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Hi I'm Christian

I am a small town kid. I am a missionary. I am a Mormon.

About Me

Many people might feel that living on a small dairy farm in Idaho, in a town with fewer than 600 people, would limit ones opportunities. I have found it to be just the opposite. As a small child with farm chores, I began to learn the simplest concepts of life. I have seen how devastating neglect can be. I have learned that without nourishment all things will die. I have discovered how laziness ends in turmoil and how progress is essential in keeping a farm going. As I grew, my opportunities extended beyond the borders of the farm and into the community. I have had opportunities to share my talents daily, singing and playing the piano at local rest homes, community events and even for an individual in need. Since elementary school I have always wanted to be the very best I could be academically and socially. I earned my Eagle Scout Award when I was fourteen. I worked hard to be an example for my fellow students as I served as the 5th grade, 7th grade, 10th grade class presidents, and as the Student Body President of my high school. I was also able to take advantage of opportunities beyond the mountains, performing professionally for summer theaters and record labels in Salt Lake City. Each experience in life will leave us with something; it is up to us whether we use those experiences as benefits or as burdens.

Why I am a Mormon

I think back to a high adventure boy scout river-rafting trip. I was lucky enough to have my dad along with me. Of course I paid no attention to him, wanting to impress the other boys. The river guide warned us of underwater whirlpools that if caught in were nearly impossible to escape. Soon we began to hear a roar in the distance. As we rounded the bend we saw in front of us ridged rapids appropriately named the big kahuna. I, still ignoring the warnings of my father, hopped onto the front to ride the raft like a horse over the rapids. As we hit the big kahuna I remember being thrown to the bottom of the raft by the force of the powerful waves. I tried to sit up but was forced down again and again completely submerged. As I truly began to question as to whether or not I was going to be ok,the giant hand of my father reached down beneath the water against the powerful waves of the currents and pulled me helplessly to the surface. Humbled and shaken, I could only look at my father with thankfulness and awe. Like my father, Jesus Christ will never leave our side, even when we ignore His warnings and question His teachings. Satan, like the powerful waves of the rapids or silent stirrings of the whirl pools, is constantly waiting for us to fall. Gods powerful hands, pierced with the wounds of the atonement, will pull us from the depths of the waves back into the light. God only asks that we try. I am a Mormon because I know, and because I know, I am happy.

How I live my faith

I have always enjoyed spending time with ward members, as well as working with other boy's my age in priesthood callings. I have learned that when we put aside our own selfish wants and needs, and look at life with a more eternal prospective, we can grow increasingly more spiritual and find ways to touch the lives of others. I wanted to show the members of my quorum just how important and valued they were to the church. As a quorum of five young farm boys, we trampled through the deep snow to take the sacrament to seven housebound widows. A spirit that could only have been felt through service, ignited a fire in us that continues to grow to this day. Many of those widows have since passed on but I remember vividly the cold Sunday afternoons we spent in their homes blessing and passing the sacrament and actively using our priesthood. I learned how valued a single example is for someone in need, and how easy it is to fellowship somebody my own age as well. I have always been afraid of failure and rejection. I often felt very inadequate in these leadership roles as I tried to bring the quorum together, as members of the church, and more so as friends. These responsibilities have taught me the importance of service, friendship and trusting in the Lord. I know that when we stand with God we never stand alone. We are created for greatness and with Him we can accomplish all things.