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Hi I'm Grant

I grew up in Arizona. I am working to become a professional counselor. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am at a crossroads right now. I am trying to find a job and am applying in the field of behavioral health and college admissions. In order to do what would be more idealistic for me I would need at least a master's degree in one of the social sciences with a license from the state of Arizona. One of my decisions is whether to do a master's online and begin right now or to just focus on finding a job and apply to a higher-ranking university for next year. Well, it always helps to do the necessary research for all alternatives and find out what my options are. I have received my Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology and spent over the last decade of my life in the service industry. Not having a job can seem more difficult than having one. I am starting to plan my weeks all around the job hunt and am relieved when I have to go to the store or something. Not that I spend every waking hour one the hunt. There is always a morning routine which ends with exercise and cooking for the next couple meals. As it starts to cool down I figure it is almost good enough to do some mountain biking. I also love hiking and camping and the outdoors all together. I figure after getting a job it will not be scary (economically) to do some offroading in my vehicle. In the winter I like to snowboard, but am not very good at it. When I am not outside I enjoy reading novels and am currently reading classics such as Moby Dick and Uncle Tom's Cabin.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of the affirmation which I have felt in my heart after having prayed to God to know whether the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints was true. This affirmation grows as I have since taken into my life Gospel of Jesus Christ meaning: as I have applied the doctrine and principles of the Gospel to myself personally I have been able to grow as a person. For example, as to having applied the doctrine of repentance I have found that Jesus Christ is my Savior and that there is no other way of becoming a better me and overcoming my shortfalls and sins except by him. In times of feeling alone I have felt the presence of God in my life as I have used what has been taught to me in the LDS Church like prayer, fasting, and going to Church meetings on Sunday. In essence, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints is my life as Jesus Christ is the means that I find happiness. And reading the Book of Mormon with the Bible has given me more in-depth understanding of life and how to live it righteously as a disciple following the Savior. It is simple, yet the learning found in there is profound and fortifying to the truth such as is found in the Bible. Reading it the first time is what brought me to a knowledge for the first time that God exists and that He loves me. And, I have been able to renew that knowledge at times of happiness and times of sadness by looking to Him again. Either sad or happy the result comes out the same- I humbly thank Him for giving me life and the opportunity to serve him.

How I live my faith

Perhaps I already commented on this in the 'Why I am a Mormon' section. I live my faith by being a good member of my community. I try to walk the walk and talk the talk of one who would profess to have a strong set of values. When I did have a job, I did not use bad language and try to show respect towards others as I would want them to do the same for me. In regards to work, putting in the effort and doing a complete job of what is expected so that I could look my supervisors and managers in the eye was my ideal. In other words, I am honest in my dealings with people. I have participated in the scouting program for almost a year as a leader and thoroughly enjoy the young boys and there diligence. Also, I enjoy working with the mid-single adults in my Church to lend a hand here and there in activities which we do. For instance, we meet every month on a Monday evening at a local chapel in a back reception room to do a fellowship dinner. It is my privilege (when I am available) to help set up tables and chairs, then put them up again. Mid-singles from all over come to these dinners, but mid-singles of other faiths are welcome too. Participating in activity in the Church membership and living honestly while working and going to schools are some ways that I live my faith. There is much more that I can do and want to do as living my faith there is always plenty to do!