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Hi I'm Christian DeShazer

I've been a member all of my life. I come from a family of eight kids, and I am preparing for a full-time mission. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am nineteen years old. I graduated high school last year, and I have been working for the last year in preparation for my mission. I love music, i sang in choir all four years of high school, i sang in a barbershop quartet that one state my senior year. I love basketball, and most sports. I come from a large family who have been members all our lives. I have six brothers and two sisters. I'm number seven out of eight. my four older brothers served missions and now my younger brother and I are preparing to serve. My dad passed away in February 2010 after a 21 month battle with Leukemia. It was a life changing experience and has made me the person I am today. My faith has given me much comfort in knowing I will see my dad again and live with him again. The whole experience brought my family and I very close. We were already close, but you realize how much more your family members mean to you when you lose someone like a parent. My real joy and interest is my family. I love them! When i return from my mission, my goals will be to start an education, and get married when the time is right.

Why I am a Mormon

Well I was born in this church, and raised. So the beliefs have always been instilled in me, but I never was fully converted until I went through the experiences that I did. It was such a struggle not really having a dad through High School, because of all the time he spent in the hospital. I had to grow up fast, and face the facts of life. These things happen, and there was no avoiding it. So the best thing was to find the reasons for this happening. My father never had a great relationship with us kids, he had a tough childhood, and because of that he had difficulty showing emotion and opening up to us. This experience completely changed who my dad was. After putting the cancer in remission twice, and going through two extended comas, he showed and expressed feelings he never had done before. I knew throughout all of this the Lord was testing him, and was testing us, to see how we handled these difficult trials. With faith, or despair. We always had faith though, no matter how hard things were, and because of this we were blessed immensely. It brought my family closer than ever. The relationship we had with our dad changed completely, and for me, it changed with my Father in Heaven. After going through that I knew that no matter what, as long as i trusted the lord with faith he would bless me. But just because I was born in this faith didn't mean I didn't have to be converted. I struggled for an extended time with making bad decisions, and living in a way I know wasn't pleasing to my Heavenly Father. I lost those feelings of the spirit in my life, and I wasn't truly happy with myself. Once i stopped though, it completely turned my life around. I started making good decisions, and truly living the Gospel of Jesus Christ, that I so depended on during the time my dad fought cancer. I live this Gospel because I know it is true, I know this is how i will see and live with my dad again, and live with my Heavenly father, and his son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

Right now after high school my goal, and duty is to prepare for a mission. It is an opportunity to go out and share this gospel, that I hold so true and dear to me. So as of right now that is how I am living my life. In preparation of what is to come. I am excited to share this knowledge that I have, and experience things that my brothers, and my dad have all had. I will go out and spend all day everyday studying, teaching, and growing spiritually. I am constantly studying, because if I am to go out and teach this, i must prepare myself, and know all that I should know. This time of life is much of preparation, for all the big decision to make in life, and this gives me time to prepare for adult hood and think about those things I want to do in my life. Living on my own, meeting new people, living in strange new places, it forces you to grow up quickly, and it will be an experience that will be valuable to me for the rest of my life.