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Hi I'm Connor

I'm a musician, a student of life, I'm serving a mission in Kansas, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Music is one of my biggest loves in life. I have played the trumpet for 11 years now with several different groups, including the University of Northern Colorado concert and jazz lab V bands, an independent brass quintet, and three years touring the country with the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps. I have also been involved in musical theater and various other creative ventures. Right now I am off in the great state of Kansas serving a two-year mission to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with others. After my mission, I plan to pursue a degree in music education. I want to learn how to write music as well. Apart from music, I also love learning about history, and really about any interesting subject. This has led me to do some family history research as well, because I like to hear old family stories and know about the history and culture that has influenced my life so much. I enjoy horseback riding, running, being outside, and working hard on any kind of project. I love to go hiking, which comes easy when you live where the mountains are. I love to explore and have a thing for adventure.

Why I am a Mormon

While I was born into the Church, and my family's history goes back almost to it's beginnings, that's not the only reason I have chosen to be an active member of this church. I have learned through very real, personal experiences that the Book of Mormon is true, and that this is God's restored church. Every time I have prayed for the Lord's help, He has sent someone or something to help me. I have been blessed to hold the restored Priesthood, and I have witnessed it work miracles in my own life as well as the lives of others. Whenever I am doing service for others, attending church events, or doing anything that is connected to the church or God, I feel a sense of peace and joy that comes from the Holy Spirit. Since my family is all members of the church, we all share a strong set of family values, creating a group of people that I can love, trust, and be safe with for eternity. I bear my testimony that this is God's church and that Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God. I know that Thomas S. Monson is a prophet called of God to lead His church today. I know that the Book of Mormon is a true record that shows Christ came to the Americas, and contains His teachings. I also know that families can be together forever. I know that the Priesthood, the power to unlock salvation for all of mankind, has been restored and is on the earth again. I know these things are true and just as real as the air we breathe and the earth we stand on, and everyone that reads this can know it too.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith in all of my daily activities. I try to find ways to apply my faith to my music, or sharing my faith with others through music. We believe that good and uplifting music helps us draw closer to God, and I hope to help people find that connection. Currently I am serving a 2 year mission in the Kansas Wichita Mission, and it is the greatest experience of my life! There is no greater feeling than being able to serve the Lord, and to share with others the greatest message the world has ever known. As long as I can remember, I have wanted to serve a mission because of the great happiness and blessings that have come to my life from the gospel of Jesus Christ. I want other people to feel that same happiness. I make an effort to pray whenever I can, say kind things to every person I meet, and find opportunities to serve others. I think there is no better way to live our faith than to serve, as the prophet Mosiah says in the Book of Mormon, "when ye are in the service of your fellow beings, ye are only in the service of your God". To sum it all up, I try to help and uplift as many people as I can.

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

The term "Mormon" is a nickname for the church, and it comes from our belief in the Book of Mormon, which is a companion book to the Bible. We did not invent the nickname, it has just stuck over the years. There is nothing wrong with calling us Mormons, even if we do prefer to use the full name of the church. The reason we prefer to use the full name (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints), however, is because this church belongs to Jesus Christ, and we believe the name should indicate that. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Yes we do! The Bible is a witness of the mortal life and ministry of Jesus Christ, which allows us to learn about who he was and what he did so that we can try to become more like Him. It also contains the important history of the origins of mankind and the story of God's chosen people, showing to us how He has always loved everyone and reached out to anyone who will listen to Him and repent. Many times, people ask why we have the Book of Mormon if the Bible is the Word of God. The simple answer is that God is still here, and He is still speaking to his people. The Book of Mormon is evidence of that, showing that God loves people who believe in and follow him all around the world, and that he gives to them the same blessings (such as prophets, revelation, and the priesthood) that he gave to the people in the Bible. The Book of Mormon and the Bible go hand-in-hand, each one confirming the truth of the other and together they contain the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less