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Hi I'm Colton

I'm a Fly-fisherman. I'm a Canyoneer. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've always enjoyed being outdoors. From a young age my Father would take me fly-fishing with him in one of Utah's many prime fisheries. Since then I've gone from dabbling from the bank to pristine float-trips down the Salmon River. When I'm not near a stream I delve into canyoneering, or exploring slot-canyons. This often requires the aid of wetsuits, ropes and harnesses to repel off of 100+ feet drops, occasionally into water, to continue the trek. When not outside, I'm involved school where I'm studying Chemical Engineering and participating in the Army ROTC and the Sigma Chi fraternity. If not bogged down in studies I enjoy seasonal work as a licensed pyrotechnician. I have found that life is best lived when you're actually out living it.

Why I am a Mormon

I belong to this church because I know who I am. I am a Son of God. He is my Father in Heaven and He wants us to be happy. When I pray to Him I am speaking to my Father, not some unknown, formless spirit, but my literal Father. We are created in His likeness and in His image and we will see Him, face to face someday. I know that He loves us all and the Book of Mormon is evidence of this. You can hold it in your hands and pray about it. That's what I did. I am a Mormon because my Heavenly Father answered and continues to answer my prayers.

How I live my faith

I have participated in the church in a variety of organizations and positions. From a young age I was involved in the youth programs in the church which helped me build strong relationships with the youth in my community as well as a firm testimony in this church. However, the majority of the time I live my faith in the home. As the oldest of three, I try to set a good example for my younger siblings, though they're often the example to me. Participation in the faith also extends to the visits my father and I made to members of the congregation to uplift and serve them. I've tried to base my life on the teachings of Jesus Christ by acting as he would. Currently I am serving an LDS mission which gives me the opportunity to share with those around me, the blessings that I've seen from this faith.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

There are many things in my life that lead me to a knowledge that there is a God. However, the principle that has solidified this belief in my life is the ability I have to receive personal direction from my Father in Heaven. I have made it a focus of my life to pursue this divine guidance through frequent prayer. The knowledge, direction and love that come to me when I am praying are undeniable. I know that there is a higher power that is doing far more than just hearing us, He is listening to us and responding. However, just as He listens to us, we must be willing to listen to Him and act upon the direction given through His spirit to our thoughts and feelings. It is through this two-way communication that is prayer that I have come to know for a surety that there is a God above. He loves us, He knows us and He is concerned for our well-being and happiness. We can speak to the Creator in any situation, at any time if we only pray. That knowledge is the reason for my conviction and I know that anyone can take the same path and discover this for themselves. Show more Show less