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Hi I'm Colton

I'm a computer nerd born and raised in the country. I like computer engineering, and music. I'm a Mormon, born and bred.

About Me

I'm a standard nerd. I love computers, C++, Ubuntu, Mint, HTML, Unity, Blender etc. I love programing and software design. I also am an avid lover of music. I play the clarinet, the piano, and the guitar (in that order). I love almost every style of music. Some of my favorites are Coldplay, Betoveen, Toto, Kansas, Styx, Mozart, and Weird Al Yancovic. I compose and write music occasionally. I also have a deep interest in Asian cultures, and a love of fantasy and sci-fi novels, movies, video games, etc. Right now I'm serving a mission in the Dallas Texas Mission, but when I go home I plan on going to BYU and getting a degree in Computer Engineering.

Why I am a Mormon

All my life I've been a member of this church, and since I was two I've had a testimony of the restoration of the gospel. I know that when I live the standards set forth by the lord through his prophet, I am happier, I firmly believe that God created man for man to have joy, and that is what this gospel brings true joy. My life hasn't always been easy. When I was in 6th or 7th grade, I was unofficially diagnosed with Asbergengerz Syndrome (though it was a fairly mild form), but as anyone who is familiar with Autism it is not something you develop per sey, but something that you are born with. As a result of my social awkwardness, I was often teased as a child. What has made the difference has been the Gospel of Jesus Christ. My whole life has been a struggle with my slower development socially, but Christ has given me hope, and turned something that is considered a disability into something that has been a great strength. I have been able to overcome the negative parts of Asbergengerz and been able to interact socially to the point that it isn't noticeable that I have autism. In truth many of my friends would likely be surprised when they read this. Thus I am able to use the positive effects of this condition and have become a great learner, and student. I seek for knowlege and actively build my testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and the restoration of said gospel. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet, and by impication, that Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah, the Anointed One. He is the way. Through him, we can have true joy.

How I live my faith

Like I said I'm serving a mission in the Texas Dallas Mission. I strive daily to improve myself and bring myself closer to my heavenly father, and make the course corrections to make myself closer to my savior. I read from the Book of Mormon, and the Bible daily (not always in that order). I am currently working on finishing the standard works of the church for my second go-round. I have also attended the Temple, and received the blessings of the Lord, and do everything in my power to stay worth of my covenants so I may return time and time again to increase my knowledge and understanding of my Father in Heaven's plan for me. I have also served as a leader and teacher in the church. I actively pay my tithes, and tell others boldly who I am, and whom I represent.

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Colton
Read and pray about the Book of Mormon. If you do you will come to know that Jesus is the Christ, and that Joseph Smith is his prophet, seer, and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the Lord's Church on the Earth today. Talk to the missionaries and have them answer any questions or concerns that you may have. Then when you feel that this is what God desires for you, be baptized into the Lord's one true church. Listen to the feelings of the spirit through your heart, and become a member of the Lord's Church. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Colton
First it is an unfortunate misconception that you cannot attend an LDS service unless you are a member. The regular Sunday services are avalible to all, in fact it says so on our signs outside our church houses, "Visitors Welcome." Second our services last about 3 hours. The first and most important hour of our service is the sacrement, or the Lord's supper. This happens weekly, and we partake as a symbol of our commitment to keep the covenants we made at baptism. After the sacrement is blessed and passed to the congregation (We do encourage those who are investigating to partake so they may fell the spirit of the sacrement. If it is uncomfortable you do not have to partake.), we have two or more speakers talk about gospel subjects. We open and close with hymns and prayer. The second hour is a class based upon age, and understanding of the gospel. Those that are new to the church, are placed in a class where they learn the principles of the gospel. Those that are more framiliar with gospel topics are placed in more advanced classes. Children and youth have their own seperate classes. The third hour is split betweeen men and women, and is very similar to the previous hour. In this hour men go to Priesthood, where Women go to Relief Society. Both are instructed in their seperate but equal roles as mothers and fathers, husbands and wives. Youth and children also attend seperate classes determined by age. We invite you to come and worship with us. Show more Show less