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Hi I'm Avery

I grew up in Mesa, Arizona. I play college baseball. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am freshman college student and a member of the baseball team at my school. I absolutely love baseball and have played ever since I was 4 years old. I enjoy playing other sports as well like basketball and football. My favorite professional sports team is the Arizona Diamondbacks. Besides baseball, some of my favorite things to do are wake-boarding and wake-surfing. I love going to the lake and relaxing with family and friends and just having a fun time wake-boarding and wake-surfing.

Why I am a Mormon

My family is very active in the LDS church, and because of that I have been attending church meetings ever since I was born. Up until I was about 16 years old, I never really had my own testimony of the gospel. Even though I always went to church and did everything that I was supposed to do, I never really realized why I was doing it. I had just relied on the fact that my parents had taught me that the church was true, without ever really learning for myself. Then one day in church, my bishop bore his testimony of the Book of Mormon. It was short and sweet, but one thing he said stood out to me. He said that he had never had an overwhelming spiritual experience where he heard the holy ghost say to him that the Book of Mormon was true. He said that he knew the Book of Mormon was true because of how he felt every time he read it. Whenever he read, he always felt a peace come over him, and he stopped worrying about the worldly things going on in his life. He just felt calm and peaceful as he focused on the words in the scriptures. This stood out to me because I felt that same calm and peaceful feeling whenever I read the scriptures. I hadn't realized it as much before, because I was expecting some huge spiritual experience whenever I read the scriptures. My bishop's testimony taught me that I didn't have to have a huge mind opening experience to gain a testimony, I simply had to continue living the gospel and I would gain that knowledge of the truthfulness of this gospel. I know that this church is true, and without it I would not be as happy as I am with my life right now. I love this church and I know that the Book of Mormon is true doctrine. I know that Joseph Smith truly was a prophet of God and that he was inspired to translate the Book of Mormon. I know that our Heavenly Father knows each of us personally, and he wants each and everyone of us to do whats right so that we can return to live with him again.

How I live my faith

As a college student, I have the opportunity to attend a singles ward where the members are all young single adults that are around the same age as me. Our ward does many activities together and I have become very close with many of the members in my ward. In my ward I have the opportunity to serve as a clerk, and it has been a wonderful experience that has helped me grow as an individual. I also enjoy the opportunity I have to home teach some of my peers. It is a wonderful experience to be able to teach and discuss principles of the gospel with someone who is around the same age as me. It has helped me grow so much spiritually and I enjoy every opportunity I have to home teach. Going to church every Sunday is also a great experience. Sunday school is a wonderful time when I get to learn about and discuss the gospel with many of my close friends.