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Hi I'm Cooper.

I'm an Army Combat Medic, corporate team builder, Colorado River guide, Eagle Scout and proud father and husband. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 27 years old, married since June 2007 and just recently had our first child. My wife and I dated through high school until we were seperated for 3 years, 3 months and 8 days. We wrote each other every week during that time as we both took time our of our lives to serve missions for our church. We were able to grow closer than we ever thought possible during that time and we were married 6 months to the day after my wife returned from her mission. Our marriage has been awesome, and quite the adventure. We love backpacking, rock climbing, cooking and working out. I have two degrees-one in Parks and Recreation Management and another in Fire Science. A year after my wife and I were married we decided, after much prayer, that I should join the Army as a combat medic. It was yet again more time apart from each other but one of the best decisions we have made. The military has opened so many doors for us and has been such a blessing for us. I continue to do what I love today as I am a private river guide on the Colorado River, a corporate team builder and ropes course facilitator and also a volunteer for the local Boy Scout troop. I love my life and couldn't be more happy to be married to my high school sweetheart and to have a beautiful baby boy. I think the most important part of being successful in life is to have a positive attitude!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon for many reasons, and the main one is because it makes me a happier person. It started in high school when I began dating my girlfriend (who is now my wife). She was an amazing member of the church and I wanted to be an amazing member of the church too. I read the entire Book of Mormon in one summer and at the end of reading it I prayed and asked God if it was true. The answer came immediately and since then I have continued to read and pray and try and come closer to God. Another reason I am a Mormon is because of what I found during my time as a missionary in Atlanta, Georgia. I consider Georgia to be the belt buckle of the bible belt and during my two years there I went to at least 80 different churches. I wanted to learn about other faiths, to see what they had and what they taught. I met so many amazing people and saw some great sermons, but in the end my testimony to my faith grew exponentially. I am a Mormon because it is true, because it is a faith that was restored to the earth by a prophet, and because I am a better person as a result of living the teachings of my faith. I am a better husband and father because of my faith, and I am happy because of what I believe. There is no other faith that has a plan for families to be together forever. I am grateful to be together forever because my family is the most important part of my life. Being around so many Christians in the south during my mission was great-and very difficult. There were many that rather than find out for themselves what we believe in would listen to rumors from other sources. There is so much ooposition out there for the LDS church and I ahve heard a good majority of it. I ultimately came to find that none of it matters though. I know that Joseph Smith restored the church of Jesus Christ to its fullness. I know that because the Book of Mormon is the way that all of us can know if he really was what he said he was. God will answer anyones prayer just like he answered mine.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying my best. I am not perfect, and God does not ask me to be perfect. I do try every day to be better than the day before. I find joy in reading my sriptures and found comfort in them during my time in basic training for the Army. Every night and throughout the day I would find time to pull out a small pocket sized version of my Book of Mormon and found peace and the spirit throught reading those beautiful words. I am active in my community by helping with the Boy Scout troop in our church. I love being a part of such an important part in young Men's lives. I love to make other people happy, and I know that sounds simple but I think that is the ultimate goal of our father in heaven-happiness. I am constantly surrounded by people that are not members of our faith and I try to be an example of clean language, clean actions and of helping those around me. I live my life by following the promptings of the holy ghost and by striving to do what the Lord would have me do. Since my wife and I have been married there have been many major changes that have taken place, but as we look back we can see that the Lord's hand has been present to constantly guide us along our journey. I am grateful for the opportunity to be a member of this church and to receive so many wonderful blessings from a loving heavenly father. By living my faith I am living the best life I can live.