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Hi I'm Eli

I'm a debater, a college student, and a future missionary. I'm trying to be a better person. I'm a Mormon

About Me

First and foremost, I am a human, and like all humans, I am someone who is inherently interested by my surroundings. While some people channel this interest in art or science, I do it through debate. For me, there is nothing more interesting in seeing issues through multiple lenses. I don't believe that we were all supposed to be the same, and finding why people are different is fascinating. I know Chinese. When I was a kid, my parents decided our family wasn't big enough, so we decided to adopt two children from China. Since then, I have studied the language. There is a beauty in a language as absurdly complex as Chinese. Each word stops being a combination of 26 arbitrary letters and becomes something unique.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a recent college student. Piggybacking off my parents' beliefs no longer suffices when you're out in the world, and I've had to grow on my own recently. In the world today, there is a call for increasing secularism and minimizing the importance of religion. The prevailing thought seems to be that with science as advanced as it is, there is no need for any form of spiritual interference. This is an absurd thought, in my opinion. Being a member of the church adds a dimension to my life that worldly things cannot. I know that being a member of this church has made me an undoubtedly better person, and I think it will continue to do so.

How I live my faith

I believe that the most important teachings of the church are usually also the most basic. I try to be kind to everyone, regardless of how I feel about their opinions. I believe the most powerful way to lead is by example. The greatest advice I've ever received came in the form of a song I learned when I was four: "I'm trying to be like Jesus". I mess up a lot, but every day, I try to be better. I hope that I can help others to do the same. I am not perfect, but I'm constantly climbing that slope. I hope I can help others do the same. I now serve as a missionary in Daejeon, South Korea, to share the good news.

What is being a Mormon like?

Our lifestyle has some key differences from most, to be sure. Our frequent church attendance and devotion to living free of addictive substances come to mind. I find that this counsel does not feel like a restriction at all, much like a vegetarian does not grow angry because they cannot eat meat. I do not think of the church as strict, but as a guideline for a fulfilling life. Although it is not always immediately obvious, living a faithful life is rife with blessings. By trying to be a little less selfish, I find that I bring more happiness not only to myself, but to others as well. Show more Show less