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Hi I'm Carter Greene

I'm a dreamer and a nerd. I love curiosity and exploration. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I was born in Concord, New Hampshire, and later moved to Utah with my family when I was 8. I grew up in a family of avid book readers, and so fell in love with reading at an early age, especially science fiction. When I was 10 my brothers bought a drum set, and after failed attempts to teach themselves to play, gave it to me. I love percussion, and can spend hours at a set with a pair of headphones in, jamming to my favorite bands. I spent most of my summers growing up being out with my best friends, flying down some of the best mountain bike trails we could find near our neighborhood. After I graduated from High School I attended BYU, then left on a mission to Boston, Massachusetts. I'm recently returned from that adventure and started attending USU, Majoring in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. I hope to one day make it into space, or even land on Mars. But for now I'm just goofing off and having fun.

Why I am a Mormon

Well the simple answer is because I was born and raised in the Church. My Mom and Dad both held callings, and magnified them all while I was growing up. I went to church every Sunday, read my scriptures and prayed. I though it was the norm. But really there isn't anything normal about it. In my last years of high school I started to question things, as most high schoolers do I think. One of them was my religion. I didn't question it in the sense of I didn't believe it was true anymore, I just didn't know if it wasn't. I started asking questions, paying more attention to the principles of the gospel, and reading scriptures with more purpose. I found that the church just made sense, which was good for me at the time. But when I started college and preparing for a mission I realized that I didn't want to serve a mission just because I thought the gospel I would preach and teach to people made sense, I wanted to go because I really KNEW the church was Christs true church restored to the earth. I wanted to know that Christ was there, and that he wanted me to serve a mission. After some serious praying for a few months, I found my answer. This church is true, Christ leads and guides it today, and I count being part of this church as one of my greatest blessings.

How I live my faith

The center of my faith lies in Christs Atonement. Knowing that he suffered for everyone, and that he knows exactly what I go through every single day. So I live and act on that faith by constantly trying to be better. I try every week to look back and see where I could improve. I know I'll never be perfect in this life, but I know I can try and Christ will make up the difference. I also try to develop the skills, talents, and gifts that I have been blessed with. My favorite part of this gospel is the idea of change, of becoming someone better than you were before. Everyone has the power to change themselves, and its the greatest ability we as humans have. Yes we can be born one way, but through the gospel and through the gift of agency we all have, we can die another.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Carter Greene
The Plan of Happiness was laid out by our Heavenly Father in the beginning, and gives us the answers to where we came from, why we are here (the purpose of life), and where we are going after we die. We came from a pre-mortal world where we lived with Heavenly Father, and where we were given agency, the ability to choose. He gave us the opportunity to come to Earth and receive a physical body like his, and choose between good and evil. I feel this plan can also be called the Plan of Becoming. Here on earth we have to opportunity to become something. We are born as innocent babies, and learn and grow in spirit and knowledge as our body grows. God has given us commandments, prophets, and even his Son to show us how we can exercise our agency to become like him. We can choose to become more like Heavenly Father and like his Son Jesus Christ, or choose evil and become like Satan. I believe that the purpose of life is to learn and to grow. To experience things we haven't yet, and learn to use those experiences to become something greater than we are now. God wants us to make it back to him by re-entering his family through baptism, and through learning about family relationships as children, husband and wife, and parents. Our purpose is to progress. Paul said when he was a child he understood as a child, but when he became a man he put away childish things. I believe that is our purpose; to learn and to grow and to put away what we were before and become better. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Carter Greene
Out of all of Gods creations, the only one that has made it clear to me that there HAS to be a God is humans. Our ability to overcome the natural man, to invent, to consciously, willingly push past our own perceived limits and progress is amazing to me. The things that Man has been able to accomplish is astounding, and yet when compared to the accomplishments of God it is next to nothing. I know there is a God, and that he is our Heavenly Father, that he is like us in Body and Spirit, but is exalted and perfected. When I look at the accomplishments of Man I am in awe at how far we have come, and I am inspired to keep pushing and progressing and learning more about my capabilities and what's possible. And when I look at God, I realize how far I have to go. But I see the big picture. I come to a better understanding of why I'm here, of where I came from, and where I'm going. Being Human tells me that yes, there is a God. He is our Heavenly Father. He loves us, and has sent us to earth to gain a body and to grow to become like him. He created earth, and everything on it, as well as other worlds without number. He is still creating, organizing, planning, and progressing eternally as he helps us progress as well. To me, the existence of God isn't complete without the existence of Man, and the existence of Man doesn't make sense without the existence of God. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Carter Greene
Faith is what we live by every day. Faith that we'll wake up tomorrow morning. Faith that the sun will rise. Faith that good things will come our way. If we didn't live by faith, we wouldn't live at all. We believe in things that we can't see. God gave us the choice to come to this earth and live by faith. In Christ's Gospel that is the first thing we need to do, is have Faith. Having faith then leads us to the rest of what we need to do in this life. Faith that Christ was real and that repentance works, faith that Christ will honor the covenant of baptism, that the Holy Ghost will guide you when you need it, faith that through enduring the trials of life with your faith still intact you will be saved at the last day. This life and our church revolves around that one simple thing, faith. Faith was also described to me as "a tool God uses to build our Character." We learn the most about ourselves when we are on our own, making our own decisions, and facing the consequences. I've also connected it with the saying "There's no growth in a comfort zone, and no comfort in a growing zone." Earth is a growing zone. Life is often uncomfortable, even unbearable it may seem at times. But we didn't choose to come to earth to be comfortable or to have a good time, we came to earth to grow, to learn, and to become like our Heavenly Father. Faith is he soil our spirits have been planted in, and we must either learn to grow from it, or reject it and refuse to grow at all. Show more Show less