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Hi I'm J.D.

I'm an eager and enthusiastic student. I'm an aspiring and ambitious leader. I'm dedicated and determined to uplift. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in the beautiful Grand Canyon state and have resided here with my family of my mom and dad, three younger brothers, one sister, and an old dog. I live in a suburb of the massive metropolitan area of Phoenix, a scorching hot place in the summers (and most of the year), but I love it dearly. My parents raised me to be a practical lover of the outdoors, an explorer, an athlete, a musician, and an avid seeker of truth and education. I continue to develop my talents and loves, but among the many I have, I dedicate my time to research about my ancestors, being with family and friends, enjoying baseball, making music, mountain biking, and reading. I am constantly on the lookout of new things and new places. I served a religious mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormon church) in the South American country of Paraguay, a beautiful, natural land filled with amazingly generous people and rich culture. This was a rite of passage for me, for it helped me mature my interests and it has led me to conduct a much more disciplined life. I attend Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, where I am currently studying Information Systems, a field that actually thrills me - I love the power of technology. I feel ambitious and have faith that I will work hard enough to become extremely proficient in that field, or in whatever I decide to pursue.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were both Mormon and so at an early age I made the decision to be a member of the Mormon church as well, following their council. Upon my upbringing and as I have grown up, I have 100% realized for myself that this church is true, that God lives and loves me a ton, and I am filled with the burning desire to serve Him, my fellow beings, and myself, so I can have the happiest life imaginable, as He promises. Holy cow, He means it, too. Realizing that the same teachings that Jesus Christ taught long ago are actually on the Earth today really makes me feel so grateful that I was born in a family who believed it and loved it. I know that I am a literal son of God and that he loves me dearly. I love being a Mormon. I know all this to be true. One day when I was about 15 years old, I was reading the Book of Mormon by myself in our living room. It was night, and there was no one awake in the house. After reading a while, I knelt down on the carpet, remembering the council that my parents and church teachers told me, to ask God if the Book of Mormon is true. I did so. That very same thing. I asked God, "Is this true?" Right when I said it, I was filled with emotion. I started crying, feeling a strong sense of understanding. It was glorious. I knew it to be true. I knew God had told me in His own way that this is indeed true!

How I live my faith

First and foremost I try to be a missionary, meaning that I strive to tell people about Jesus Christ and how we can live His teachings to be way happier all the time. I teach people who attend the same church building I do, strengthening them and serving them, especially at times when they need it really badly. I supervise some of the other guys who have this teaching job. I am also asked to help organize weekly activities - fun stuff that a group I participate in decides on.