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Hi I'm Cole

I'm a missionary serving in Charleston, West Virginia. I want to work in computer security or web design. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to read, write, and program. I spend a lot of time with my family; my family is very important to me. I enjoy playing games with my friends, and sometimes have been known to play musical instruments. Those are perhaps the most fun times. I love to sit down at the piano with no plan at all and just start playing. It's often not good, but knowing that I can create something . . . that is an experience I love. Right now I'm serving as a missionary for the Church in West Virginia, and I love it. When I return from my service, I will be continuing my studies at university in Computer Science.

Why I am a Mormon

For a long time, I wasn't sure whether I believed the Church or not. I decided that I needed to know for sure, and I felt that such knowledge should come from God. On a camping trip with some friends, I walked a ways into the woods and perched myself upon two fairly tall tree stumps. I didn't know exactly what I was doing, but I just started talking to Him. I told Him about my life, about how I was doing and about things I thought I needed help with. I asked Him how I could know whether or not I was in the right church. As I kept talking, a feeling started to grow in my chest. I can't describe exactly what it felt like, but it felt good. The feeling felt like everything was right in the world - and for that moment, everything was right in my life. I knew that He loved me, and I knew that I was doing the right thing. I knew from that day on that I was in the right church. I know it's not very scientific or concrete evidence, but I also know that I cannot deny it.

How I live my faith

As a Missionary I am constantly teaching other people about my faith. I want to share the joy I have with everyone else. The gospel has brought such joy to my life, how can I not share it? At home I would always stand up for my faith. I participated in our church choir, and I managed a website for many of our activities. While it wasn't much, it was amazing to help where I could.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

We believe baptism by proper authority from God to be an ordinance necessary for salvation. We also believe the salvation of our ancestors to be very important to our own progress. We perform baptisms for the dead so that those who died without an opportunity to receive the gospel of God can have that opportunity in the next life. We don't force baptism on anyone, even those who are baptized after their life through proxy. Those family members we perform baptisms for do not need to accept this baptism, although after a baptism has been performed for them they have the opportunity to. Show more Show less