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Hi I'm Berkeley

I'm a full-time missionary, a marathoner, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I graduated from high school in spring of 2013, where I ran Cross Country and Track. I'm currently serving a full-time mission in the Ogden, Utah area! I have a younger brother and two younger sisters, and they are some of my best friends! Before my mission, I spent my free time reading, playing piano and guitar, and running with my friends. This past summer I ran my first marathon! It was quite the task for me, but I was able to accomplish it with the support of two of my best friends. I find fulfillment in my life by spending time with my family and my friends. I also LOVE to learn. I study from the Bible and the Book of Mormon on my own time, and I love school, reading, and just learning! It thrills me to think of how much knowledge there is out there, and I could spend my whole life studying and never scratch the surface of it all!

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of the church all of my life, but I have made a point of learning for myself that it is true. As I grew up, I sang songs about Jesus and learned stories from the Bible with all of the other kids in Sunday School without giving it much thought. Around my tenth birthday, though, that started to change. I began to think more about the Holy Ghost and try to recognize its influence in my family's life. When I was 11 I began to earnestly study the Book of Mormon and the life of Joseph Smith. Over the years since then my testimony has grown and gotten stronger. No single event converted me or "revealed" the Lord to me. Rather, I followed the pattern of working diligently to obtain the word of God and then listening to the Spirit to see if it was true. My faith and curiosity has been rewarded from time to time with the comfort and assurance of the Holy Ghost and other events that, in my mind, have been miraculous. I challenge everyone to read the Book of Mormon and ask God humbly if it is true. Only by seeking for the truth will you be able to gain a testimony of the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and of the Mormon Church. You cannot learn about chemistry by reading counter-theories and complaints against the world of science. Likewise, you cannot learn the truth of the gospel by reading anti-mormon literature and the "proofs of experts". God only will reveal Himself to you. I know that Jesus Christ came to Earth to die for our sins and that in our day He has restored His church through Joseph Smith. I know that Thomas S. Monson is a prophet of God and that the LDS church is the only church on the Earth with the complete truth and the power to bring men and women back to Heaven. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, and I love this church.

How I live my faith

Before my mission, one of my assignments at church was to play piano during one of our meetings.Playing the piano was rewarding on it's own, but I was thrilled when I found out that the chorister I would be working with was a wonderful autistic boy from my congregation. He stretched me and challenged me to keep learning new and more challenging songs! It was hard work to keep up with him, but it was always worth it when I saw the joy he got from the music we put together. In my daily life, I try to live my faith by being an example and utilizing my talents for service opportunities. This year in school we opened a Writing Center for kids to come and get help on essays or writing projects during their homeroom period. A few of my friends and I joined together as tutors, assisting the teachers in helping out our classmates. I was grateful for the opportunity to use the talents the Lord has blessed me with in such a meaningful way. It also allowed me to meet lots of people I hadn't previously had the chance to meet. I tried to use that new influence to testify of Christ, whether that meant stating my beliefs or just showing my love of the Savior through my actions. Most of all I am exited to be living my faith by serving a full time mission. This is a big commitment that has involved putting my plans for college and a career on hold. However, sharing my beliefs has been such a rewarding and worthwhile endeavor!