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Hi I'm Hayden

I love sports, hanging with friends, and going 4-Wheeling with my family. I'm a bit of a nerd. I'm in the Army. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a convert to the Church. I grew up in Colorado but I go to school in West Virginia. I'm studying Civil Engineering and am in the ROTC. I'm very active and love to get involved in clubs and sports. I love backpacking, 4-Wheeling, and hanging out with friends. I think sunsets are the greatest things in the world and am always taking photos of them. I think the coolest experience in my life was being able to baptize my best friend. My baptism was incredible, but flew by in the blink of an eye. My friend's seemed to last forever. As we stepped into the water, I knew, without a doubt, that God does exists and He loves every one of us. I have never felt anything so powerful and so comforting. I'll never forget it.

Why I am a Mormon

I wasn't looking for a church. I've always been under the mindset of how can there be one true church? If they're all telling people to follow Christ and to do the right thing, how can they be wrong? When I first started reading the Book of Mormon, I felt that it was true. It just made sense. I started meeting with the missionaries, and again I felt that what they were saying was true. Now I'm pretty practical and know that any good salesman can make something seem true, but this was different. The missionaries actually told me not to accept what they said as truth simply because they said it, but challenged me to pray and study, for my self, if they were wrong. They knew that our Father in Heaven loves us so much and that He wants us to find the truth. I did what they asked and continued to study the Book of Mormon. One afternoon when I was reading in Alma (13:27), I had this incredible feeling of comfort. It was unlike anything I had ever felt before. I felt, in the deepest part of my heart, that these words were truly the words of God. And if they were the word of God, that meant that this church was truly the Church of Jesus Christ. I asked the missionaries if I could be baptized shortly thereafter, and the rest is history. I have never been happier than I am right now, with the Gospel in my life. I know that as long as a church follows Christ, it's not wrong, but now I know that most churches are missing the fulness of the Gospel. Certain truths and authorities have been lost over time, but I know that they have been restored by the prophet, Joseph Smith, in these latter days.

How I live my faith

I'm a convert to the Church, and consequently I used to have some pretty destructive habits. Members of our church are encouraged to avoid addictive substances such as alcohol and coffee. I attend a school that's commonly accepted as one of the top party schools in the nation, so it's really easy to get into some dangerous situations. I have found that because I avoid drinking now and try to eat healthier, I have had more fun and felt so much more in control of my life than I ever did when I used to drink. I also don't have to worry about getting into trouble because of something I did while I was under the influence. I've found it to be a true blessing. I also try to read my scriptures daily. I feel closer to my Heavenly Father when I truly study His words and try to apply them to my life. The scriptures have all of the answers to life's hardest questions. Furthermore, our Father in Heaven knows us personally. He knows what we need most and when we need it. By reading the scriptures we open ourselves up to Him and allow Him to teach us and help us through our problems.