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Hi I'm Corey

I love my friends and family, and enjoy interacting with others! I am currently serving a mission in Hong Kong. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've grown up in Alabama, and I've been raised Mormon my entire life. I grew up in a college town, and many of my friends have diverse points of view, many coming from abroad. I'm grateful that I had such a diverse group of friends, as they really helped me develop as a person, and learn to think about things from a fresh perspective. When I received the opportunity, I studied at a language immersion program called Startalk at Brigham Young University during the summers of my sophomore and junior years of high school. The next summer I received a scholarship to study abroad in China, and language learning has always been a passion of mine. My parents both served missions in Spanish speaking countries, and so I've also taken 5 years of high school Spanish, and attended a Spanish branch at my church for 6 years. I am a very social person and love interacting with others; my best joy comes from my friendships and the love I have for my family. I am currently serving a mission for the LDS church in Hong Kong, China, and when I return I will study at a liberal arts college in the northeast.

Why I am a Mormon

Being raised in the LDS church, I've adopted many of the beliefs as self-evident, as many people do when they're raised in a certain faith their entire life. However, as I grew up in a town where most of my friends were not Mormon, I quickly saw differences in how we saw life and religion. Being exposed to new viewpoints has actually increased my faith in my own religion. I often found similarities in their beliefs to mine, and though there are also many differences, the similarities sometimes helped me understand my own church better. For me, the religion has always given clear and satisfying answers to many of my questions about existence. I am grateful for this guidance, as well as the many personal blessings that come from a knowledge of Christ's gospel. I know that Christ atoned for our sins, and that His goal for all of us is our personal happiness.

How I live my faith

My faith is very connected into my daily life. Many people focus on the "can'ts" when I talk about my religion. I don't consume alcohol or coffee ("What?! No coffee?"), and I don't go out on Sundays... but it's not that simple. I think living by faith is really a lifestyle. My faith influences every decision that I make, and really has brought me great joy. I think ultimately it comes down to a love for others and a desire to have happiness in life. This life is a wonderful experience, and is meant to be joyful, and I know my faith has helped me be a much happier person. I know that we're all children of our Heavenly Father, and he loves all of us, and that one realization has really shaped how I treat others, and how I think of myself.