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Hi I'm Adrian

I'm a runner, a musician, a brother and soon I'll be a missionary in Brazil for two years. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the oldest of five kids, I have two little sisters and two little brothers. I run collegiately for BYU, lifeguard at my local pool, and I love music; I've played guitar for seven years. Growing up my brother and I were the only members of the Church at our school which solidified my faith as I found myself and discovered what I really believed in despite the peer pressure I faced to abandon my values. I've been blessed with a wonderful life and the best friends I could ask for, but have also been tried by adversity. Both of my younger brothers show autistic symptoms, and the youngest suffered from epilepsy in his early years. They are now improving daily and inspire me with their cheerful attitudes. Running has also taught me many lessons, the foremost of which is perseverance, as on the way to achieving my goal of running collegiately I have been slowed by sickness, injury, and even a visit to the emergency room resulting from a cross country race during my senior year. I wouldn't trade my experiences thus far in life for anything, and hope they will serve me well as I serve my mission in Santa Maria, Brazil.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Church and was baptized at the age of eight, but for a long time I never really developed my own testimony. When I was younger I was shy, soft-spoken and I knew who I wanted to be, but was also susceptible to peer pressure and so for a while I had trouble keeping myself in line with my parent's and my own internal expectations. I never strayed too far off of the straight and narrow, but I definitely backtracked and zig zagged across the path a few times before I finally acquired through humble prayer the realization that everything I had been taught as a youth was true and that through the Gospel I could find the happiness and self assurance I had been searching for. Now, a few years down the road, my faith has strengthened exponentially, I know who I am, and I have never been happier. I've moved on from trying to find myself to trying to help others find themselves and the truths that they have been searching for. I know life will only continue to get better, and I can't wait to continue to consecrate my life to the Lord and his wonderful teachings.

How I live my faith

I try to start every day with a smile so that others can see the positive effect my faith has had in my life. My hope is that my attitude will lead to questions about my beliefs, both so I can learn about and appreciate other's values, and so that I can share the Gospel with my friends. I'm incredibly grateful for the influence of Heavenly Father, the Savior and the Holy Ghost in my life, and want everyone to have the same wonderfully complete truth and happiness the Church has given my life.

Are Mormons Christians?

Adrian
Yes. Christ the Savior is at the center of my life and at the center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saint's doctrine. The Book of Mormon and the Bible both testify of His earthly ministry and love for us. As the late Prophet Gordon B. Hinckley said when asked this question, "We, of course, accept Jesus Christ as our Leader, our King, our Savior...the dominant figure in the history of the world, the only perfect Man who ever walked the earth, the living Son of the living God. He is our Savior and our Redeemer through whose atoning sacrifice has come the opportunity of eternal life. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints pray and worship in the name of Jesus Christ. He is the center of our faith and the head of our Church." Show more Show less

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Adrian
The scriptures can bring us the knowledge we need to live our lives in a way that will bring us closer to God and our fellow man. Scripture study has become increasingly important to me throughout my life; recently I have challenged myself to study the Gospel for an hour each morning and I have been blessed with an increased faith and testimony, as well as the daily companionship of the Spirit's loving guidance. I'd like to challenge everyone who reads this to pick up a Book of Mormon and read it, even just a small portion, and then to pray with an open heart to know for themselves whether it is true. I testify that it is true, and that by it, the Bible and the words of the Prophets we can become closer to our Heavenly Father than we previously imagined. Show more Show less