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Hi I'm Jeremy

I grew up in Pennsylvania, United States. I'm a scientist studying evolutionary biology and ecology. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a college student studying biology with research especially looking at adaptations of organisms to their environments. Outside of school, though, I love to play sports, especially soccer, volleyball, badminton and swimming. I played soccer for ten years and swam competitively for ten years as well. Aside from athleticism, I love to play music and listen to music, especially classical (although most will go, except for country and rap). I have played the piano for 17 years, sung almost my entire life, and played violin for 10 years and participated in four major musicals (including Beauty and the Beast and West Side Story). It is through music that I find some of my greatest joy in life. I love helping people through teaching and serving; often I look to volunteer at local schools to help tutor students in anything from chemistry and physics to English and history. Learning new things is always exciting! I absolutely love reading and learning new things! I also love socializing and meeting new people.

Why I am a Mormon

Neither of my parents were members of the Church when they were younger. In fact my mother was the daughter of a Presbyterian minister, while my dad grew up in a household where religion was practiced more to be part of the community than for dedication to Christ. Their joining the Church was the greatest blessing in my life! I grew up in the Church, learning all of the basic beliefs and principles of the Church and from the scriptures. My parents were never forceful about going to Church or gaining our own witness of the truthfulness of the Church--they believed (as I do) that there's a time and place for everyone. I remember reading The Book of Mormon--Another Testament of Jesus Christ one night and pondering over the words that I had just read. I prayed to our Heavenly Father to ask about the truthfulness of The Book of Mormon. The powerful feeling that I felt, and the words that I heard are too spectacular for me to convey in words. But I knew without at doubt that the words of The Book of Mormon are true, and to this day I know that to be true still. I continue to be a member of the Church not out of pressure, but because there has never been something that has brought as much joy and understanding to my life as the knowledge that we are all children of God; that He has a purpose for us being here; and that He truly loves us and has provided a way home through Jesus Christ our Savior. I feel so much love and joy for others around me because of this knowledge and strive to be a better person every day because of it. I know that Jesus Christ and God live: they are real people that love and care about each of us. And to show Their love, They have called a living prophet to guide us now. Those facts alone give me the greatest joy of all.

How I live my faith

I currently serve as a Sunday school teacher and presidency member. The basis that I do is to help others (specifically young adults ranging from ages 19-30) learn and apply the teachings from the scriptures so that each individual may gain a knowledge of the sacrifice and love of Jesus Christ for him/herself and live according to what He taught. As well, I continue to serve (and have served) Church units in my local town, but also around the world through playing music to help invite the Spirit to meetings. I served a two-year mission in Scotland where I was able to teach and serve members of the Church and non-members alike. It was the best experience of my life! Service is an integral part of the Church: we truly believe that serving others is a way to show love for all people, and to show a love to God and Jesus Christ, who was the ultimate servant. To this day I strive to provide service to others, both in church and outside of church. For the past few years, I have volunteered as a tutor for high school and college students struggling in subjects that I have been blessed to understand quite well. I strive to serve in other ways as well, which may include helping people move, talking with people that may be struggling with something, help pick-up their books and groceries when they drop them, etc. There are so many ways to serve and show love to other people that they can't all be listed. But the important thing I try to do (and we should all try to do) is not just think of doing the act, but actually perform the act. When I do any of these things, I feel great about myself, and feel God's love. Hopefully everyone can experience that joy!