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Hi I'm Elliott

Son. Black Belt. Mormon.

About Me

I'm a family oriented sort of person. I love my parents, my siblings, and my in-laws. They are, in all seriousness, my best friends. My fondest memories are with them, and they've been there for me in my toughest trials and my happiest moments. I'm a black belt. I've practiced Tae Kwon Do since I was six. I've worked hard, and through hard work, I've earned my second-degree black belt. A lot of people see it as a bragging right. I see it as a symbol of years of hard work and dedication. Simply put, I'm a perfectly ordinary kid preoccupied with completely ordinary problems, and spending my time doing completely ordinary things. I work. I pay bills. I cook. I clean. And occasionally, I burst into song. I meet new people, spend time with friends, and hang with my family. I ski, play soccer, and love to laugh. I play games, read, and listen to music. I dream about tomorrows and remember yesterdays, but I live for today. I think, feel, and write. And, I'm Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

Answer: because I want to be. I could talk about all sorts of things about why being a Mormon is great, but that's not why I'm a Mormon. Rather, I'm Mormon because I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Saints is the true church - the Lord's church - restored to the earth yet again. I know that God remembers me. There was a time in my life when I didn't know that, but the small and simple things - the mercies that God has shown me, like a simple hello or somebody remembering my name when I needed it the most - have reminded me that God does love me and remembers me. The feelings I have when I go to church or talk about the chuch tell me that this is right, that it's true. When I read from the Book of Mormon and find an answer to the problems I face, I feel happy. When I learn a new commandment or find something I could be doing differently and I do it, I feel happy. When I pray to know if the church is true, I feel happy. The happiness I feel is how I know the gospel has been restored, and this happiness is why I choose to be a member of the church.

How I live my faith

First and foremost, I try to be more than a "Sunday Christian". I always try to act how I would around my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I make time for church meetings and events, and I look for opportunities to do community service. I invite my friends - both member and non-member - to church activities. I try to be a friend to those who need one, and I try to uplift and support my friends by being supportive and encouraging them as they seek to accomplish their goals. I seek to learn more about my religion - the religion practiced by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Currently, I'm serving a mission for the Church. I look forward to the moments when I study - not just for the sake of reading scripture, but for the chance I really reflect on what I can do to improve myself as a person. What it really comes down to is that I try to be a good person - the best person I know how to be. I aim to always be better, to always be kind, and to try to see people as Christ sees them. And while I'm not perfect, I'm trying to improve.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

If you really want to know if the gospel has been restored, and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is Christ's chuch restored yet again, you simply have to exercise faith. Read from the Book of Mormon, live by its teachings. In the introduction, you'll read that abiding by its precepts will draw man closer to God than by any other book. And after you try living by some of its teachings, pray to God, ask if it's true. If you're sincere when you ask, and you intend to act on the answer you receive, you will receive answer. Pay attention to the feelings you have - if you feel happiness and peace, the type of happiness and peace that just makes you happy just thinking about because it never really goes away, then you'll know with a surety it's true. Show more Show less