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Hi I'm Quinn

I'm a father of 5 and served a mission in the Czech Republic. I'm a hiker. I'm a rock climber. I'm a geocacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love rock climbing, rappelling, hiking, camping, geocaching, wrestling, gymnastics, playing the piano and singing a'cappella. Ok, so some of those I used to do and am well out of practice now, but I can still love them right? I do still quite often go hiking and geocaching. I just love to get out into nature and enjoy this great world we have! I currently work at Boeing as a Mechanical Engineer. I started there in April (2011) and before that worked a few years at C&D Zodiac in Marysville, and also at PCSI Design where I started my career after college. I guess since I started going backwards, I'll continue. I graduated in 2006 from Brigham Young University in Utah, where I met and married my wonderful wife Lisa. We had three kids by the time I graduated, and two more after that to finish our family. I graduated from Orem High School in Orem, Utah, where I was born and raised.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I grew up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I, like all members of our church, had to gain my own testimony and have my own conversion experience. I followed the advice of the last prophet to write in the Book of Mormon, Moroni, and prayed to know if it really was true. The feeling I had is one I will never forget, a direct confirmation from God that the Book of Mormon is scripture, just like the Bible, and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the church Jesus organized! It was truly structured for all of us here on this earth to bring us closer to Him and each other, and teach us about this life, where we came from, and where we will be after we die. I have since learned to pray more sincerely, actually talking with my Father in Heaven, and to pay attention to the Holy Ghost for real answers from God! He has always answered my prayers, and I have felt that same wonderful, spiritual feeling many times in answer to many of my prayers, just as I did when I first asked if the Book of Mormon was true. I have also had answers in the form of thoughts telling me what I should do, or in answer to my questions. I had a weak time spiritually at the first part of my mission, partially due to surgery and medical issues, as well as homesickness and stresses, and I almost came home. I even was at the point that I had a plane ticket back to the states. Through discussions with very caring missionaries who knew what I was going through and had had similar experiences, the Holy Ghost confirmed to me with that overwhelming spiritual feeling of love from God, that I was doing the right thing to be there serving the people of the Czech Republic. I stayed and finished out my two year mission, and it's been the best thing I've ever done in my life! It is true that if you try to do what you want with your life, you will miss a lot, but give your life to the Lord and the gospel and you will gain more than you could ever imagine!

How I live my faith

I serve as a Home Teacher, which is basically going to visit some of the families in our church each month and see how they're doing, if they need anything, share a spiritual message, and just hang out and visit sometimes. I'm also the Ward Membership Clerk. (A Ward is the congregation, led by a Bishop.) My role in this position is to keep track of the records of the membership of our Ward, who's moving in or out, who's getting baptized, who's receiving positions in the church, etc. I love the gospel, the feeling of family, and the wonderful feelings I get confirming that God is always there and watching over me.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

The best way I've heard it explained is that it's like a University. To get accepted to a University, you have to meet certain qualifications. There are certain qualifications that need to be met by church members, such as following the council and standards of the church, to be able to participate in such holy ordinances as are performed in the temples. The reason behind it, I believe, is that temples are the closest you can get to the other side, and you need to be living in a way that would be appropriate to participate in such things. In the temples, you can be baptized for those who have passed on who didn't get the chance, or sealed (marriage for time and all eternity, not just until death) for those who didn't get that chance, so they can have that opportunity to be together forever. In the temples, you can even be proxy for children to be sealed to their parents to seal that family bond after death. It is a great work that can be done for those in the next life, to have those great opportunities and bonds beyond the grave. We don't assume that by performing these ordinances, all deceased people must then be members of our church and accept what we're doing whether they like it or not. We actually perform these ordinances as an opportunity for those who have passed on to accept or reject as they choose. We have such strong feelings toward God and Jesus and wanting to be with them and each other again after this life, that we want to give everyone that chance. Show more Show less