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Hi I'm Cantrel

I will be a missionary in September, I'm from St. Johns, Arizona, I graduated and am moving into the real world. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Cantrel Cooper Nielsen. I have many nicknames like Tel, Teller, Reller, Gadoobert, High Pockets, Canteen, Cantrizzle, Luigi, etc. Who knows how I got them. I just graduated from high school and played basketball and soccer. My parents are ranchers, and ranching has been in my mom's family for five generations. I learn a lot on the ranch, either by listening to my parents who know, or I have to learn the hard way. I think this is a lot like life: we either listen to someone who knows what they are doing, or we learn the hard way. It is pretty simple. My parents met on their missions for the LDS church in Canada. From their marriage, there is: my older brother Payden (who is serving and LDS mission in Ogden, Utah), Me (going on a mission in September to Salem, Oregon), then Bridger, Tucker, and Josi, (the only girl). I plan to go to Eastern Arizona College after my mission.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has the fullness of the everlasting gospel. It is complete. It answers all of my question about life, about the next life, about God, everything. I have lived in accordance to the gospel, it has worked, so I know it must be true. But more than that, I see how I can be in the maker's hands and he can make something beautiful out of me. I like who I am when I go to church, live worthy of blessings, live the gospel, etc. It brings me peace in a world of turmoil. I am not here because of peer pressure, leaders, or even my parents. I am because Jesus Christ offered his hand and I took it. I have never regretted it.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by doing what I should outside of church. I believe it is hypocrisy to go to church on Sunday, then not do what you should the rest of the week. I am active in my church quorum, pay a full tithe, and contribute fast offerings every month. I am enjoying preparing for a mission by going to mission prep., going on splits with the missionaries, and learning more about the gospel. The gospel has brought most, if not all, of my happiness in this life so far. Outside of church, I love going to my grandma's to visit with her. She teaches me piano and I enjoy my relationship with her as I go visit her every week. I also go visit other friends that are of the WWII generation. It seem that those people have learned a lot, and there is a lot I can learn from them. They have a standard of morality and values. We all could learn from them. But, just being a Christian and having faith in my Savior is my motive to live well. From all that he has done for me, I think how I can repay him. I never can fully, but he asks, "if you love me, feed my sheep." I dearly love my Savior, so I will be spending the next two years of my life in Oregon feeding the flock. I will do my very best until I hear, "well done, thou good and faithful servant. Thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things." And it doesn't stop after my mission.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

The Atonement gives us a chance to return to live with God again. We can become clean through the mistakes we have made. "Though your sins be as red as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow. Though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool." That may not be quoted exactly, but it shows us how and to what depth we can be forgiven of our sins. How clean we can become. We do this through repentance, to where we allow grace to save us. None of us are perfect and have some blemish. But under the refiner's fire, we can have our impurities purged from us. Repentance gets a bad persona by Satan. But, it is wonderful! We can become who we should be, and move on to where we "remember the pain of our sins no more." God can work in our lives again. The commandments are there to keep us happy, not to restrict us. They protect us. And the beauty is that if we mess up, we have to opportunity to be healed through the Atonement and move on. Show more Show less