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Hi I'm Hunter

I'm a pianist, singer, writer, ballroom dancer, homeschooled student, language learner, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

To me, communication is key. Whether it's talking with people, or music, or writing, everything is communication to me, and that is how I connect with the world. I love talking with people. I see every person as a new friend, someone I can connect with with a new perspective I've probably never thought about. Besides, everyone has something to like about them. I also love to learn new languages - I've been learning French and Spanish for the last few years. I feel like it opens a lot of possibilities to form deeper connections with the people I love, and I've found that as I learn more about someone else's language, I understand my own so much better. I understand how I think by understanding how other people think, so I love to talk with people in whatever language they want. There are some emotions words can't capture, which is why I love music. Music just flows - either into me or out of me. I play by ear, so I get to play pretty much whatever I want however I want, including writing some music. Sometimes, the music goes out my fingers, sometimes it goes out my feet in ballroom dance. It's been the easiest way for me to connect with other people. Sometimes, what you want to say just needs to be said through music. And sometimes, I just need to write. I love to write and brainstorm about story ideas, and it became so much easier when my mom taught me to type fast. Talking with people, music, writing, they're all my ways to connect with people - in person or online.

Why I am a Mormon

When I started high school, I was taking a Seminary class - a class where members of the Church continue to learn about the gospel. To get a good grade in the class, I had to read the Book of Mormon by the end of the school year. At first, I was reading it just to get a good grade, but as I kept reading it, I started to love it, and then I spent every spare minute reading the Book of Mormon. I didn't recognize it at the time, but now I know I was feeling the Spirit of God telling me that this book was true. I probably kept reading it because I really like how that Spirit feels. Eventually, that led me to diving deeply into what God's prophets and apostles have said, and as I've heard people speak by the power of the Holy Ghost (coupled with church attendance and sincere prayer on my part), I've felt that Holy Ghost (the Spirit of God) tell me that what they've said is true, too (see 2 Nephi 33:1).

How I live my faith

God's commanded "love thy neighbor" and I feel like I can't love my neighbor if I don't know my neighbor. Maybe that's why I want to connect with people. When I make new friends, I like to invite them to learn about what made me happiest: the gospel of Jesus Christ. Over time, I've learned that coming to know God is a lot more important than coming to know people, and it takes sincere prayer, sincere scripture study, and sincere Church attendance. Those are three things I can't give to people, but I hope that as I talk with people, they'll want to do it themselves. Of course, if I want to invite people to try God's word, I've got to live it myself. I've tried to live what God has taught by doing things like being kind to people, attending Church weekly, praying a lot, & keeping my thoughts & words clean, and when I don't, I exercise faith in Christ, and I repent. I didn't know repenting was so hard until I honestly tried. It takes a lot of humility and a lot of faith, but when I stop wanting to sin and started wanting to honestly live it, I've got to know it. Really, what's helped me know God better has been spoken words, music, and writings about heavenly things. I remember going through a C.S. Lewis "kick", listening to one audiobook after another until it was time to move on to receiving God's word through modern prophets and apostles. Now whenever I'm doing housework or I have some downtime, I'm listening to prophets and apostles speaking God's word - and it's fun to understand and get to know God's servants as well as a friend through what they say to the public. I'm nowhere near perfect, but I'm trying really hard. I try to know God's word and I try to live God's word.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Hunter
Getting to serve God is enough. Besides, the more we sacrifice for God, the more He'll bless us. With that in mind, I don't really want to get paid for serving God, because I feel like I'll be more focused on the money than on serving God. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Hunter
It's just what you know is true because the Spirit of God said that it's true. Show more Show less