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Hi I'm Chad

I grew up in California. I love to snowboard and play guitar. I'm a missionary in Mendoza, Argentina. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've lived in California my whole life, but moved out to go to college before leaving on my mission. I love learning and studying - especially physics. However I also absolutely love to snowboard and ride my motorcycle. I love music. Playing the guitar and piano are some of my favorite activities. I also just love trying to do new things. I absolutely love to travel and to see how different some places are from what I am used to, and hope to be able to continue doing that. I love my family, both immediate and extended. My best friends growing up have been and still are my cousins. In my opinion, life is an adventure and we should make the most out of it.

Why I am a Mormon

I personally was born into this church, and all of my family are Mormons. However, as I grew older I too began to have questions and had doubts as well. I really look up to my parents and respected what they had taught me my whole life, and i realized that my family was overall very united and happy, which I began to see wasn't always the case in the families of some of my friends. I know that it is because of the good principles taught in the church that my family always tried to put into practice that helped us overcome these problems. I went through a phase though around when I left home to go off to college where I again began to question that what I was doing was right. Then is when I honestly had to think seriously about what my parents had always taught me. They always told me that I had to know that these things were true for myself, not just because of what others were saying, and that I needed to search to be able to find out for myself. So what I did was I read The Book of Mormon due to a promise contained in it that I was familiar with, stating that if anyone reads that book and asks God in Christ's name if it be true that the Holy Ghost will manifest that it is true, and the Bible explains that the spirit speaks to us through feelings of peace and joy. After reading the book and praying for several weeks I finally received that answer and felt a joy bigger than anything I have ever felt in my life that lasted only about 30 seconds, but was very clear to me. That's how i learned for myself that the Book of Mormon is true and that therefor God exists, and that this must be His church, since only we use the Book of Mormon. I continue, however, searching and looking to increase my knowledge and faith in God as well as my confidence that this is His church. I still do so today, but have yet to find a question that i cannot eventually find a reasonable answer for. Moreover, I'm just happy :) So for these reasons, I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Although I´m currently a full-time missionary for the church, even before I began the mission living my faith was a constant thing I did. Every day I go out and try my best to be as Christ is, to be a true follower of Him and to follow His example the best I can. To mention some of the things I have been able to do through the church organization though... I go to church every sunday and have always participated in the youth programs offered when I was 12-18 years old. This included learning more about Christ and His Gospel, service for all sorts of people, often older people in the area, and various, fun activities with all of the youth such as youth dances and sporting activities. During this time I was able to participate as a leader of the young men my age which gave us all lots of good experience. Later, once I moved on to college, I was able to volunteer and serve as an executive secretary to the bishop of a congregation of college students there (for my "ward"), which was a remarkable experience both in being able to serve and also for learning how to work in positions such as that. I now am serving a full-time mission for the church to help other people in Argentina learn more about our Savior, Jesus Christ, and help them to come to find the joy that the gospel has brought to my life.