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Hi I'm Parker

I'm a percussionist. I'm a lincoln douglas debater. I'm a programmer. I'm 20 years old. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a computer scientist. I've been programming for ten years. I am a huge advocate of open source software and use Arch Linux as my main operating system on all of my computers. I'm a huge gamer. My first system was a sega genesis. My favorite game is still Sonic 2. I've played percussion for 7 years. I love drumset and battery instruments, but also know how to play keyboard instruments such as marimba. I did Lincoln Douglas debate for three years in high school. I competed locally in Utah as well as on the national circuit as much as I could. I attended Victory Briefs Institute debate camp twice. I like open source software because it's kind of like the gospel. In the Gospel, we are taught principles, and then we are expected to govern ourselves accordingly. It's like open source software in that one begins with basic principles which he must follow, but his software is just a little bit different than that of the next guy. Just as no two lives are lived the same, so each individual's Linux system differs from those of other individuals. They are all similar and they follow a base set of principles, but they are altered to meet the needs of the person who created them.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because the gospel makes me happy. It tells me from whence I came and to where I'll go after this life, but most importantly it gives me a purpose in life. I know why I'm here and what I'm meant to do.

How I live my faith

I am a missionary serving in the Kyiv, Ukraine mission. Every day I have the opportunity to serve wonderful people whom I just met or whom I have yet to meet. Even though I barely understand Ukrainian I'm grateful the opportunity to meet knew people every day and to help them come closer to their savior Jesus Christ. Now that I am a missionary, I recognize the blessings have come from the activities in which I participated during high school. Take debate for example. In debate I was taught how to communicate confidently with other people, how to relate to other people, how to study deeply, and how to keep pushing forward despite overwhelming fatigue in order to achieve my goals. Each principle plays a significant role in my life as a missionary, and as a human being. Right now my service is to share my beliefs with the people around me, later I will use these skills as a husband and father to work with my wife to raise a happy righteous family in these the later days. I live my faith by taking these different activities and applying them in a gospel context.