of the pressures of a demanding career, family, and life’s challenges, I could not get by without my faith.  I live my faith by trying to see others as our Savior sees them and this always leads me to treat others with love and kindness.  My faith has helped me to overcome my natural tendency toward shyness.  In the church I have been asked to look out for and help other families and individuals, which has led to lasting friendships.  As I help those around me it helps me feel the love that our Heavenly Father has for me.  This was especially important recently when I was able to travel with fellow members to help a community, which was devastated by a tornado. I have also been asked to teach lessons and give talks that have increase my knowledge of the scriptures and the plan that our Heavenly Father has for me.  Living my faith by following the Saviors example makes me want to do better and brings me joy, happiness, and strength in my life and in my home with my family.

What is the First Vision?

Colby Fernelius
Throughout time, Heavenly Father has chosen righteous men on the earth to act as his spokesperson. We call these people prophets. Some of the most well known prophets in times past were Noah, Moses, and Peter. Much more recently Heavenly Father chose as his prophet a humble boy named Joseph Smith. Even as a 14 year old boy, Joseph had an immensely strong desire to know what church was right. After searching the scriptures he decided to follow the advice found in a scripture in the New Testament, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him” (James 1:5). In the spring of 1820 Joseph found a private place in woods and prayed. As he prayed, Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph and explained that His church was not currently on the earth. This was the beginning of the true church of Jesus Christ being restored upon the earth. I have tried to follow Joseph's example and study this account diligently, and then find a private place to pray about it. I have asked my Heavenly Father if it was true. And while I have not received a telephone call or an email from God, I have felt a burning in my heart that it is true. I know that this is Heavenly Father answering my prayer that it is true. I have also felt great peace knowing that Heavenly Father indeed cares about His people on the earth today enough to send us a prophet for our times. Show more Show less