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Hi I'm Ivan

I love to play the guitar. I am learning to speak Mayan. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Some of my hobbies are camping, basketball, chess, and music. Chess is definitely my favorite but I'm not that good. I am a little better at guitar. I have played with several jazz greats including Wycliffe Gordon, Wayne Bergeron, and Jeff Coffin. The outdoors are also great. I try and go to the Wind Rivers one a year and love the Canyonlands, and Zion nation park.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church but I am still a Mormon because I know the gospel to be true. I have felt the joy the gospel brings and I want to continue to feel it. Christ taught that only through his gospel of repentance can we truly find happiness in this life. When I am striving to repent with all my heart and come closer to Christ I feel the spirit in a different way. I know that Christ came to earth to pay for our sins. I know that he lives today and that he has given us the blessing of having his preisthood authority here on the earth to help us live his gospel.

How I live my faith

Living my faith is something really important to me. I try to find something that I can do better every day so that someday I can live with my family for eternity. It is really difficult to take each day seriously as an oportunity to progress. I think that changing to become more like Christ is one of the hardest things a person can do. I have lots to change and I find joy in my small successes. Simple things like waking up when the alarm clock rings or saying thanks to my mom for making dinner really go a long way to building character.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

We live pretty normal I think. The word of wisdom kind of sets us apart as well as our standards. Many other Christian people share most of our values so we really aren't that different. God´s whole purpose is to bring about the eternal life and imortality of man. When a person really knows that this is true, and that they have a loving heavenly father that wants to help them, they become truly happy. Show more Show less