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Hi I'm Carter

I'm a university student, a violinist, I enjoy camping and hiking, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am just finishing my two-year service as a missionary in Taiwan and resuming my university studies as a sophomore this fall. I have a goal to go to dental school to become an orthodontist. I love spending time with my family--my dad, one brother, and two sisters. We enjoy taking short trips together to go golfing, camping, hiking, ATV riding, or just simply sightseeing. I enjoy art, good books, and playing the violin. I also love foreign languages and Chinese food.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been going to this church since I was a baby, and I have two wonderful parents to thank for that. Since I was young I have been taught that I have a Father in heaven and have felt His love for me and seen His answers to my prayers. In my teenage years I realized that I had to really know for myself that the church was true, so I read the Book of Mormon and took the invitation to "ask God, the Eternal Father" if the book is true. The feelings of warmth and security that flooded my heart were unmistakably God's answer to me. I know that the Book of Mormon truly is the word of God. It is another testament of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and it has provided me strength and guidance in trying times. I also know that the book's translator, Joseph Smith, is a prophet of God, and through him God restored His true church. One of the sweetest truths restored to the earth is the knowledge that families can be together throughout all eternity. This was especially meaningful to me when, in the fall of 2010, my mother passed away following an eight-year battle with cancer. I was already in Taiwan at the time, and this was a very difficult time for me to go through, being away from my family. I truly felt the love of the Savior carrying me through this trial, as well as the knowledge that if we are true to the covenants made in holy temples of God, we can be with her again. I testify that every family can also have this promise. Through Christ and His restored church, we can have the kind of hope that will be our beacon in times of our deepest sorrow. I love Him, I know He lives, and I know that this is His church.

How I live my faith

My faith influences every aspect of my life. I daily strengthen my relationship with God by studying the scriptures and praying. This is how He can give me personal guidance and revelation. I also served a mission in Taiwan, spending two years teaching my brothers and sisters there about God and their true relationship with Him. Another way I live my faith is by trying to find ways every day to serve others. Jesus Christ said that "inasmuch as ye have done it unto the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." As His follower I try to find ways to show love and concern for everyone. But I think some of the most important ways I live my faith are within my family. I love to spend time with, love, serve, learn from, and teach my family. I feel like one reason why our relationship is so strong is because of our parents teaching us to apply the principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.