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Hi I'm Quinton

A barefoot-loving soul guitarist. An environmentalist, vegetarian, and easy going guy. And a Mormon.

About Me

I am a student, so I love learning. (Although right now I have no idea what I want to study). My favorite things are: being with my family, playing music, being outside (especially in the wilderness), reading good books (but not mediocre ones), riding a bike. I know. I fit into a lot of stereotypes. But, hey. It's what I like. I am the youngest of a big family. As my introduction says, I don't eat animals (and prefer to play with them), I believe in protecting the environment, and I love life. Sometimes people get the impression that all Mormons have the same political views and fit into a "cookie cutter mold," which really just isn't the case. I believe in Christ and His Gospel, which I feel never changes my personality or the fundamentals of who I am. To the contrary, it opens the door for development into the best version of myself.

Why I am a Mormon

Well. There is a promise that goes along with all of this: anybody who is willing to put the effort into learning about the message of the LDS church (specifically, the Book of Mormon and the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ) with a sincere intent of believing it and applying it to his or her life can get a spiritual confirmation that it is true. That's something that is pretty tough to describe and this isn't really the place to do it (ask the missionaries if you ever see them -- they'd be more than happy to help you out), but what I will say is that I have gotten that confirmation (a testimony, as it is called in the church), and I could never deny it. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

It's something that permeates my whole life. To paraphrase Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf, believing in the Gospel is great; living it is much better. In my mind, the Gospel isn't just something to analyze and figure out whether or not it's true, as much as it is a way of life. Its purpose (in addition to saving our souls) is to make us better people. Everyday, I try to remember Christ's basic teachings and apply them to interactions that I have with people and the way I carry myself. I try to learn more about Him and study out His nature so that I can try to cultivate a character that is closer to His. I am definitely not perfect (nor very good) at it, but the more I try, the better I feel. There is such a satisfaction that you get from making other people happy, or giving them hope in a tough time, and knowing that your creator, in one way or another, is pleased with you. That's one of the greatest satisfactions I've ever felt. Having said all of that, I do also believe in asking hard questions and looking for answers (of course, I am comfortable with not finding all of them). I believe in being aware of social and historical issues, and dedicating time to look into them. I don't see the Gospel as something that is meant to keep us in a bubble, but to help us appreciate the richness of life. So, I believe that learning from all sources is terrific and edifying. There is truth in all places; you just have to know how to look.

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

I've heard people say "Healthy body, healthy mind." From my experience, that is absolutely true. I've noticed that when I eat well and take care of my body, I feel alert and quick. When I eat poorly, I often feel kind of hazy, and my mind feels clouded. That's the idea behind the Mormon law of health, which is called the Word of Wisdom. Not just that you feel better physically, but mentally too. In addition to not drinking coffee, tee, or alcohol, we also don't use tobacco or illegal drugs, and are encouraged to eat well. Show more Show less