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Hi I'm Conner

I'm a Student. I'm a missionary. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I am currently serving a two year proselyting mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Brasil Curitiba South Mission. I recieved my call while attending BYU and after a full calendar year in college, I put my studies on hold to serve God. At home, I love backpacking in the Columbia River Gorge and in the mountains. The Great Northwest is a wonderful place to live to enjoy the beauty of God's creations... Fishing, biking, camping, rafting, skiing, building fires on the beach... In high school I was very involved in Student Leadership, and participated in Choir, Track, and the IB Programme. In college I was roped into my first ballroom dance classes by my cousin and was hooked. In Brazil, I have fallen in love with the wonderful people. Their love for their fellow man provides a wonderful example for me. (Their churrasco is pretty good too!)

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because the gospel of Jesus Christ, taught through the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, makes me happy. It's as simple as that. I am blessed to be born of goodly parents who always want the best for me. In that way, I'm like the Book of Mormon prophet Nephi... "therefore I was taught somewhat in all the learning of my father," and mother. When I was learning how to read, they used the scriptures to help me, and my knowledge of things both secular and spiritual have grown together. In high school, as I was taking early morning religion classes, my teacher challenged us to read the Book of Mormon cover to cover in only a few weeks, and take the challenge given in the introduction of that book. But the answer I received wasn't exactly what I had expected. The confirmation that I received by the Holy Ghost wasn't just that this account of God's people in the Americas is a work of truth, but that I had known this for a long time. My testimony of the Book of Mormon started as we read together as a family every morning before school and as it drew our family closer together. It developed as I tried to liken the scriptures unto my own life. And it continues to grow daily as I study with it´s companion the Bible. I am grateful for this gospel and what it does for families. In high school, my friends often commented on how great my family was, how loving my parents are, and how much love there is between us children. Although they never saw the arguments about which movie to watch or disputes over which hotwheels cars belonged to who, my friends were right. We are a happy family. The knowledge that our family has been sealed together for eternity is a great blessing... even if Dad used it against us when we argued... "(Dad) How long are you guys going to be brothers? (Us) *sigh*... forever... (Dad) That's right. Now wouldn't it be nice if you were friends?" The answer is yes. And with the help of the gospel, we are building an eternal family!

How I live my faith

As a missionary, I serve people all day. Most of the time I am not digging wells or helping fix someone's home, (although I´ve done that too!) instead I focus on the needs of the people around me and help them develop their relationship with our Savior Jesus Christ. My favorite feeling is seeing people's faces change when they realize that this strange young man in their country really cares about them and wants to help them. I love teaching families about Heavenly Father´s plan for us. With the knowledge of where we come from, why we are here, and where we are going, it becomes much harder to become lost in the rush of a modern world. When we don´t take the time to look for the hand of God in our lives, that´s when we lose our contact with Him. Daily, I have the opportunity to ask and answer questions about the meaning of life, and use the scriptures to explain what the Lord has taught us through his prophets. Music is also an important part of my faith. In Brasil, there have been many situations where I have been able share what little talent that I have as a pianist in church meetings and baptismal services. The special spirit that good music can bring to a room is incredible, as you share the things you know in your mind and heart in a musical way.

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

I like this question! The answer is simple... Cause it's true! When people come to Church and read the Book of Mormon, they find the answers to the questions that they have been searching for... sometimes they are questions that they didn't realize they had, but that everyone comes across in times of soul searching. In a world where our media, language, and love for one another is in a downward spiral, people notice something different about the way members fo the Church live their lives, and the happiness it brings. Show more Show less