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Hi I'm Devon

I'm an avid Ultimate player, play the piano, and love learning languages. And I'm a Mormon :)

About Me

As a student studying geography, I love meeting new people and understanding new perspectives and ways of life. I love understanding how the world works. And in that regard, I also love to travel. I'm been all over the United States, both ends of Canada, Hawaii, and Ukraine. I would love to visit New Zealand someday since New Zealand is a place of such amazing geographic diversity (plus, Lord of the Rings!). One of my most time-consuming and favorite hobbies is Ultimate Frisbee. I play for the BYU club team, and it has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. The guys I play with are quality players and, in my opinion, higher quality individuals. They teach me so much on and off the field. In 2016, we are expecting our best season to date, with tournaments in Tampa, Santa Barbara, Las Vegas, Boise, and Seattle. I have been so blessed to be a part of this team! As for my family, I have 2 wonderful parents, 2 awesome brothers, an amazing sister, brother-in-law, and 2 of the cutest nephews ever to run the earth! I love spending weekends and holidays with my family members! Other hobbies of mine include reading (from fantasy/sci-fi to historical fiction to religious scholarly essays), basketball, hiking, playing the piano, eating, and beating my siblings at ping pong ;) I consider myself a very well-rounded individual, and am always open to try new things.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have been one for my entire life. Now, you might stop, think, and come to the conclusion that surely better reasons exist. However, in my mind it makes perfect sense. I am a very analytical individual, and often quite self-critical. As I observe and analyze my lifestyle and habits, I try to change the aspects that do not bring me lasting happiness and the activities which do not fit into the character that I have conceptualized for myself. All throughout my life I have seen the evidences and traces of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Everything good in my life I can tie back to my devotion to God, this church, and the knowledge I have of my Savior and His Atonement. It is not a fragmented, detached, or passing phase or hobby. The Gospel is intricately interwoven into my life's tapestry, and is so integral that without it, the tapestry would fall apart. I have also come to a firm belief and understanding of how a knowledge of Jesus Christ, coupled with sincere and fervent action, can change lives. I encountered many people on my church mission in Ukraine who had lost hope, who did not see a bright future ahead of them, and who lacked any direction or guidance. But, as missionaries, and more especially members, helped these people come to a knowledge of Jesus Christ and his infinitely intimate atonement, the course and destiny of these people changed drastically. A new light entered their eyes and lives, and they found the direction they had been seeking, but didn't know they were missing. I am forever grateful for the experiences I have had in living the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I am not nearly a perfect person, and my faults often threaten to overcome my confidence and hope. However, through God's Grace and His Word I have found the faith to continue moving forward. And I move forward with a knowledge that I have a loving Father in Heaven who is fully invested in my future, and wants me to come live with him again.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by attempting to do the right things for the right reasons. However, subject as I am to mortal faults and shortcomings, my understanding of what is moral and right often contradicts what God thinks. So, it is a continual struggle to find out the Lord's will in my life, and to discover why should follow certain commandments and promptings. I try to discover the Lord's will through prayer and scripture study. I love finding scriptural gems, and then making new connections between scriptures and life circumstances. I also love talking with people about the gospel, because the gospel relates to every part of our lives. No matter what we do, God is involved, and our relationship with him and others is at stake. I also try to be an involved member of my congregation. I love the friendships and connections I have made with my friends in the Gospel. Some of the best friendships I have were made while serving together as missionaries or in other church callings. I am not overly vocal about my faith, but try to live by example, and love discussing gospel concepts and applications at length on a personal level. I love my Savior and am immeasurably grateful for everything He has done for me.