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Hi I'm James Teerlink

I love the outdoors, play tennis, study Civil Engineering and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love going backpacking and camping. Moab and the Uinta Basin and the Grand Tetons are some of my favorite places to visit. I enjoy going to Moab with friends to go explore slot canyons and have fun. I constantly go camping with my family and we all love being together around the campfire. I love the struggle of hiking on a difficult trail and the feeling I get when reaching a summit. There is a power and majesty in nature that constantly draws me back to it. I played tennis in high school and I still love playing when I can because of the things that it has taught me by being in a sport that is both individual effort and takes team work by playing either singles or doubles. My favorite pass-time is to hangout with friends on the weekends cruising in the car listening to music, watching movies or going on dates. In College, I study Engineering and Architecture because I am fascinated by architecture and the beauty that a structure can be created from the mind of an individual person. Architecture has such an amazing way of expressing a culture or history and can have a specific impact on an individual person from the different perspectives someone can view it. I love creating things that are functional and have the potential to help other people's lives be easier but still have a form and beauty to it. I think that there is a art form in having this balance so this is why I study Structural Engineering.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of the happiness it brings to my life. I constantly rely on the help of my Savior Jesus Christ when I am going through trials or hard-times and through my religion I am strengthened to become a better person. I continue to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ because it motivates me to be a better son, brother, uncle and friend. I came to know that this was the right path for me in high school when I read the Book of Mormon for the first time and I felt a confirmation from the Holy Ghost, or a determination in my mind that this gospel is true. As I have continued to work on my faith in Jesus Christ and the Book of Mormon I have found that it is the most true aspect of my life. This is why I have made all of my standards and values based off what the prophets tell us. I believe that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and that it was translated by Joseph Smith. I believe that there is a modern prophet that lives today, and I know I can receive answers from God about problems or questions I have in my life. I believe that my purpose on earth is to have a great relationship with both my Father in Heaven as well as everyone that I meet. And I live this way because of the things that I have learned from being a Mormon. This knowledge continues to motivate me help to love everyone around me and live in a way that allows me to do this. This is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I have lived my life in such a way that I would always be prepared to serve as a full-time LDS missionary. In order to do this I always keep high standards of keeping myself away from any forms of activity contrary to my Church's teachings and trying to be as close and loving to my family and friends as possible. Although I believe that family is one of the most important aspects of my life I also believe in serving others that are in need. Because of this, I was a Boy Scout throughout all of my teenage years and was lucky enough to participate in many volunteer service projects that taught me about how to love others out of a sincere desire to serve. My junior year in high school I was on a youth-council in my church which decided what activities we would do with the youth in my area and was able to help plan many service projects for less fortunate kids in my community.This desire to serve helped me in high school and my senior year I was able to become a "Service Coordinator" for my high school in planning projects that the entire school participated in. I participated as a ward missionary during college giving a helping hand to anyone that needed me, and now I am serving as a full-time missionary in Taiwan. I am so grateful that I was able to make this opportunity because it enables me to serve others on a 24-7 schedule and be able to share with everyone my standards and beliefs. I love serving others and the great feeling of charity that comes with serving others.