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Hi I'm Eli

I love the outdoors. I'm a triathlete. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a college student, and I enjoy a variety of activities. Some of my hobbies are hunting, fishing, trapping, cycling, running, swimming, triathlons, hiking, riding ATVs, and playing basketball. I also like working with my hands. I've built model planes, tied flies for fishing, and I took a ceramics class in college. In high school, I was a lifeguard at the county aquatic center. I love being in the water, and I love competitive swimming. I was a three-time region champion, qualified for the state high school swimming competition all three years that I swam, and I was the team captain of the swim team. I am an Eagle Scout, I graduated from high school with honors and received the award of outstanding machining student, and I was the Salutatorian of my graduating class.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church and most of my family are Mormons, but that's not why I'm a Mormon. When I was eight years old, I decided to read the Book of Mormon. I'd heard the stories from the Book of Mormon, and it was frequently used in lessons, but I had never actually read the book. I started to read it for myself and felt good whenever I read it. As I got to the end of the Book of Mormon, I came across a scripture that changed my life. It was Moroni 10:4-5, which reads: "And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things." I thought that this is a pretty incredible promise and I decided to ask my mom about it. She told me to do what it says to see if the Book of Mormon really is true. So I did just that. I got on my knees in my bedroom and asked sincerely if the book was true, and I had faith that my prayer would be answered. The Book of Mormon is either true, or it's not. I can say with all my heart that the Book of Mormon is true. The feeling I got after I prayed was the strongest feeling I've ever felt in my life. It was a warm burning feeling in my chest that overpowered every other emotion. It was a feeling of pure happiness and joy. This feeling was the Holy Ghost, which the scriptures talk about. I know that the Book of Mormon is true. This means that Joseph Smith really was a prophet of God, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints really is Jesus Christ's church here upon the earth. I encourage all to read the Book of Mormon and do as I did. Pray sincerely with faith to know that the Book of Mormon is true. That is my conversion story, and that's why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, I had many opportunities to participate in service projects with the church and with the Boy Scouts of America. Whenever a new family (of any faith) moved into the ward, our ward would always go help them move in. We also helped families when they moved out of the ward. My dad and I always helped with these activities, and it always felt good to give people a break during their move. One memorable service project that I helped with was our ward service day. I ran a small lawn care business and several houses needed their lawn mowed and their weeds trimmed. My ward leaders asked me to take care of these lawns and I was happy to do it. A few houses didn't have people living in them, but it helped some renters out and it made the town look better.