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Hi I'm Carson

I'm 18 years old and serving a mission in San Salvador/Belize. I'm a percussionist, a swimmer, and a lifeguard. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love band and I play piano, clarinet, and all percussion. And I LOVE being a missionary! I serve in the El Salvador San Salvador West/Belize mission, Spanish-speaking. After I return I plan on transferring to BYU. Before my mission, I completed two semesters at community college. I'm 18 years old, a missionary, the oldest of five children, and am happy to have lived with both my mom and dad before my mission. I was on drumline all four years of high school, and have my own drumset to keep myself sharp. I absolutely LOVE music-- performing, writing, playing, listening. I have been on swim teams since I was six, and my favorite stroke is butterfly, because it's the hardest! I love to lifeguard and teach swim lessons at my local pool. Teaching the little kids has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life; the little guys inspire me! I love people! My dream job would be a teacher if they made more money. So instead I plan on pursuing psychology, therapy, or something else with direct relation to people services.

Why I am a Mormon

My mom and dad were already members, so I was born into the Church. I always pretty much took my membership for granted until a couple years ago when I REALLY prayed earnestly following a series of humbling events. I needed to know if God was really there. And He is! I received an answer to my prayer through a feeling in my heart, and a joy in my soul that had NOT come from me! I have a burning testimony of the truth of this Church and the real power of the Spirit. I love feasting on the words of Christ, and I love learning more about the Gospel. I like being happy, and happiness is what the Church brings to me. As I live and understand my standards, I see the freedom and happiness they bring to me. I love going to church, Institute, and other Church meetings, and even though not everyone's perfect, we're all friends. If you come to church, especially on the first Sunday of the month, you can see what our religion means to us.

How I live my faith

Unless I'm sick, I NEVER miss a Sunday at church. I'm served in multiple leadership positions in the young men's priesthood quorums. I enjoy going home teaching with my dad to our assigned families. It's always an awesome feeling to see one of our inactive families come back to church. At school I get asked a lot about my religion and I like to share it. There are tons of hilarious beliefs and stereotypes that people think of us and it's a relief to explain them. Twice every year we have General Conference, which is basically church on TV, when we hear our Prophet and his Apostles speak. I love to hear all the talks and when I hear President Monson speak I can see that he's a true prophet. I love institute, and I never miss a night! What many people don't realize is that missionaries PAY to be able to serve. I saved up my OWN money, and I know why I'm here! The Lord has called me to His work, to preach his Gospel and serve his children. The Lord wants us to follow Him, and as I myself do, the Lord blesses the people I serve. And I love the people. As I steadily get better at reading my scriptures(especially the Book of Mormon), I understand the power and truth contained in the words of God. I love the words of Christ and I love developing a personal relationship with my Savior. My religion is the most important part of my life and there's nothing I'd trade for it.

Where did Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begin?

In the spring of 1820, in Palmyra, New York, a young boy named Joseph Smith had a question. He wanted to know which Church was the real truth of God, not of man. After avidly searching the scriptures, he found James 1:5, which states that "If any man lack wisdom, let him ask of God... and it shall be given unto him." Joseph went to a grove of trees near his home, knelt, and asked God for His answer. In Joseph's own words: "I saw a pillar of light, exactly above my head, which descended gradually until it fell upon me... When the light rested upon me, I saw two personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name, and said, pointing to the other: "This is my Beloved Son. Hear Him!" Joseph Smith was called of God to restore Christ's true Gospel to the earth, just like Moses, Noah, and other prophets of old. Over the next few years, Joseph was instructed by more heavenly messengers, who led him to translate the Book of Mormon and who restored the authority of Christ to the earth. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was organized on April 6th, 1830, under the leadership of the prophet Joseph Smith. Now the Lord has extended His restored Gospel to all corners of the earth, for this is His Church! Show more Show less