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Hi I'm Colton Hill

I grew up in Syracuse Utah. I am outdoor obsessed, love learning, and a missionary in the California Fresno Mission. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I just graduated from high school, and now am serving a full-time mission in Fresno, California. I love to go camping, fishing, and hunting, basically anything in the outdoors. I played lacrosse in high school, as an attacks-man. I have spent the past four summers away from home working at Camp Loll, a boy scout camp located between Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park. I love music, especially hard rock. Hiking is one of my favorite activities, backpacking through the Tetons on the Teton Crest Trail, is to date my greatest adventure. I love my family and spending time with them. When I get back from my mission I plan on being a plain old college student, hopefully at BYU. Where I will study Religion and English. My plan is to try to work for the CES program of the church or to become a professor of Religion.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised a Mormon, and I would not have it any other way. When I was young I liked going to church to hear Bible, and Book of Mormon stories. I did not necessarily have a testimony at the time, but I loved to learn about the gospel. As I started to get older, around eleven, I started to question if I had a testimony or not. So I did the one thing that I knew how and that was to pray and ask God if I did, and if he was there and listening to me. I got my answer at the exact moment those words left my mouth. I felt a peace and calm wash over me, and I knew that God was and is watching out for me, and that he loves me. I knew that I had a testimony, maybe a weak one at the time but it was and is something that I could build upon. I have worked on it ever since. The scriptures are my favorite book to read, and they help me to choose the best path for me to take in my life. Prayer means so much more to me every time that I pray, being able to receive answers to my problems and just to questions that I have is an amazing miracle that I am grateful everyday for. The Atonement, or the path to forgiveness given to us by Jesus Christ, is the greatest gift that I have ever been given. The peace that I feel when I have to utilize the Atonement because of a weakness in my life, is just beautiful, that is the only way to describe it and I would not be the person I am today without it. Now that I am serving as a missionary I get share the truths that I know with others so that they can apply the Atonement to their lives and feel that sweet peace. I could not call myself a disciple of Christ and a true convert to Christ if I did not serve a mission because I would deny others the very thing that brings me the most joy in my life. I would not be able to call myself a witness of Christ if I did not let others know that they are Children of God and that they can live with their families again forever. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Before my mission in my ward/congregation I was a Ham Radio Specialist, my job was to be trained in such a way that I can use my radio anytime or place. My main job would be in loo of a natural disaster. I would report to either the Church office building in Salt Lake City, or I would report to the Stake President. (The Stake President watches over and supervises multiple wards/congregations.) I would report any injuries, deaths, or needs of my ward/congregation and nonmember neighbors throughout the area. So that they can receive the help that they need, to survive, mourn, or provide for themselves and their families. I was also what, we as Mormons, call a home teacher. I was assigned to watch over and assist three families in their spiritual, physical, and emotional struggles, and endeavors/goals. I loved to go and visit these families at least once a month and just see how they are doing. I loved being able to serve them and the love that I feel from my Heavenly Father and them (the families) as I serve. I could not ask for a better job because of the opportunities I have to share my testimony with them. Now I am serving as a missionary! Which is the greatest calling I have ever had. I love being a missionary. I have served in Porterville, Modesto, and Fresno, thus far! I absolutely love being able to bare my testimony of Jesus Christ to others and to help them to come closer to the Savior. I have come to understand the commitment that the Savior requires of us, we should not only serve Him, but "wear out our lives" in His service. I love seeing others repent and reconcile themselves to God. I know that the gospel and the teaching of love that I get to share will bring peace and happiness to everyone I come in contact with each day. The Savior and our Father in Heaven truly do love us!

What is the priesthood?

Colton Hill
The Priesthood is the right or authority to act in God's name. The Priesthood allows those that hold it to bless the lives of others around them in a very intimate way. Priesthood authority can be used to bless those who are sick, in some cases to heal them, to preform ordinances or services to the church, such as baptisms, and the blessing and administering the sacrament every Sunday. Also our Bishops, or leaders of a congregation, hold this priesthood authority so that they can teach and guide the members of their congregation to Christ, and to living righteous lives. Priesthood holders are constantly striving to improve themselves and to serve others with the utmost love and kindness. Show more Show less