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Hi I'm Carson

I'm a College Student, an Athlete, and Outdoor Enthusiast. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the oldest of 5 kids, and I'm currently serving my full time mission in Guadalajara Mexico. I love sports, and physical exercise in general. I played soccer for many years, so I always enjoy playing that. I also play rugby any chance I get. I also ran cross country, and recently ran a half marathon. I enjoy spending as much time as possible in the outdoors. I like to camp, hike, mountain bike, rock climb, rappel, ice climb, cross country ski, snowshoe, kayak, and do anything outside. I play cello, upright and electric bass, guitar, ukulele, and piano, and love to make music on my own and with my friends, especially Jazz. I hope to start a band with my friends one day. I love to sing and yell and be myself. When I return from my mission, I will continue to work towards my degree at Brigham Young University in the Marriot School of Business to earn a degree in Business Management. After my mission, I look forward to starting a family which I see as one of the highest priorities of my life. I love to laugh and make others laugh, and I absolutely love to pull pranks. I love my Savior, and I love to serve him!

Why I am a Mormon

Both of my parents are converts who met at BYU so it took me a while to find my own testimony. I believed in the church and that it was true, and as an extremely logical person I struggled to understand the creation since I was little. When I got older, I started to learn more and more in Sunday School, and things started to piece together. I took science and history classes in high school and in college I saw how science and religion are not two separate entities, but are intertwined and cannot exist without each other. About the time I became a deacon I took a trip to a planetarium. The wonder and awe I felt were absolutely stunning. As I gazed at the many wonders of the universe, I found myself thinking "there's no way this could all be by accident.", It really stood out to me how science is an important tool in the Lords hands, and helped my testimony really grow. Every experience I had after magnified the presence of the Lord in my life.

How I live my faith

Prior to my mission, I had a surgery so I could serve my mission wherever the Lord called me. The recovery was long, but worth it. A week before leaving on my mission, I was hospitalized and found out I would require another surgery with an even longer recovery time before I could serve (or function as a normal human being for that matter). I was devastated. I had done so much to do what the Lord asks, and now I was delayed even longer than I was before. My best friend came over that night and cheered me up. He made me laugh, look on the bright side, and look forward to what the Lord had in store for me. He bade me goodnight, and left. The next morning, I was at the hospital again, but for my friend. He had passed away peacefully in his sleep after comforting me and helping me in my hour of need. I was in a lot of pain physically, and as well as spiritually. I had repented of my sins. I had endeavored to change my life and prepare for missionary service. And now the Lord had taken away just as he had given. It was and still is diffult to see why the Lord's plan unfolds the way it does. So I live my faith by, well, living. By continuing to do what he has asked even though I don't understand. Faith is what has gotten me to now. My friend is gone, but I don't feel alone, because I have Christ and my faith in his plan, even though it is completely unknown to me. Now, I'm serving a mission and living my faith daily. I am so grateful for the opportunity to grow in faith in Christ.

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

The Lord answers many questions in the scriptures, and well as addressing important concepts that are vital for us to reach our full potential. There's the Atonement, the Sacrament, The Priesthood, Honesty, Chastity, and the list goes on. The blessings you can receive by adhering to these ordinances and commandments are boundless. When you live the way Christ asks, you'll feel complete. And as you feel complete, people around you will say "hey, he's really happy. I want to be happy. I should ask him why he's so happy." And then you can share the gospel with all those around you. Honestly, what can't you gleam from the scriptures? Show more Show less