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Hi I'm Conner

I grew up in Utah. I love music. I can speak Mandarin Chinese. I love the outdoors. I'm a missionary. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Idaho and grew up in Utah as the oldest child with my parents, my two younger sisters, and my little brother. I am a very loud and outgoing person, and I love people, and working and interacting with them. I enjoy many outdoor sports, including track and field, rugby, fly-fishing, skiing, snowboarding, hunting, shooting, long boarding, dirt biking, camping, and snowmobiling. I also love every single kind of music under the sun, and play the guitar, bass guitar, and piano. I love food, and to cook, especially Chinese food. I also love to learn languages and about different cultures and their histories, especially the Chinese culture. I studied medicine in school previously, but now I am serving as a full-time missionary in the England Manchester Mission, with a special assignment to preach the gospel in the Mandarin Chinese language.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents have been taking me to church and have been teaching me about the gospel as long as I can remember. Their parents, my grandparents, are also members of the church. The church goes quite far back with my ancestors, so I guess you could say the church has always been a big part of my life. But, that doesn't mean I always knew it was 100% true for myself. I had some doubts at times and I wondered if I really believed these things for myself, or just because my parents believed. I decided that I would read the Book of Mormon for myself and take the challenge that the last prophet of the Book, Moroni, gives us, which includes reading the Book and then asking God through prayer if the Book is true. I read through the whole Book in about a month, and then I prayed to know if it was true. The most peaceful feeling came over me, and I felt a warm feeling in my heart. I knew that the Book was true, and that God had answered my prayer. As I have continued to read and study the Book of Mormon, I have felt this witness again and again that the Book is true, and it is the word of God. As I have studied it and applied the principles it teaches, I have felt greater peace, happiness, and satisfaction in my life that I have not been able to find anywhere else. There is more power than we can ever know in the Book of Mormon, and it helps us answer many of life's great questions. Because I know the Book of Mormon is true, I know that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God, and that this is His true church. I also know that Joseph Smith was His chosen prophet to restore the truth back to us. And I also know that we are lead by inspired prophets and apostles today, who continue to receive guidance from heaven to lead this church.

How I live my faith

I strive everyday to become more like Jesus Christ. I read the scriptures daily, especially those about Christ. As I study the scriptures, I pay close attention to His example and how I can apply it in my daily life. I try to develop the same kind of attributes he possesses. I try to do the same things he would do in many different situations. I often ask myself: "What would Jesus Christ want me to do if He were here?" I am also serving as a full-time missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints, which means that for two years, I have the privilege to volunteer full-time to teach people about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and about our beliefs. Everyday, I am out in the streets, knocking on doors, stopping people to talk to them on the street, and meeting with people in their homes, at the library, at friend's homes, and anywhere else you can think of to share this important message with them. As a missionary, we are required to conform to a certain dress code, which means that I wear a suit and tie everyday. We also wear a name badge with our name, and the name of our church on it. As a missionary and also as a member of this church, I feel it is very important to be a good example to others of what a follower of Jesus Christ should be. I know that sometimes, actions speak louder than words, so I always try to live the way that I know God and Jesus Christ would want me to live in all that I do.

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Conner
Yes, we do. We love, read, and teach from the Bible at our Sunday church services and full-time missionaries also use it to help others understand more about God, His son Jesus Christ, and the wonderful teachings that They have given us, often called the Gospel. However, we do recognize that the Bible has undergone many, many, different translations and through the centuries has been changed and altered so that some truths and teachings contained therein were lost. Because of this, God has provided an additional witness for the truth, the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon helps us to understand Bible passages more clearly, and also clarifies some fundamental principles that are not always found in today's Bibles. We love and cherish both books, and encourage all to read them both, together, in order to build faith in God and Jesus Christ and the Gospel. Show more Show less