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Hi I'm Eli

I'm a college student though I just got back from living in Taiwan for two years and serving as a missionary.

About Me

I am the oldest of five children, an avid outdoors person who loves biking, hiking, camping, etc. I am a college student studying Chinese, a passion of mine since living in Taiwan for two years, with ambitions of going to medical school. I love trying new things, spending time with others, and building new relationships.

Why I am a Mormon

I've learned that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is something that has to be lived every day. That's what I love about it and why I continue to try to live it. I was born into the church but have never been immune to doubts and questions brought to me by others. I know that it's true though. I know that through it, I've become a better person than I could have on my own. I hope that I can continue to find the strength and drive to continue on this path I've chosen throughout my life. It has already blessed me so much.

How I live my faith

Being a very scientific thinker, I've found that my beliefs follow along very well with my current career plan. I hope to become a doctor and be able to help others in ways that they can't do for themselves. Christ himself did much the same thing when he was alive and I hope to be able to do the same for others in different ways. Within church itself, I've taught Sunday School, sung in choirs, helped coordinate teaching visits to people in our congregation, and done many service projects. I like to think that our lives and our actions should be an outward expression of the things we learn from the Gospel, so I strive to bring the same spirit and enthusiasm into all I do.

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Having spent 2 years as a missionary trying to further this exact cause, I think it's because the doctrine of the church makes so much sense. There's really no trick or secret method to it, but the fact that it is so applicable to every person's circumstance. It's easy enough for a child to understand and love and logical enough for intellectuals to appreciate and learn from. The core of everything taught is Christ's Atonement, which teaches us that because of Christ's sacrifice representing us for our mistakes, we all have an opportunity to learn and grow and improve ourselves. Once someone can understand how that will positively affect their relationships with others and their ability to cope with everyday challenges, they are drawn to the blessings it will give them. If everyone could really take time to figure out what the restored teachings of Jesus Christ can mean to us, the growth could be happening even faster. Show more Show less