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Hi I'm Kaden

I'm 18 years old and from Colorado. I ski, hike, and play piano. I am passionate about food and math and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As I mentioned above, I like to ski during the winter and go on the occasional hike. I have been playing piano for maybe 10 years (but practicing is still work) and, I think, that I am starting to get better. Another one of my favorite things is to try new food, which I sometimes just end up cooking myself. In high school, my favorite subject was math, but I also enjoyed Spanish. Right now, I am going to college for engineering but will be taking a break for two years to be a missionary for the church in Mexico. I have 3 brothers and a sister and am the second youngest. I'm pretty reserved, I guess, but really like to spend time with my family because I really appreciate their senses of humor. Just to round it off, my favorite movie and show, respectively, are Scott Pilgrim and Adventure Time (which I sometimes watch in Spanish, but, not surprisingly, probably I will need to continue working on if I am going to understand anyone on my mission.)

Why I am a Mormon

Probably a large reason that I am Mormon is because of my parents. They work very hard to teach me about the church and the doctrine and set good examples for me. Whenever I feel inadequate (and a perfectionist always falling short frequently does) they remind me that I don't have to be perfect and that this is why Christ died for us; He sacrificed himself for our sins and our griefs and problems, which can be washed away as we keep working to be better and rely on Him. I don't know that the church is true with a surety otherwise I wouldn't need to lean on my small bit of faith, but I do feel that it is right. Its teachings make sense to me and I do believe that it demonstrates the correct way to live. I think that as we strive to follow the example of Christ, we are happier. He and God love us and want what is best for us. The Book of Mormon is scripture and, if we follow the lessons it and the Bible teach to help others and be kind, among other things, we can improve. I think this small hope and faith is why I am a member of the church.

How I live my faith

In our church, I try hard to help people, but frequently fall short, I think. I am definitely not perfect. In my congregation (which is called a ward) over the summer I served as a fast offering coordinator and a home teacher. In the first, I organized people to go to each door and ask for fast offerings, which members of the church contribute to help the needy. We brought these back to the bishop and the church uses them when people might be struggling. Also, everyone in the church acts as a home teacher. As a home teacher, I, with my assigned partner, try to check up on our assigned members and give them a spiritual message monthly. Also, if they needed any help moving or with anything else they couldn't do on their own, they could call us. Both of these help us to serve those that might need it and make sure no one falls through the cracks, but I have a long ways to go before I reach the ideal I just described. I think that it is the trying that counts, but I hope to better show my love towards others as I home teach in the future. In addition to those things I did above, I also sent in an application to become a missionary for the church. After several weeks they sent a letter back telling me where I was assigned and what I needed to do to get ready. I will be going to Mexico and my main purpose will be to share our beliefs and work to teach the way back to our Heavenly Father as we become more like our Savior Jesus Christ. I am nervous that I won't do a good job, but I hope that I will be able to help the people in Mexico. I will be gone for two years and, although it will be hard, I anticipate that it will be worth the sacrifice.

What is faith?

For me faith is trusting that, even though we are not perfect, we can be better as we work to keep the commandments and trust in the Savior. We also have to have faith in ourselves to know that the things which the church teaches are true. No one can know for sure that these things are true, but as we try to be faithful (and who doesn't have the occasional doubt) we can see more evidence that God loves us and that He wants us to be happy, which He expresses through the gospel, which can show us how to live. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Missionaries proselyte because they want to share the knowledge that they have gained. It is definitely work, but through their efforts they can bring their brothers and sisters all over the world to see the love of Christ and path we must work to follow in life. Show more Show less