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Hi I'm Abraham

I'm from Idaho. I have a BA in International Relations and speak Malagasy and French and love to travel. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the middle of five kids with only one sister. I grew up working on my neighbour's farm moving irrigation pipe and later in a local garden centre where almost everyone in my family has worked at one point or another. After high school, I served a two year mission to represent my church in Madagascar. This essentially set the course of my life from here on out both spiritually and vocationally. I returned from Madagascar to study International Relations at Brigham Young University. During college I worked in Alaska for a summer, studied in Paris, interned with the Department of State in D.C. and returned to Madagascar to do a major research project. Over the past ten years, I have moved over 25 times. I love to travel. I hope to build a career in diplomacy with the U.S. Foreign Service but am considering teaching internationally. I am currently considering teaching English in South Korea or Taiwan as a new travel opportunity as well as an introduction to teaching to see how well I enjoy it. In daily life, I love photography and look forward to buying a professional Canon EOS M. I listen to reggae music and shoot pool with my brothers and dad on a daily basis.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were already Mormons before I was born. My mom's sister was in love with the Osmonds (who are Mormon) so she started learning about the Book of Mormon. Eventually, half my mom's family joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (but not my mom). Her brother joined the navy where he met my dad and taught him about the Mormon faith. He was baptized weeks before he met his buddy's 17 year old sister, my mom. Long story short, they were married and my mom later joined and was baptized. But that's not really why I'm a Mormon. I was always given a choice in my faith from a very small age. However, my parents taught and encouraged me to study the scriptures and pray to know for my self if what my church taught was true. I believed in Christ and was baptized at age 8. I felt happy when I was baptized and knew it was because I was following Christ. This started a pattern of service, study, and prayer that continued throughout my life. As a young man, I had the opportunity to lead my youth boys group. I had many opportunities to feel the spirit of God confirm to me in my heart that what I was engaged in was true. That conviction grew and grew. When I was nineteen, I was asked to serve as a missionary for my church. I knew this would be requested as it is of all young men in my church, and I had prepared myself to serve faithfully. I readily signed up and was assigned to serve in Madagascar. These two years were among the most fulfilling of my life. The gospel of Jesus Christ had brought me a lot of happiness in my personal and family life growing up, and sharing that with others only magnified that happiness. I saw individuals and families change in ways only Christ can facilitate. Drunkards became loving fathers. Families grew closer together. And individuals found direction and focus in life. But my conversion doesn't stop there; I continue to become more converted to the gospel of Christ as I continue to study, pray, and serve those around me.

How I live my faith

My faith is part of who I am and influences every aspect of my life. I attend church meetings every Sunday the same as most Christians do. I also take one day a week to go to our Temple to worship more privately. Normally, I would be assigned to some responsibility such as teaching or record keeping to help out in my congregation, but currently I have no assignment as I am planning on moving overseas soon. However, that doesn't stop me from being a part of my congregation. I am part of a men's group where we meet to learn the gospel as well as support each other in everyday struggles. Outside of my congregation, I pray with my family and personally twice a day to ask for inspiration and guidance in my choices and struggles. I read from the scriptures every night before I sleep and have taken many religious courses alongside of my secular education. It's important to me to study the word of God and try to understand his influence and love in my life. In my interactions with others, I try to integrate my faith into my daily conversations. All of my choices and priorities in life are governed by my faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ. I believe families are an important and essential part of God's plan for us, and I look forward to finding someone I can marry who will strengthen my faith in Christ as well as help me raise our children to have that same faith.