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Hi I'm Preston

I am swimmer and a college student-athlete at BYU. I'm Mormon a missionary serving in the Benin Cotonou Mission in West Africa.

About Me

I have been called to serve in the Benin Cotonou Mission (located in West Africa, speaking french), and I love the time that I have among this wonderful people to serve the Lord and share the gospel of Jesus Christ. For most of my life, I have been a competitive swimmer. Swimming has become a major part of my life, along with school and the Lord. I have found that the best way to live life is to balance everything together. Throughout my high school and college years, I have balanced an increase in workload at school, an increase of intensity in practice, and most importantly an increase in faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. Before leaving the United States for my mission, I attended Brigham Young University on a scholarship for swimming.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because it is what I know to be true. There is power and authority in this church, the power and authority which we call the Priesthood. I have seen many, many times manifestations of this power throughout my life, but my time as a missionary has focused my spiritual eyes and shown me even more. God's love for us is eternal, and I have been able to see it in His goodness to me throughout my whole life. I was born into a family that is very committed to the church, and I have been taught this way since my childhood. When I was younger, I had certain doubts or questions about the church. I prayed to my Heavenly Father many times to know whether the church (including God, its leaders, and the Book of Mormon) was true or not. The answer that I received every time was that I have always known what is the truth, and now I never doubt the church nor the Book of Mormon nor any counsel that the leaders of our church give to us today.

How I live my faith

First of all, I live my faith by being the best son of God that I can be. Throughout my life I have had to be an example of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, especially now as a missionary. Being an example for those around me always helps me to live my beliefs and values. I was the only member that I knew of at my high school, and so I received many questions every day about my faith. I got used to this, and I also had to get used to being on my guard. I could never let my guard down because I knew that there were many around me, watching me, watching my example, to see how I live my life. Then, I was surrounded by the many faithful students at Brigham Young University, and I continued strive to live the teachings of Christ in the Bible and the Book of Mormon through my example so that those who do not necessarily know what we as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints stand for can know through me.

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

When the missionaries come into your home, they will share with you a message centered aournd Jesus Christ. They are also there to answer your questions about Jesus Christ, about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, about the Book of Mormon, and any other sort of question that you might have. As a missionary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I have learned that we really have one central message: God has restored all things in these latter days, including the knowledge of His Plan of Salvation, through the prophet Joseph Smith. The way to gain eternal life in the presence of our Heavenly Fatheris to apply the Plan of Salvation to us through the principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. That is our message to the whole world. Show more Show less