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Hi I'm Elijah

I'm a singer--I'm from singing blood. I love my family. I'm trying to figure out what I'm doing with my life. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I graduated from high school on time, and began college like I should. I served a mission and finished my degree, but now I'm unsure where to go next. I moved across the country and I'm not even sure if my major will apply to my life's work--which I feel like I'm still looking for. I love the game of basketball. I tried out many years in high school and was cut each time. Those cuts led me to sing more and more, and that has shaped my life for the last ten years. Between composing, organizing singing groups, and majoring in vocal performance my life goals have centered around music. I love card games. They're great socializing games. my favorite is speed--California style. I also love Gin-Rummy because my grandfather taught it to me and it reminds me of him. I also love to hike. It's one of the most consistent activities that remember having with my father and brother. It helps me get out of this world into something broader, but at the same time more personal and private. I love to read. I especially love reading about history and languages. I love cultures and trying to understand why my culture/any culture does what it does. I love reasoning out how we've come to where we are as a race.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church. I was sheltered from a lot of the stuff that the world had to offer. But you rarely find any situation or bubble that is truly impermeable. It was only a matter of time before I had to find out for myself what I believed in. I've faced challenges that made me question myself, my family, and my faith. I've made choices that I'm not proud of, and I've missed some opportunities that I regret. My journey of faith began with my talks with my heavenly father. Family life wasn't great and He was the only one to talk to about it. I wasn't always very nice or respectful, but He always listened. Then I met a handicapped friend. I was about seven. I liked caring for and teaching him. I didn't understand why. The first two parts of scripture that I remember reading in entirety were the articles of faith and the book of Ether. I found so many questions and grounded doctrines within that I dug to my personal bedrock for answers. I began to search for what I knew (or wanted to live by) rather than what others had told me. In truth, it's been a long road since then. I've had some miraculous as well as some horribly difficult experiences--but it has always been an upward road. In hiking it's frustrating when your trail goes the opposite direction of your goal (up vs. down, or right vs. left) but it IS the path. It does lead you to your goal. It's always an upward road whether you can see that or not. Now I've moved across the country and the scenery has changed, but the process is steady. I can trust that wherever I am that Jesus Christ, the Spirit, and myself will always be involved in a slow a steady process of expanding.

How I live my faith

I've only been here for a month, but after receiving a hometeaching assignment I already feel like I have something to contribute to the ward. I approached my bishop to request an assignment and he assured me that I would receive one soon enough. As a singer, I sing as part of other religions' worship services. This limits my ability to serve in my ward but that's part of why home teaching is so crucial. Now I know that I will have something/someone to invest my attention to. I can serve my friends with a full heart. I believe it's important to talk about what I learn in church outside of church. I need it for my own learning as well as the teaching of others. We learn from the Spirit, and sometimes the Spirit leads us to teach each other.