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Hi I'm Parker

Just a small town guy living a not-so-small life.

About Me

I'm the oldest of five children. My dad served in the military, so I grew up in a lot of different places. I call Virginia home because that's where I've lived the longest. I graduated from high school in 2012 and now attend Brigham Young University (BYU). My family and the Gospel are the two most important things to me and I cannot image where I would be without them. I am very outgoing and love to meet other people. I consider myself very happy, and I know that life is meant to be enjoyed...so get out and enjoy it!

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church and have always been a member. It wasn't until I was older that I really gained a testimony of the Church though. As I grew up and experienced hardships, I often felt alone. It was in those moments that I literally felt the love of Christ and my Heavenly Father envelop me and fill me with love. I cannot refute those feelings that I felt. I have also had many experiences in my life where the Holy Spirit has testified of the truthfulness of the Gospel to me. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet and that he saw God, the Father and the Son, Jesus Christ. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true, restored church upon the Earth today. I am so thankful for the blessings that it has brought into my life. It is for these reasons that I am a Mormon and why I will serve a mission to share this "good news" with everyone that I come in contact with.

How I live my faith

I live my faith in many different ways. As Jeffrey R. Holland has said, "Do not check your religion at the door." I believe that religion is something that should be lived every day, not just on Sundays. I try to be an example of the Savior and the Gospel every where and every day. Through the Church, I have had many opportunities to serve. I have served as Deacon's and Teacher's Quorum President (class for 12-14; 14-16 year olds, respectively), Priest's Second Counselor (16-18 year old class), and Elder's Quorum President (18 years old and on) in my BYU Ward. I am a home teacher, and have a strong testimony of it. Home teaching is basically, like the name implies, visiting others in their home and teaching them Gospel messages. I have loved every opportunity I have had to serve in church callings and look forward to serving the people of Porto Alegre, Brazil for two years as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints!