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Hi I'm Adam

I was born and raised in Utah. I love to write, draw, dance, and judge high school speech and debate. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a prolific writer. I've been writing stories as far back as the second grade, and I expect to continue doing so for many years to come. I find that writing is an incredible way to express my thoughts and concerns and to make sense of them. It is my hope that my writing will someday help and bring happiness to others. In addition to writing, drawing has always been another love of mine; my room is frequently a mess from all my sketchbooks, notebooks and stray papers. Throughout my high school career, I participated in Speech and Debate, and was my team's Original Oratory captain for two years. I went to nationals my junior year and took second in state my senior year. Other activities I enjoy include rock climbing, running, ballroom dance, target shooting, building with legos (one is never too old for legos), and playing a good table-top RPG. I'm a fan of Kingdom Hearts and my favorite band is Jimmy Eat World.

Why I am a Mormon

As simple and conventional as it may seem, I'm a member of this church because I know that it's true. I know that this is the true and complete gospel of Jesus Christ. It's difficult for me to pinpoint an exact moment when I realized this. My conversion story is not overtly climactic by most standards. I learned the truth of the gospel bit by bit, lesson by lesson, and experience by experience. I remember sitting in the back of the cultural hall during a sacrament meeting when I was but a couple years old, and hearing the word "testimony." Intrigued at a word that rhymed with "pepperoni," I asked my mom what it meant. She tried to explain that it was how people knew the church was true--a special witness from the Spirit. It made no sense to me at the time, and I remember wondering how I was to obtain something that seemed so nebulous to my two or three year old mind. Since then, I've realized that a testimony comes by doing. I didn't appreciate the sacredness of the sacrament until I had to administer it. I didn't realize the power of the Book of Mormon to give me wisdom and needed guidance until I started studying it daily. I didn't realize how right and wonderful it felt to serve others until I got out there and did it. I didn't recognize the true power of the Savior's Atonement until I had to lean on it to get through some very rough trials. I've had many experiences, most of them seemingly low-key, that have helped me realize that this is the true church. To anyone who has questions about the truthfulness of the gospel, I would simply say to give it a try. Experiment upon the word, as the scriptures say. It worked for me. I started off by acting upon what I had been taught. As I did, I found that it made me truly happy, and so I desired to do and learn more. That's the bottom line, as to why I know that this is the Lord's church: the gospel brings real and lasting happiness.

How I live my faith

Probably the most basic of my services to my ward has been fulfilling my priesthood duties, such as the preparation and blessing of the sacrament. This includes taking the sacrament to one of the members' homes, since she's home-bound. I also seem to be some kind of eternal secretary, since I've been asked to serve as one three separate times throughout my teenage years. I very much enjoy my home teaching, and though I have been far from perfect at doing it consistently, It's definitely something I will improve. Beyond that, I simply like to help out wherever I can. I always have looked forward to my ward's yearly service activity at the food bank, and I often help out setting up and taking down the decorations at various ward activities. I hope to have many more opportunities to serve in the future.