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Hi I'm Connor

I'm from California. I love the Outdoors, Backpacking, Sports and Friends keep me busy, and I am serving a Mission in Iowa!

About Me

I grew up in Livermore and then Stockton, California. I am the oldest of 4 brothers, first to serve and definitely not that last. I picked on them a lot, but that's what brothers do. I love them all. I grew up playing baseball, basketball and soccer. I stepped away from them in High School, let's just say I didn't agree with the teams' extra-curricular activities. I still love them though. Instead I spent my time participating and then as a youth-staffer at the White Stag Leadership Development Camp in Monterey, California. I spent six years of my life with them and plan on spending many more there, helping youth develop their leadership skills. Through that group I developed a love for the outdoors- It doesn't get any better then hiking and backpacking with friends! I am now 20, and serving a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Iowa. I'll be home in May 2015, getting ready to embrace the world again. I plan on going to BYU-I upon my return, although I have no idea what I want to study. I'm eager and ready to start the next step of my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I was fortunate to be born into the church with two active, loving parents. I always went where I was supposed to go and did what I was supposed to do that is until I became a teenager. I rebelled of course but still remained active and went to mutual and graduated from Seminary. I didn't fully gain my testimony until after I graduated from High School. I was applying to schools and didn't get into anywhere I desired to go. I really never prayed or did any daily scripture study throughout my entire life, which in turn made me feel like I didn't need to go on a mission. I had time. I'll think about it. I'll never forget the day my life basically turned around. I was at church one Sunday, avoiding going to a class as usual when two returned missionaries in my ward jumped me in the hall. Okay they didn't jump me but you'll understand. They told me all the amazing benefits of going on a mission, encouraging me, you won't regret it, it's an incredible life experience, preparation for the rest of your life. All of this I agreed with, but still said it wasn't for me. I couldn't get this conversation out of my head so I decided to act. Since then I've completed my papers, gained a testimony of the Book of Mormon, read it through, and I am now called to serve in the Iowa, Des Moines Mission. I know with that Iowa is where I'm meant to serve the Lord and to bring those of his children unto his gospel. It is my new home and I am so excited to be here. Although I am still learning day by day exactly what I got myself into, I am blessed and will forever be grateful for the experiences I am having, I know they will shape me and lay the foundation for the rest of my life.

How I live my faith

Live what you preach, be an all around person, be who you are all the time and don't change yourself in order to fit in with certain groups. As you live your faith, you find those who also live theirs, friends will come and so will the fun. Living as a member of this church has brought me lots of joy, can't say it's been easy, but it is worth it. I love helping others to come closer to Jesus Christ, teaching them about his love and how they can be washed clean through Baptism and the Gift of the Holy Ghost. The reward is prodigious, its fantastic and remarkable at the same time, unbelievable, but hey that's why we have faith.