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Hi I'm Will Hayden

I love discovering, I love skateboarding, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi, my name is Will. People call my Hill, Squil, Phil, and even Pill (but mostly just Will). While I consider my home to be San Jose, California, my family currently lives in Shanghai, China. I just finished my first year at college where I began studying advertising. I'll soon be leaving on my Mission to Oregon, where I'll serve from June '13 to June '15. I have a unique zeal for life. I love developing my talents by pursuing anything that seems interesting, fun, or exciting. Where has this landed me? Well, I've acquired a lot of great skills, but I'm a master of nothing. To be honest, I kind of like it this way, because I've experienced a lot of what this world has to offer. I truly do find joy in discovering. I'm consistently learning and discovering, but there are a couple things that I've really grown to love. I love skateboarding. I started in middle school, and I want to live up to the email username that I penned in the sixth grade (but have since deactivated to avoid further embarrassment): "skateforlife180." I like skiing. During my fist year of college, I really wanted to get good. I had great intentions, and I got better, but I spent more money replacing broken ski poles that on ski passes themselves. Worth it! I love music. I play drums and piano, but I enjoy being a DJ most of all. When I was in high school, I started doing mobile gigs as a DJ. DJing allows me to interact with music and be an entertainer at the same time.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because both of my parents were members at the time of my birth. I continue to follow the Gospel of Jesus Christ for multiple reasons. First of all, I have felt the comforting presence of the Holy Spirit of God. In sincere times of need, I have been filled with peace and assurance. This shows me that Heavenly Father loves me and is aware of me. Because my prayers are answered, I recognize His presence in my life. I am so glad that Heavenly Father loves me. Secondly, I have faith. I don't yet have all the answers, but I know enough. Past experiences, and a current belief in the truth of this Gospel, drive me forward. I'm eager to strengthen my belief and I'm willing to search longer. Why? Because I recognize the happiness that the Gospel of Jesus Christ has already brought into my life. For example, I have felt Christ's atonement work in my own life. I have felt the happiness that comes as His perfection has swallowed my faults. I've partaken of the good fruit of the gospel and I can't wait to partake of more. I'm glad that I don't have to be perfect to be loved by my Heavenly Father. I'm grateful that life is about finding joy. I'm excited to see how my faith will continue to grow. I have a testimony that Heavenly Father knows me. I have a testimony that Jesus Christ atoned for my sins. I have a testimony that Heavenly Father answers prayers. We speak, He listens.

How I live my faith

During my first year of college, I was assigned to be the Sunday School President in my ward. My assistants and I helped volunteers within our congregation learn to be better teachers. We wanted to help our teachers edify and uplift the ward members. My assistants and I dedicated time to our assignments with the hope of serving other members of the ward. While I was a freshman in college, I was also assigned to "Hometeach" other members of the ward. I was assigned to look after and serve four other members of our congregation. With my Hometeaching companions, I made regular visits to these congregation members. We looked for opportunities to serve, and offered support. I loved hometeaching during my freshman year because it gave me a concrete opportunity to love and support specific people.