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Hi I'm Devin

I'm from Hurricane, Utah. I served a mission for the church in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. And yes, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I like to think of myself as a pretty chill guy. I like going with the flow with whoever wants to go. I like snowboarding, wakeboarding, hiking, camping, playing soccer and guitar, listening to music, watching movies, taking random road trips, meeting new people, and tons of other stuff. I would say the two greatest blessings in my life are my family and my group of friends. I was blessed with such an awesome family! We are all really close to each other and we actually enjoy spending time together. I am the youngest of four kids; I have 1 older brother and 2 older sisters. My parents worked hard to raise us as "free agents" in the gospel of Jesus Christ. We were raised with very few rules in my family, but rather with expectations. There exists a good culture of being obedient for the right reason in my family. I can't say enough about my fam! I believe that friends, or peers in general, have the most influence on what type of person we become. I'm grateful to have friends that help me keep my standards high. They are always ready to go have some good clean fun. That's what it's all about I think. It's about being happy. We should be having the type of fun that we don't have to regret the next day. My friends are a huge strength in my life. I attribute much of who, and where, I am today to my friends. They have made all the difference in my life!

Why I am a Mormon

Since my childhood I was heavily influenced by the church and its culture. I always tried to do my best to search for its truthfulness for myself and not accept "blindly" the teachings from those around me. I would always read the Book of Mormon and pray to know if it was true, and I always felt good about my searching. I was never tempted too dramatically to abandon my beliefs or to take another course in life. One day while serving a mission for the church in Brazil I was put to the test. Our purpose as missionaries is to "Invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end." At the center of this purpose is baptism. One particular month I was having little success. I had been several weeks without baptizing anyone. Finally we found a family of 7 and one more man who were all marked to be baptized on the same day! It was a miracle! Sadly when we showed up the day before the baptism, the family wanted nothing to do with the church anymore. I went home frustrated and fell to my knees. I felt so alone. I felt like I was sacrificing so much for God and He wasn't even helping me. I had a very sincere prayer with my Heavenly Father that night. I told Him that I was ready to go home if none of this "mormon business" is true. On the other hand, if it was true I was ready to go forward and never look back. It's this part that's difficult to explain. The peace I felt was indescribable. I know without a doubt that this church is Christ's true church with a living prophet and authority to perform saving ordinances! The Book of Mormon is a true book written by true prophets. Joseph Smith was called of God to restore all these precious truths. How grateful I am for this experience and for my testimony. I sincerely love my Savior Jesus Christ. I look forward to the day when I can thank Him for everything He did for me.

How I live my faith

I currently have the calling to be a home teacher. I am responsible for visiting four individuals and for caring for their needs: physically, emotionally and spiritually. The late Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin, an apostle in the church, said, "The gospel of Jesus Christ is a gospel of transformation. It takes us as men and women of the earth and refines us into men and women for the eternities." To me personally living my faith includes striving daily to become more like my Savior and helping those around me do the same. I try to always "be an example of the believers" as we read in 1 Timothy 4:12. After being a full-time missionary I recognized the importance of opening my mouth and sharing the gospel with everyone I can. I am always willing to have a conversation with anyone about my personal beliefs.