Hi I'm Hunter
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 does making right choices help us make more right choices?
When we listen to the devil and do what he would want us to do, we run away from God's Spirit. When we do what Christ would do, God's Spirit is with us. When we have God's Spirit, we can more easily recognize whether something is right or wrong and we have God's strength to supplement ours to resist temptations and with God, all things are possible (Matthew 19:26).
In what ways have your prayers been answered?
A friend of mine was afraid about a ballroom dance performance she would soon be in. She was so scared, she said she was glad I wouldn't be going and had asked her family to watch the performance when she wouldn't be doing tricks. I fasted for her to lose this fear and a few weeks later, she told me she was very excited for the performance, so much so that she said I was missing out by not going to the performance and the day after the performance, she was very, very pleased with the result. I've often prayed for help to find lost items and often find them after prayer, or even during, prayer. Our family traveled for months around the country and prayed daily for protection. During this time, we were saved many times from potential harm by a tire blowing at just the right time. God was watching over us, he has been watching over us, and still watches over us.
Please explain the part prayer plays in your life?
There's a lot that I don't understand and I lot that I can't do by myself. When I don't understand something, I go ask God by asking a question in prayer. He know's everything, & He's not going to lie to us. When I feel like I can't do something by myself, I ask God for help. I really want to be a better person than I am, so I keep praying for help to do better & be better than I am.
What has helped develop greater harmony in your home?
I remember when there wasn't all that much harmony in my home. I didn't really want to fix it, I just wanted to get out. What worked for me was pretty simple: I started reading the Book of Mormon every day. The more I read it, the more of the Spirit came into my life. The more the Spirit was there, the more I wanted to be kind to my family and bring as much peace as possible. I know it's a simple answer, but that's what I love about it. All we have to do is study and live God's word.
Can you talk about the missions of the Church and your participation in them?
Sure. I'm serving as a missionary right now in the Florida Tallahassee Mission. Basically, missionaries invite people to come closer to Christ by helping them receive this gospel Christ has restored. The way missionaries do that is helping people have faith, repent, make and keep covenants (promises with God; we promise something to Him and He promises something back), receive the Holy Ghost in their lives, and endure to the end. It's the most important message & the most important mission we'll ever do, so we try to stay as focused as possible on our missions. That's why while we're out here we avoid focusing on home, dating, work, school, and other things we'll go back to after our missions.
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.