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Hi I'm Preston

I love sports, music and cheesy puns and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the youngest of five children. I love to play racquetball and tennis with my older brother as well as ultimate Frisbee. When I was in high school, I played on the Tennis team and also ran for the Cross Country team. I played the clarinet in my high school concert band and later joined the choir. Most recently in college, I learned how to play the ukulele and guitar which has been very enjoyable! I am moving towards a career in the health field but I have only finished one year of college so I have plenty of school left!

Why I am a Mormon

The reason I continue to practice as a member of the church is based on my love for Jesus Christ. Even though I cannot prove the existence of a God or the truthfulness of the church, I have come to accept that when I live the Gospel of Jesus Christ I am happier and feel more satisfaction in life. Whenever I begin to have doubts, I know I can turn back to the scriptures for support. I particularly love the accounts of the Savior's life and ministry found in the New Testament. Also, the Book of Mormon has strengthened my testimony of Jesus through the testimonies and lives of those people. The Book of Mormon also helps strengthen my resolve in the truthfulness of the Church. I can always ask myself about how I feel as I read the words of the Book of Mormon. As I recognize the peace that comes from it, I know that the book is good and that it could not have originated from a corrupt or unrighteous source.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by always trying the follow the example of the Savior. I am currently serving a mission where I teach others about Jesus Christ, answer questions about our church, and give service to others and for the community. In the past, I have served as a Sunday School teacher and in various leadership positions in the youth program.

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Preston
Understanding that the health of our bodies has a large influence on our spirituality, it makes sense that God would also give us direction on how to take care of our bodies. Our physical bodies are a gift from God and as members of the church, we strive to treat them with respect. The Lord's Law of Health is not intended to be an inclusive list of things we should and shouldn't eat or drink. However, we are given specific guidelines on a few things including no alcohol, tea, coffee, tobacco, or illegal drugs. We believe that by living by the Word of Wisdom, we can gain blessings physically and spiritually. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Preston
A testimony is a strong feeling from the Holy Ghost that something is true. For me, a testimony of something is built slowly over time from many little experiences. For example, I have a testimony that God lives and that He loves me. I know this not because God has appeared to me, but because I have seen many prayers answered and have felt His hand in my life. You can also gain a testimony that Jesus Christ lives, that the Bible and the Book of Mormon are really from God, and many other things. I love how the Holy Ghost can direct my thoughts and help me know that certain things are true. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Preston
I love being a member because I know that I have a community of people around me that love and care about me and that also share the same morals and values that I do. Being a member of the church keeps me very busy. I love the Sunday worship service, but there are also many other activities that people that choose to be a part of. Some examples are mid-week youth groups, sports (like basketball), seminary (church classes for High School students), institute (church classes for College aged students), and many other activites. Sometimes being a member can be hard because other people don't understand the church or our beliefs and give us negative stereotypes. I have had the opportunity to clear up some of those misconceptions but in many cases people will not take the time to actually learn what the church is all about. Overall, living the Gospel brings me the most lasting joy than any else I have ever chosen to do. Show more Show less