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Hi I'm Owen

I grew up in Arizona. I hiked the Grand Canyon. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a college student studying chemical engineering. My philosophy is, "Stop and smell the roses," because there is so much to see and do; life is more than just getting from point A to point B. I enjoy hiking, backpacking, canyoneering, and otherwise exploring nature. I've hiked Arizona's Mt. Humphrey and Utah's Mt. Timpanogos. I've hiked through Havasupai Canyon, Paria Canyon, and the Arivaipa Canyon to name a few. I find reading books a superb way to improve my mind and probe into the minds of other people, so I try to always be engaged in a good book. I love reading historical fiction, fantasy, and reference books. Music is another important part of my life. I play the cello and piano, and I enjoy listening to show tunes, irish, and classical music. I am deferring my college studies to serve an LDS-mission in the Ukraine Dnepropetrovsk Mission. I am very interested in learning new languages and have studied American Sign Language, Mandarin, and Russian so far. Like a hobbit, I am fascinated by anything that grows. I love to grow all types of plants, and I find great satisfaction in maintaining a garden. I love farm animals and have raised chickens. Someday, I hope to be part of the engineering team that leads the world in adopting clean, sustainable energy.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that the peace I feel in my life is a result of my faith in Christ and my decision to live His gospel. I have always known The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to be the organization given to us from God to help us return to His presence. I have grown up in this Church and I once used to be envious of new converts. New converts and even many life-long members of the Church have experienced a definitive moment when they gain their testimony of the gospel. That specific moment is an incredible strength to them. I have experienced no such definitive, grandiose moment, but I still have a testimony. I was confused at how I could have such convictions of faith and not have experienced some great "ah-hah" moment. I eventually learned that my testimony is the result of many years of smaller faith-building experiences. I have always had the Holy Ghost as a companion, and consequently I have always had the influence of the Spirit. How could the whisperings of the Spirit be a new thing to me if I was accustomed to them? I take great comfort in this realization, because I can still say I KNOW this gospel is true, just like those who discover it anew. At the same time, I take comfort in knowing I can still grow my testimony of the gospel. I've got the basics down, and anxiously await every opportunity to gain a testimony of God's many mysteries. I know this gospel is true. I know Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon through the power of God. I know Thomas Monson is our prophet today, and that he is the mouthpiece of God. I know Heavenly Father has a plan for me, and that if I follow that plan and keep His commandments, then I can receive His choicest blessings. Among these blessings are living with Him again with my family. I so testify in the name of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being an example of Christ. Just like Christ lived a life of service during his mortal ministry, I try to do the same. I serve other latter-day saints by teaching Sunday school lessons, visiting those who are sick, and cheering up the lonely and sad. I also live my faith by being missionary-minded. I try to be vocal about my beliefs and invite others to come to Christ. The pinnacle of my missionary efforts will be serving a two-year mission in Ukraine. There I will be a missionary 24/7 and devote all my time and energy into inviting others to come to Christ.