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Hi I'm Christian

I love running and basketball. I live in a small town next to beautiful mountains and feel God's love through His creations.

About Me

I just recently graduated high school and have been called to serve a church mission to Argentina (which I'm super pumped about!) In high school I participated in cross country and track for four years, as well as basketball for one. I enjoy watching Duke and BYU football and basketball games with my dad, along with the occasional track meet. I sang in my school's a capella choir and was the president of a service organization called Key Club. I worked at a grocery store as a cashier/bagger as a source of income during high school. After my LDS mission I am headed to BYU-Provo to continue my education. My biggest hopes in life are to find a good wife, be a good husband, dutifully raise a family and provide for them, and develop the talents God has given me to serve His children.

Why I am a Mormon

I was blessed to be born of good parents who have reared me in choosing what's right and in doing what God asks, no matter what must be sacrificed for it. They have taught me love and concern for others. My family on both sides have nearly always been members of the Mormon Church, and have left a legacy of faith and goodness for me. I am so grateful for my ancestors for being faithful in the Church and for their good choices which affect me soooo much for the good. As I have grown up, gone to church and seminary, and have acted on the things I have been taught in the gospel, I have gained my own personal testimony that this Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true. I know that Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God and that he did translate the Book of Mormon through the power and inspiration of God. I know that the Book of Mormon is "the most true book of any on the earth and that a man will become closer to God by abiding by its precepts than by any other book." I know that Thomas S. Monson is the Lord's mouthpiece today, guiding His church. I know President Monson was called of God just as were Moses and Abraham. I know that Jesus is the Christ the Son of God who loves us and cares for us more than we can imagine. Because I know these things are true, I have found great inner peace and direction in my life. I know why I'm here. I know who I am (a son of God) and intend to humbly allow God to mold me into the better man He knows I can become.

How I live my faith

In the church I have had many responsibilities, most recently including serving as an assistant my Bishop in reaching out to young men of my age group in my ward, serving as seminary president, and serving on a leadership council of youth in my stake (which is several local congregations put together) that deliberates on how best to serve the youth and carries out plans for stake-wide activities including dances, scripture reading challenges, and other activities like boating and sledding, etc. . I am super excited to go serve a 2 year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in a couple of days! I know it will be the most adventurous and fulfilling thing of my life. I have been called to serve in Buenos Aires, Argentina, a city of around 12 million people. I hear they eat a lot of beef, speak Spanish with an Italian accent, and LOVE to play soccer. I'm excited to serve this mission because I have felt personally the joy that living the gospel of Jesus Christ brings to me and I know that the whole world can feel that same wonderful peace and joy if they choose to follow Jesus Christ. I know I'll have lots of challenges, but I trust in the Lord that He will bless me to accomplish that which He has asked of me.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Christian
No, not all Mormons are required to serve missions. Full-time missionary service is the privilege of young people generally around 18-19 years old and retired peoples and couples who are able to do so. Young men are considered to have a priesthood duty to serve, while young women are left to make the decision for themselves through prayer and pondering. All mission service is voluntary, unpaid, and lasts for 18-24 months (for young missionaries). While serving full-time missions for the Church, missionaries are considered full-time representatives of Jesus Christ and are called all around the world to teach, testify and bring others closer to Him. Show more Show less