Forrest: biology, rugby, hiking, sports, Mormon.

Hi I'm Forrest

About Me

I love a wide variety of things. I love to be outside and go fishing, hiking, and camping. I love to play sports. I have never played a sport I didn't like. Maybe that's because I'm kind of competetive. My favorite sports are rugby, soccer, football, tennis, and baseball. But I'll never say no to playing a new sport. My brother and I invented a sport when we were kids which is very popular among our friends. It's called dorkfishball. It is so much fun. I served as a full-time missionary for the Church in a place far from my home, South Africa and Swaziland. I can speak some Zulu. Sanibonani. I loved Africa and I hope to go back. I am married. My wife is the most wonderful person I've ever met. I love spending time with her. We like to watch movies, play games, and spend time with our friends. We have a lot of fun together. We are both in college for now. I am studying biology and chemistry. I love science and am fascinated by it. I love learning about how things work. I have a wonderful family. I have an older brother, a younger sister, and a little brother. I love them. My mom and my dad mean a lot to me. They take care of me in their own ways. My mamaw and papaw are so awesome. They do a lot for me. My in-laws are also wonderful to me and my wife and I love spending time with both sides of our family. My family is very spread out, but when we get together, I love it. Distance makes our hearts grow fonder.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon mainly because of prayer and the Book of Mormon. When I was a teenager I didn't really enjoy going to church or living the gospel. When I met my wife I saw that she was so much happier than me. She made me want to be better. I wanted to have the happiness she had. One day, she bore her testimony of the church and of the savior at a meeting and I wanted to share mine but I realized that at that time I was unsure of the things (the gospel) I had been taught my whole life. I made a commitment that day to get serious about the gospel and to gain my own testimony of this church. I began paying better attention to my Sunday school teachers' lessons and I began to read my scriptures and pray. Eventually I finished the Book of Mormon entirely and prayed intently to know if it was true. My Heavenly Father answered my prayer and told me "You've known it was true all along". I didn't gain a testimony of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all at once. It came bit by bit. An answered prayer here and one there. I am still learning and growing and trying to strengthen my testimony. I have had many wonderful experiences which have helped me to know that this church is true and that the gospel of Jesus Christ was restored to the earth by the prophet Joseph Smith. Most importantly, I know that Jesus Christ is the savior of the world and that our Heavenly Father lives and loves us.

Personal Stories

Why do Mormons go on missions?

Although I can't speak for all Mormons, I definitely know that I chose to serve a mission because of the testimony that I have that God and Christ love and value every one of us. I knew that by serving a mission for the church I would be able to share with others how the Savior can change their lives and help them find the happiness they desire. I know I have had that happiness, and it brings me so much closer to those I love and fills my life with joy. I know it's through living the gospel of Jesus Christ that we obtain that happiness and peace. By serving a mission I was able to help others begin their journey of living the gospel and finding that happiness. My mission was served out of a desire to show my Heavenly Father my love for Him, by reaching out to others and striving to lift and help them.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being a friend to those around me. I try not to judge others and try to be accepting of everyone around me. We are all children of the same God and I know he would want us to love and care for one another. I try to be happy and lift others up. I love life and try to let others see that. Because I am pretty relaxed I try to pass that along to others. Good moods are contagious and I know our Heavenly Father wants us to be happy. I also participate weekly in the local institute where the college age students meet to study the scriptures. Sometimes it's hard to go as its a 40 minute drive away. It's not always easy to live the gospel. It requires diligence and hard work. But it is rewarding and worth it.