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Hi I'm Ammon

I grew up in Gilbert. I am a student. I like camping, hiking, biking, and reading. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I like to ride my bike and enjoy the AZ weather. Camping and hiking are pastimes I enjoy when I can find the time. I am a husband that works for a university and I am going to school for my masters in Community Counseling/Mental Health. I enjoy going to the river or the lake, and visiting the snow in the high country in the winter. I love working on projects around the house to make my home and yard look better. I am a husband and still waiting for little-ones to come our way. I enjoy plants and when I am not working full-time and going to school full time I hope to have a yard full of trees, flowers, and other vegetation as I love helping things (and people) grow.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of the peace that the gospel brings. Life is so much better when I understand where I came from before I was born, why I am here, and where may go when this earth life is over. Knowing that families are eternal is such a wonderful thing. I love knowing that I have been married to my wife for Time and All Eternity and not just until Death do us part. I have never met one of my grandfathers because he died before I was born and I lost a brother to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome when I was only 5. The gospel brings me so much joy knowing that I will see my brother again and that I will get to meet and know my grandfather personally and not just in stories. As I follow God's commandments He has given me freedom from addictions and other forms of bondage. While many see His commandments as limiting, they have brought me so many blessings, joy, and freedom! The bible tells of Jesus visiting "other sheep" not of this fold (when He was in the Jerusalem area) and the Book of Mormon is the record of those other sheep. I love how the Bible and Book of Mormon both testify of our Savior his ministry on two continents and how He lives and will come again. I look forward to the day when I can meet Him who died for me, giving me the ability to repent and become like Him. I am grateful for a prophet and 12 apostles called by God to lead and guide the members of the Church of Jesus Christ, for it is Jesus' church in these latter-days, and give us warning and direction of the things we should do. It is very comforting that as God had prophets all throughout the Bible to guide the people, that has called a prophet in our day to give us guidance and direct. God is a part of my life and his commandment, teachings, and church give me guidance, direction, and understanding for every decision, great or small, that I make on a daily basis. I am so grateful for Jesus Christ, His church, and all that He has done for me to help me become the person that I am.

How I live my faith

Each day I live my faith in the way I dress and the activities I choose to participate in. I have helped many youth in the Boy Scouts of America with their Eagle Projects, I have volunteered in Soup Kitchens and Homeless shelters, and have learned to love work and giving service. A local community college has one of the largest rose gardens in AZ and a few times I have been over there to help them in trimming the roses and keeping the college grounds beautiful. Because my faith teaches that we should seek after wholesome activities, I enjoy going to the theater to see community plays, sing in community choirs, and enjoy a good concert. Because I have been taught to serve and help others, my faith has been an important influence in my choosing to become a counselor in the community. I also enjoy donating to organizations like Salute A Solider, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and many other organizations that help individuals in my community. My faith also encourages me to be informed of the events in my community and thus has helped me see the importance of learning about political candidates and choosing the one that I feel will best serve our community. I like how the church never supports and particular candidate, but always reminds us to choose those individuals who are righteous, good, and honest people that will make our communities better and allow us to keep all of our freedoms; especially our religious freedoms. We all have challenges each day, and whether I am driving in traffic, standing in long lines at the store, or interacting with those who are negative or of a poor disposition, my faith has helped me to see the good in others and try to make choices that Jesus would make. While I am not perfect, and have made my share of mistakes, I know that through Jesus Christ I can get back on the right path and change my ways to become a better person. I am my faith and my faith is me. I am who I am because of what I believe.