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Hi I'm Corbin

I'm a Father, Economist, and Musician. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the youngest of six children. I have one half-sister from my Father's first marriage, three half-sisters from my Mother's first marriage, and one brother. I am now married to my sweetheart and we have one child, a little boy named Theo. For most of my life I have had two key interests: playing music and spending time with friends. I have played multiple instruments in different groups, but I mostly enjoy playing string bass in jazz groups or acoustic guitar for songs I have written. My interest in people leads me to ask questions about why people make the choices they do and what it reveals about what they are trying to accomplish. I came to college with the intention of studying music composition to further my pursuit of writing music. As I began to study, my academic interests started to lean toward my other interest, that is studying the behavior of people. The field I chose to be able to accomplish this is economics. I am currently on track to receive a PhD in Economics and plan to use it to study the decision process of individuals.

Why I am a Mormon

In high school, I had a friend that I would have long and deep conversations with. It became clear from our talks that there was one thing that mattered to her more than anything else. She had a love for and understanding of her Savior. She would talk about the experiences she had reading the scriptures and praying for comfort and guidance in her life. I had a great deal of respect for the way she treated those around her and the balance she seemed to find in her life and I wanted to be more like that. Up to this point in my life I had never really prayed on my own. My family would often say prayers, but the influence of my friend made me want to have my own experiences. Since I wanted to know Christ better, I began reading the New Testament and after reading I would get down on my knees and pray about what I had read. I would ask whether those stories were true and whether God really existed. I got the vague feeling that I was doing a good thing so I continued. I remember one night that I prayed for several hours. I first prayed for my friends and family and thought about how grateful I was for the joy that they brought into my life. I then asked again if the things I had been reading were true and if the Atonement of Jesus Christ could really help me to change. After asking this, I waited. I was resolved not to move until I got some sort of response. Once I had been waiting for several minutes I felt something. The best way I can describe it is that there was a stirring in my chest that felt like cool fire. Along with this feeling came a clarity of thought as I reflected over the last several weeks of trying to find answers to my prayers. I felt then a feeling of peace that I have tried to keep with me ever since. I knew then and now know that God lives. He sent his son, Jesus Christ, to teach us and make a way for us to change and become better. I later repeated this process with the Book of Mormon and now I know that it contains the gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

For the past year I have had the opportunity to serve in the leadership of a ward for young single adults. I have helped plan activities and had a lot of fun in the process. While I am helping in the single's ward I get to keep ties with the ward I live in. I love getting to visit a few families every month when I home teach to see how they are doing and to keep up with what is happening in the ward. Every time I come home from visiting the families I am assigned the first thing I tell my wife is how great the people are. I am supposed to be encouraging them to be the best they can be, but it is usually the other way around. The best part of all these interactions with people is being able to share experiences. It strengthens my faith with I hear other people talking about the experiences they have had with reading the scriptures or prayer or serving others. Most of the goals I make to be a better person come from seeing the good examples around me and trying to emulate them.