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Hi I'm Christian

I play the double bass, I like watching musicals, and i'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love classical music! When I was ten years old I started taking double bass lessons and it kind've took off from there. Since then I have attended music camps all over the United States, have played in multiple orchestras and soloed with the Utah Symphony. I also like cooking, playing sports, hanging out with friends, watching movies and singing. When I was in Junior High and High School I was in a few musicals playing Captain Hook in Peter Pan and the Baker in Into the Woods. Once I decided to try something new and so I joined my High School's rugby team. For a tall skinny guy like me it was quite an adventure. Every game pretty much felt like a life or death situation, but I learned a lot of valuable lessons about stepping outside of my comfort zone, making new friends and doing hard things. Everyday that I had practice I would have to fight an inner battle about whether to go or to skip it for one day. I always went, and there was not a single pracitce where I didn't learn a valuable lesson that I was thankful for. Those lessons have proved valuable for me as I am now serving a mission in New Hampshire. Serving a mission is very much like my experience on the rugby pitch. Often I question whether I want to step outside of my box, to share my faith with that person, to put in some extra effort in planning, praying and studying. But without a doubt, every morsel of effort made in faith has ended in a feast of blessings and miracles.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because I believe in the Book of Mormon. I remember a time while attending University I took 30 to 60 minutes every morning to study and read from the Book of Mormon before class. One particular morning as I read, I had a feeling of peace and happiness. I remarked to myself that I didn't want to go to class; I would rather just sit there and read all day. Many times I have felt that peace, happiness, understanding, guidance and light. It is by these feelings of the Holy Ghost, or Holy Spirit, that we can know we are following our Savior Jesus Christ. I have used these feelings as my guide and they have lead me to where I am today.

How I live my faith

Right now I am serving a 2 year mission in New Hampshire, US. Everyday I begin with prayer, study and planning so I can effectively share my belief in the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ and hopefully bring people closer to him. Being a missionary invovles a lot of talking, teaching and testifying. We work with members to help them invite their friends to learn more, we visit non-participating or less-active members and remind them of the wonderful spirit that comes from actively living the gospel of Christ, we talk to people in the street and knock on doors inviting people and families to learn more about the restoration of the Gospel and we serve in the community. Many people we talk to want to protect their beliefs by keeping them locked inside. It is common to feel that religion is a "personal matter". Although I disagree with this idea, there is some truth to it. Our relationship with God must consist of personal, sacred, spiritual, learning experiences that help build a foundation of faith upon which sits our witness or testimony of gospel truths. It cannot be given to us but must come through consistent effort on our part and overcoming trials with help on God's part. But, these things are not meant to be kept quiet. Yes, you should not cast your pearls before swine, but you should also not keep them locked away your entire life. There is great value in sharing what you believe. It helps others see the beauty and increase their own faith. By sharing and testing out your own beliefs, you will become more confident in them and increase your own faith. Sharing my belief seven days a week has indeed done that for me.