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Hi I'm Landon

I'm a public forum debater. I'm a third-degree ITF black belt. I'm a self-proclaimed nerd. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm about to serve a 2 year LDS mission in Salta, Argentina, and I'm very excited for it! I've been taking ITF style Taekwon-Do for 13 years, and I became a III Degree Black Belt in February 2011. I also earned my Eagle Scout award around that time. I was on my high school debate team and specialized in the Public Forum event. My partner and I went to the 2011 National Tournament, where out of the 200+ teams we made it into the last 39! The first time I took the ACT, I was surprised when I got a score of 36, which earned me a Monson Scholarship to BYU, where I will go after my mission. I'm not sure exactly what I'm going to study, but I'm a major nerd currently going through math withdrawls, so it'll have to be something in that field or I may go crazy! In my spare time I love to read, although I've found that books on CD are much easier to work into my schedule than actual printed stuff. While I'm waiting for my mission, I'm working graveyard shifts at Target, just for fun. I also love hanging with my friends and trying out new date ideas!

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was born into the church, it's not the reason I was a member. My parents have always encouraged me to know and make the decision by myself as to whether or not I want to go to church. There are two main reasons I'm a member. The first is that the LDS church is able to supply a unique feeling: the Holy Ghost. I've had the chance to visit a couple other churches with my friends. Although they offer great study groups for the scriptures and some of the same fellowship offered by the Mormon church, they lack that feeling that I get when I sit in an LDS meeting. When I read my Book of Mormon or say my prayers, I know that what I'm doing is right. I know my Heavenly Father Loves me. I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior. All of this is because I have received the spiritual confirmation that we've been promised when we do what we've been asked to do. A secondary reason I love being a member of the LDS faith is because it has all the answers, and it all makes sense. My experience with my friends of other faiths is that there are still certain points of their church that confuse them, and it doesn't always provide all the answers they want. I've never had a question about my life and my place on earth that I couldn't find in the LDS scriptures or an address given by a prophet. Everything I'm taught in this church makes sense. For those reasons, I'm proud to be a Latter-day Saint!

How I live my faith

For the past year or so, I've been the president of the 16-18 year old guys in our ward. It's been an incredible experience! I've never felt so much responsibility in a leadership role, including my Taekwon-Do teaching and being a school officer. I got to organize all the activities with the other boys in the group and we did some awesome things, such as laser tagging, snowboarding, learning about future careers, and doing some service for some of the older people in our neighborhood. I love it because I'm able to have friendships with kids who I normally would never know due to either age difference or just different social circles. I also have the opportunity to visit two families in my ward every month to share a gospel message. Even though I'm the one who's prepared the lesson, I often find that I learn more than they do! Getting to know these families on a much closer level has helped me to come to appreciate more just how cool older people can be once you get to know them. The great thing about my weekly church meetings is that I can see all my friends, have a blast, and at the same time have a deeply spiritual experience that is unlike anything else I can have during the week.