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Hi I'm Deven

I love my family, Jesus, my country, economics, football, baseball and snowboarding and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 26 years old and just graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA in Economics. I have a wonderful wife and a 20 month old son who make life exponentially more enjoyable. I have four passions outside of family and religion; snowboarding (I grew up near two of the top ten ski resorts in the nation), Football (Peyton Manning and Kellen Moore), Baseball (RedSox Nation) and politics (a brutal hobbie).

Why I am a Mormon

My ancestors three and four generations back found the church and immigrated to the west in search of solitude from the persecutions that were befalling the saints and to be near the prophet (At that time Brigham Young). They settled in Southeastern Idaho and raised grain and potatoes for generations. Though my brothers and I are not following the same occupation, we accept the heritage of hard work and undeniable faith that our ancestors gave us. My personal conversion to Christ came when I was 15. I had heard the lessons and read the books but I hadn't been truly converted until I served as a home teacher where I visited members of our church with Milo, an elder member of our ward. Milo was steadfast in his duty to serve the members who were assigned to us and we became close friends as he taught me the importance of service and kindness. In the home of an elderly couple as Milo taught about what Christ did for us and how desperately important it was for us to seek him out and learn to love and accept him, I felt the urge to take sister Brower by the hand and I bore my testimony. A testimony that before that moment I didn't know I had and in a way was just the story of my life, only I recognized how the Lord had played such a crucial role. I'm a Mormon because it makes me happy.

How I live my faith

I try to make each day better than the last. The more I know about the gospel and the more I integrate it into my life, the better my days get and the more joy I find in the mediocrities of life. My testimony is like the economy. It has its up and downs and sometimes you think that all hope is lost. At other times strong experiences cause massive bear markets and I feel like nothing can shake my confidence. But just like the economy, the important growth is that of the long term.