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Hi I'm Paden

I grew up in Idaho. I love music more than anything else on earth. I'm always expanding my horizons, because I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Well, where to start? I love writing. I've been writing poetry for the last two years. I consider myself a poet, but don't ever compare myself to the greats. I think that one of the greatest gifts that God has given us is to be able to have the freedom to write and think and be to our fullest potential and strive to be the best that we can be. I'm one of those people will be half asleep, about to pass out at night when I have to get up and write because something will come to me. I love music. I've been playing piano for about 9 years now. I have been playing drums for about 7 years. I've been playing guitar for a year or so now. I played piano in a post-rock group and I played drums in a mathcore group as well. We put lots of time and talent into composing our music. I listen to all types of music that inspire me to be a better person. I try my best not to discriminate against other types of music, and also other people that go out of their way to hate on the music I listen to today. I would not be the person I am today without the music that I have. My current major in college is psychology. I love psychology and sociology. People just fascinate me so much. I love studying them as individuals and groups and why they are the way they are as people and as individuals. My desire to figure people out feeds into my poetry and music as well. It's the scientist part of me that has a desire to write everything down as it is experienced.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because it all makes sense to me. I was raised in the church, yes, but I had to find out for myself if what my parents had been teaching me is true. Before I converted, in a very literal sense, I studied a lot of things that mankind doesn't know about and can't explain. That's what I wanted the church to be for me. I read the scriptures. I wanted it to be more than it actually is. My mother made the analogy to me that I'm "looking beyond the mark." (Jacob 4:14) It was actually simpler than what I wanted it to be. I now realize the knowledge in that. It is the grand paradox I had been looking for in life. Everything in the gospel revolves back on itself, and there is NOTHING that can be detrimental to our existence here on God's green earth. It fills all the holes in life that philosophy and knowledge don't. It all revolves around the two most important topics on earth (the more of which I study, the more of which I come to realize are the most important) families, and Jesus Christ's atonement for us. They are the most important things. I found this after studying and praying, and continue to realize it daily. God's love for us by providing these things for us is astounding to me, and I can't express how much to everyone I come in contact with how grateful I am for these things. I honestly had a testimony of the truth before I even knew from God. Things need to make sense logically, but also they need to make sense from God too. I have gained both.

How I live my faith

"People are my religion, because I believe in them." I had a lot of friends I have here at home who aren't LDS who ask me questions. They would ask me about why I don't drink or smoke and why I don't have premarital sex and why I like to go to church. I would ask them back if they see any side effects from living a clean and virtuous life. I have been told by them that they wish their parents had taught them the morals that would have protected them from the lives they live today. I love being an example in a diverse world of decaying values today for my friends and people I come in contact with. I don't consider it that much of my every day living, but I am a light. I love being a light as well. Not because of the attention it attracts to me. Heck-to-the-no. I love being a light for people because it lets me share my faith with others who are wondering and searching. I like to ask people about their faith. I don't bible bash with people, but some people think I want to. A lot of people don't even want to talk about faith. This has always fascinated me. What's the use of partaking of faith and religion if you aren't even driven forth and inspired by it? I love religion in the sense that it unites people in the crazy world that we live in today. We may not all get along in the different faiths that we are united in, but we all believe in good causes.

Are Mormons Christians?

I'll answer this with another question? How are we NOT Christians? "Prove me now herewith." Every facet of the existence of our gospel that holds together every crack and crevice of our church points to Jesus Christ. Through him and by him and of him we are, were, and continue to be. Our very breath and life are a gift from a loving Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. We cannot obtain any of our divine potential as children of a Heavenly Father without him. Without him we would live forever in our sins and the end of life would be the end of existence, which makes current existence a tough place to live in. Show more Show less