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Hi I'm Denver Smith

I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I’m a student at Utah State University. I’m studying Computer Science and also art. I love running, and riding my bike as much as possible. Generally speaking, I love to learn. I like to figure out how to make computers do things. When I am feeling so inspired, I enjoy drawing and painting - mostly faces and people because I find them most interesting. When I am in the mood, I like to write. Music is also a big part of my life. My family is a great blessing to me, and I love them.

Why I am a Mormon

I believe that God is aware of us at all times. We can always choose to seek his guidance. We can always seek to understand His will, and He will guide us as we honestly look. I grew up as a member of the church, however I feel like my conversion to the gospel first began when I moved away from home. I decided to begin reading the Book of Mormon for myself. As I began reading from the Book of Mormon, I felt a desire to find out more about God and the religion, which I was raised in. As I read the book, I felt that it made sense. I also made some great friends and influences in my life. These friends and influences have really helped me to make good decisions. I know that God has given me guidance through the influence of my family members and friends, and also as I have read the scriptures. I choose to continue to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ simply because I realize that it brings the most happiness into my life. There are many great programs and organizations outside of this church, but I really believe that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have restored this organization - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - as the only church with the complete teachings of Jesus Christ, and also the power and authority given to man to act in the name of God. I know that these things are true, and so I choose to live my life in harmony with these things.

How I live my faith

I recently returned from Minnesota, where I was a full-time missionary for the past two years of my life. That experience has really allowed me to understand so much about myself and about God. I feel very blessed that I had the opportunity to be a missionary because I have grown so much from that experience. An apostle, or special witness of Jesus Christ, Elder Jeffery R. Holland, once stated, “God often provides His blessings though the compassionate and timely response of another.” I have experienced God’s blessings through the people that I come in contact with. In turn, I try to live in a way such that those around me can experience God’s blessings and love. People are so unique and diverse, which is one of my favorite things about life. At the same time, each person is a son or daughter of our Heavenly Father. Each person is divine. I try to keep these truths in mind. One way that I choose to live my faith is by developing my talents, skills, and (good) habits, many of which I have learned while I was a full-time missionary. I love to study the scriptures, and also the words of living prophets and apostles, who I know are inspired by God to lead and guide the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints today. I enjoy studying, and documenting Sgaw Karen, which is a language spoken by a group of people from Myanmar and Thailand. I’m fascinated by their language and culture. Many Karen refugees live in the United States. I spent most of my time among these Karen refugees while I was a missionary. There is also a congregation that meets in Salt Lake City each Sunday, and I enjoy attending and serving in that branch as much as I can.