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Hi I'm Wesley

I'm just your average student with big aspirations. I'm Canadian. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a student of Human Kinetics, or exercise science, at the University of British Columbia Okanagan. I hope to be a Physiotherapist in the future, and to help a lot of people in that capacity. I’m 23 and married. My wife and I live together in our own trailer with our two cats, and we love it! Together we have dreams of travelling, and all kinds of adventures in our future, the biggest of which is parenthood. I work hard in the summertime, and study lots during the school year. This summer, I have plans to start a small business to pay for my education next year. I try to work hard every day. My wife and I both love music (but she’s way better at it than me). My mom always brought me to the orchestra when I was growing up, where she played the violin. I still go to the orchestra regularly to watch both my mom and now my wife, also, play violin. My wife and I love singing. We sing in our church choir, and sometimes in our community as well.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because there is no other way of life that I would rather live by. When I reflect on my life, I can attribute almost every moment of happiness to my adherence to the laws and principles of the restored gospel, and I can likewise attribute many of the unhappy times in my life to moments when I disregarded those laws and principles. I am a Mormon because I have put the Book of Mormon and the teachings of modern day prophets and apostles to the test of the scientific method. Here's what I mean by this: Every law, commandment, and principle outlined in the scriptures usually has a blessing that comes with the obedience to it. So it followed that, if the scriptures are true, that I would start to receive the blessings promised if I work to better follow the commandments and principles that I wasn't very good at following. It would get too personal for me to share what some of those were publicly here on the internet, but I give you my testimony that true, lasting happiness comes from following the commandments of God and the principles of the Restored Gospel of Christ. They provide a moral foundation that upon which to build our lives so that you can be happy in your life, no matter what adversities come your way. As I struggled to change myself to be more in line with the teachings of Christ in the Book of Mormon, modern day prophets, and the Bible, I have experienced an undeniable increase in happiness, and I have overcome struggles of depression, anxiety, and self-loathing. It has changed my life, and I promise you that it can change yours, too.

How I live my faith

Here’s one way I live my faith. Since marrying my wife, I’ve become part of one of her family’s traditions: Every year, we celebrate my brother-in-law’s birthday. He passed away as a baby only a few weeks old. But we know, because of Heavenly Father’s Plan of Salvation (something you can learn about on this website and from missionaries), that he isn’t gone forever. So every year on his birthday, we buy balloons, and we each take one and write a message on them for him, then release them to fly into the sky. We don’t know for sure if he can see them or not, where he is now, but we like to think that he can. But the tradition is also an expression of faith and gratitude to our Heavenly Father for our knowledge of what happens to us after we die, that families can live together forever in the next life, and for the joy that that knowledge brings to us. The Plan of Salvation is also special to me because I have a grandmother that died of cancer before I was born, and it makes me happy to know that I will still be able to meet her someday.