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Hi I'm Arlin

I was born in the chilly north of B.C. Canada. I love to write and fix things. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the country outside of my home town. As such it gave me an appreciation of the beauty that surrounds us. Granted, at the time all I could think about was how far away town was, but now that I'm older, I miss the country and enjoy my visits out to the farm. I'm not much of a farmer though. I'm far more comfortable at a computer then I am hip deep in chickens. I'm also more comfortable with a book in my hands then I am feeding goats. But despite that, I still have a place in my heart for the nature and farming. I like to think of myself as person who loves to learn. I'll frequently pick up books or cruise the internet for new and interesting things I didn't know before. Oddly enough despite this part of my personality, I've yet to go to a college or university. I'm pretty much self taught. If I don't have a skill I need, I train myself to have it. Of course the best part of learning is that there's always more to learn. I love to write and fancy myself a storyteller. I have been writting since elementary school, either poetry or prose. One of my proudest moments was holding a printed copy of a book I had written in my own hands. I feel inspired to write the best stories I can and am grateful for that God given talent. I can be pretty stubborn, and won't take failure easily. I tend to throw myself against problems until I either solve them, or they become irrelevant. It can be frustrating at times. There are always more problems then there are solutions.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a LDS family and raised in the church. But that doesn't mean I was immune to the usual soul searching questions most people face at some point in their life. I had to ask myself some hard questions and really look for the answers that would satisfy my soul. But I did find the answers I was looking for, and I chose to stay with the faith of my parents. I felt, and still feel, that this church offered the clearest answers to the questions that I was asking. Over the course of this journey I found a sure testimony that God answers prayers if we are sincere. God has always lead me to what I need to know when I need to know it. Sometimes I can become frustrated while waiting for that to happen, remember I did say I was stubborn, but I am learning to just be patient and let it come as it needs to. And at the core of it all, there is a firm knowledge that forgiveness only comes through Christ and his atonement. It was a long hard road to come to the knowledge, but now that I have it, I cling to it. It has set me free and allows me to live. It is worth what ever it takes to find it. And it took a lot to find it. The questions I had to ask myself, and the roads I had to walk were almost too much to bear at times. It felt as though I had some void that could not be filled. But then I gave myself into Christ's hands. I surrendered to him my pain, my fear, and my sorrow. Then I was free! What a beautiful feeling it is to be free from our past sins!

How I live my faith

There are many opportunities within the church to serve those around us, either as full time missionaries, or as a teacher in the church. I serve by accepting what ever calling the Lord sees fit to bestow upon me, and doing my duty to the best of my abilities. But even more basic then serving within the church, is serving those who do not belong to our faith. Due to the example of the savior, and for the love that I have felt from him, I strive to treat all of his children with kindness. Little things do matter, like holding open a door for someone, or offering to help someone carry something. The little things reflect on the intentions of our heart. If we neglect them, we may well neglect the big things later on. I believe that to be faithful, you must follow the example of the Lord. So we must treat each other fairly. We must treat everyone as we would want to be treated. I know I want to feel the love my Lord shows so readily, and I want to be able to show that love to others. Everyone needs to know that they do matter.