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Hi I'm Cullen

I am a ballroom dancer, friend to the best people ever, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently a student majoring in Global Supply Chain Management with a minor in Economics. Some of my hobbies consist of ballroom dancing, playing strategy board games, hiking, volleyball, Starcraft 2, and wishing I had less homework. I have lived in Washington State for most of my life, although I did spend 2 years in the Northeast of Brazil serving voluntarily as a missionary for my church. I loved my experience there and hope to someday have a career that allows me to at least occasionally travel to Brazil. Some of my current goals are to make it onto the touring ballroom team for my university so that I can travel the states to perform and compete. The three things I want most in life is to be a good husband, a father, and someone who makes a positive difference in my community - somebody worth remembering.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because being a Mormon is all about achieving an individual's limitless potential, and helping others to do the same. Not only that, it has brought me more peace joy, and comfort, whether directly or indirectly, than anything else in my life. The times I have been happiest are those when I am surrounded by its members. When I have experienced hard times the principles that I have learned in church have always pulled me through, and helped me to emerge stronger than I was going in. I know now that I can pray and that if I am sincere that that prayer will be heard, and in the Lord's own due time answered. I know who I truly am, where I came from, and where I can go if I want to. I also know that everyone else has the same potential as I do, and that the joys that can be experienced when united in the same noble cause cannot be rivaled.

How I live my faith

It is my believe that the only correct way to live life is by doing what you feel is in harmony with who you want to be, in combination with the golden rule. If you want to be respected, you need to be respectful. If you want to be happy, you need to do things to try to make other people happy. If you want to be like Christ, you need to treat people like Christ would. It's not always easy, but I've found it to be the most rewarding way to do things. Living my faith can sometimes seem like a complex activity, seeing as we have a lot of different commandments, (or "rules" as other people might refer to them), to live by. Thankfully though, God did us all a huge favor by simplifying them all down to two rules. The first is to love God, the second is to love your fellow man as if they were you. Everything else will come naturally if we can get the first two rules down.

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

When someone is baptized, they are simbolically entering the gates to the path of Christ that ultimately leads, if persistently followed, to the Kingdom of God. But like all gates, not just anyone can open it. Any property owner knows without thinking that when the property is his, only he or someone he designates can allow others to enter. Anyone who enters without authorization is by law, trespassing, and it is the same way with the Kingdom of God. We cannot enter in by the gate unless someone opens it for us and seeing as how God isn't exactly right next to us to do it Himself he designates servants and gives them the authority to open it for other people who meet certain qualifications that He outlines. Therefore, without authority, one cannot open the gates of Heaven, and nobody gets in by any other way. But in order to have that authority, unless you're God you have to have received if from someone, who received it from someone else, who received it from someone else, etc. until the recipient train leads all the way back to Jesus Christ. The authority is not something that just comes from living what you believe the gospel to be, or a diploma that we receive form some Earthly institution, but from God or one of His previously authorized servants. Show more Show less

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

The purpose of the Church's welfare services is to help people essentially get back on their own two feet. Although a lot of people see welfare as a way to have someone else become a provider, that is not the case here. The objective of the welfare system is to help individual's who are going through a rough time have what they need to overcome it without any undue suffering. And it is hoped that through having received assistance they will come to also have a desire to help others in need. Show more Show less