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Hi I'm Elder Haws

I'm a singer. I love Ultimate Frisbee and quoting movies. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Although I was born in Utah, I've lived all over the United States, including Iowa, California, and Washington. The majority of my life has been spent living in the Seattle area which is, in my opinion, the most beautiful place on earth and where I truly feel at home. I am a very family centered individual, the natural result of being the second eldest of nine siblings, and love spending time with my parents and siblings. I also love taking advantage of the many outdoor recreational activities Washington & Utah offer, including hiking, backpacking, skiing, climbing, mountaineering, swimming, boating, and biking. Although I don't have the slightest idea of what I want to do for a living, I have been studying Political Science with a minor in Music. I've actually put my studies on hold for two years, and currently am serving a mission in Apia, Samoa. In addition to the outdoors, music is my passion. I have been singing regularly since I was in preschool and have had the honor to sing in two high school choral groups, one All-State Choir, three State Solo & Ensemble Competitions, and one University Choral group. I also have participated in dramatic performing arts, singing, dancing, and acting in front of audiences as few as 3 or 4 and as large as 10,000. In short, I love life and feel so blessed to have been given so many opportunities, family members and great friends along the path of my life.

Why I am a Mormon

Like many of my friends and family members, I was raised in the Church under the kind and careful nurturing of two incredible parents who taught me the Gospel of Jesus Christ and how to live its teachings from my earliest years. When I turned 8, I was officially Baptized a member. However, there came a point for me, like many of those I know, where my parent's testimonies (or personal convictions) of the Gospel weren't enough. Christ's Gospel has enough demands that I couldn't follow him and not know for myself that what I was doing was correct, especially in a world that so contradicts and even combats the truths he taught and lived. Eventually, over the course of about four years, I slowly but surely exercised faith by living the teachings I had been given, reading the Book of Mormon and other Standard Works regularly, praying day and night to my Father in Heaven, and earnestly seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit for direction and council. Unlike some, I never experienced a single grand and glorious moment of revelation in which I gained a sudden and firm conviction of the truth of the Gospel. Rather I progressively came to grow a personal testimony of my own as I began to discern the promptings of the Holy Spirit, recognize God's hand in my life and see how living according to Christ's commandments really made my life simpler, sweeter, more fun, and more fulfilling. Eventually I realized that I did have a testimony of the Gospel, and have come to rely heavily on it since. My testimony is the foundation of my lifestyle, and has supported me through heartbreaking tragedy, arduous trials of all sorts, and dark moments of pain, fear, doubt, and uncertainty. It has given me direction, purpose, and inexpressible joy which increases as my testimony grows year by year. My life isn't always easy or fun, but I know with certainty that Christ's gospel is true, that it has blessed me beyond measure and will continue to do so throughout eternity.

How I live my faith

My efforts to follow Christ entail trying to live like Him and keeping His commandments, whether given in the Standard Works, or through the words of Modern Prophets who receive revelation for God's Church. Among the things I do are praying day and night, reading from the Book or Mormon daily, exercising, sleeping enough and eating well in order to remain healthy, striving to work hard and honestly both in school and in occupation. I am careful to dress and keep my hygiene clean, neat, and presentable. Being polite, serviceable, and friendly to others (even those I don't know or have significant differences with) is a priority of mine. I keep my speech clean and respectful, and I always do my best to take time for others, especially friends and family. I am always extremely cautious in my personal behaviors and actions to avoid watching, viewing, or participating in evil or degrading media or activities. Some other things I do include Family Genealogical work through indexing, visiting the temple regularly in order to do work for those who have passed on, and partaking of the sacrament each week to renew my baptismal covenants. Sunday is a sacred day for me, a day set aside to re-focus on God, my obligations to Him and our relationship. Ultimately, I live my faith by obedience to God's commandments. Sometimes it's difficult to obey, like being called to give up two years and serve a mission, but it's always well worth the blessings that God pours out upon his servants.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Elder Haws
If I had to select a favorite doctrine, this would be it. God in his infinite understanding realizes that the sweetest joys in this life come from our relationships with our fellow-men. Thus his greatest gift he has to offer is eternal exaltation in his presence with our families. When I consider my parents and how much they love each other, I can't imagine the thought of them being separated forever, especially when they've overcome so many personal struggles to build the relationship they have now. I also can't imagine not being a big brother to my precious little brothers and sisters, and I definitely can't imagine my older sister not being there to guide me and help me. To leave this mortal life and discover that we're no longer a family simply doesn't make any sense, it would be heartbreaking. The opportunity I will have to marry in the temple and be sealed to my future wife for time and all eternity is something I've anticipated and sacrificed for since I was a young boy. There is nothing I can imagine more perfect (and more difficult) than to embark on a great adventure with my sweet spouse in building a family and a home meant to withstand eternity itself. I bear witness that this is the ultimate purpose of the Gospel of Christ, that a man and woman may create a family and live righteously in Christ's Church during this life and in the eternal world to come. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Elder Haws
The Book of Mormon is a work comparable to the Bible that details God's dealings with two nations in the Americas. It contains doctrines and historical records aiming to testify that Jesus is the Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, and the Creator of this Earth. Though the Book is entirely truthful, it is not a science or history book and ought not to be read as such. While science and history support some facts written in the Book of Mormon, much of its material, by divine design, cannot be scientifically or historically proven (though it is worth noting that nothing in the Book can be dis-proven). This is because it is necessary to develop belief in the Book and its doctrines by faith, a process which requires trust in God and personal confirmation through the Holy Spirit in place of factual proof. The prophet Moroni writes at the end of the Book, promising those who study it with sincerity and without bias that if they pray to God honestly asking to know whether the Book of Mormon is true that they will receive a witness of its truth from God by the Holy Spirit. I've taken Moroni's challenge and received a personal witness for myself, allowing me to know that this Book is God's word. I've also been blessed immeasurably for trying to live my life according to the teachings of the book. I testify of its truth and of its potential to completely change ones life for the better, and I do so in the sacred name of Jesus Christ, amen. Show more Show less