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Hi I'm William West

I'm a pre-med undergraduate student. I'm a teacher, a rock climber, and a scuba diver. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Will West. I'm an older brother, the second of six children. I love hanging out with my seven-year-old little sister and nine-year-old little brother. I love being outside and anything that takes me there - rock climbing, hiking, scuba diving, skiing, running, boating, etc. I love exploring new things and places. I have served a mission as a Mormon missionary in Milan, Italy where I learned to speak Italian. Teaching is one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. I have tutored math, taught swimming lessons and I am now employed as a teacher of English as a second language. I'm currently studying Neuroscience at my university and will be applying to medical school in a year or two.

Why I am a Mormon

For me, it would be impossible to ignore the precise and personal way that the Lord has acted in my life. When I was 14 years old, I began reading the scriptures. I was certain that God was there but I felt no direct relationship with Him. I had always heard that the Lord uses the scriptures to communicate with His children and I was curious. I started reading the Bible - the New Testament. I made the goal to read 10 minutes every night. I prayed sincerely before and after I read, asking God to speak to me. I often asked Him questions about my every-day life - how could I be a good brother and friend? How could I overcome my seemingly insurmountable weaknesses? Sometimes I would just ask, "Are you really there?" I expected answers to come suddenly in some sort of special moment when the Lord would make everything clear to me. I was surprised to find instead that the real surety came through simple moments with the scriptures. As I read, personal answers began to come. It was amazing! So precise and specific for me. As I would read, it seemed that the verses I was reading underlined in detail the current situations of my life and the questions I was asking in my prayers. The most powerful part was the way I felt as I read these passage. The feeling so strong and constant. The consistancy with which God made Himself felt through the scriptures is undeniable for me, and I remember those feelings still so clearly. I hadn't expected anything like that, but it was so tangible and real. I know that God speaks. As I later read and prayed about the Book of Mormon, He spoke to me in the same specific, powerful way. I asked and God answered. Thats why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Sometimes it seems like its hard to find time to do anything at all - I go to school, I have a job, I volunteer with a service organization, social life, etc. Life is busy. For me, one of the most fundamental ways I live my faith is through what I call my "God Time." I try to plan a little time every day that I can dedicate to Him. I use it to study the scriptures, meditate, and seek direction from my Father in Heaven through prayer. I honestly often feel almost drowned by the fast pace of life as it goes by - I feel like the only time I can really see clearly is during that hour. It still amazes me how quickly and clearly inspiration comes through the scriptures. Like anyone I struggle to maintain balance in life, and many times I don't succeed in maintaining a strong connection with my Father in Heaven. But when I do get this precious time, the difference is tangible. I know God really does draw near to me when I draw near to him.