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Hi I'm Mason

I grew up in the middle of the woods, in the Ozark Mountains. I'm an all-state and all-star athlete and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I currently live in Arkansas, in the Ozark Mountains, but I will soon be leaving on my mission to Brasilia, Brazil. I love sports, especially basketball and football. In high school I was all-state and an Arkansas all-star for football, and all-state for basketball. I played basketball in college which I attended for one year during the Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 semesters. Fitness is one of my biggest endeavors in life - but not just physical fitness. For me, keeping the mind and spirit in proper shape is even more important than the body. Travelling is something that I've really enjoyed doing over the years, as I've made trips across the country several times as well as trips to Europe and South America a few times.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born as a member of the church, so I was never converted. However, it's been said that our life can be a series of conversions and/or re-conversions. While never having to be converted, I have had experiences of re-conversion. I grew up as the son of a faithful mother and a not-so-faithful father. My mother took me to church every Sunday and made sure I read my scriptures and prayed daily. As I grew older, my parents got a divorce, and church started to become like a chore. I began to dread the hours of boredom that every Sunday was bound to bring. I continued to attend church every week only because of the dictates of my mother. Basically, I grew up on my mother's testimony alone, and because of that I fell away when I went off to college. I got into some of the wrong things and went through a depressing break-up, which led to poor grades - something I'd never had a problem with before. Those things brought me to a low point in my life - rock bottom. At that point in my life, my mother and a sweet Mormon girl a had met years earlier were the two main influences in my life. Because of their righteous influence, I decided to put forth my own effort to find out what this life was really about. I began studying my scriptures and praying multiple times daily. Within a week, I received a witness that God and His Son, Jesus Christ, were very much real and alive, and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was the true church of God. This was my main re-conversion experiences which has led me to where I am today - preparing to serve a full-time mission as a Latter-Day Saint. This Church is its Doctrines have helped me in ways I never could have imagined.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by always trying to set a good example for those around me. Most of the people I grew up around were not members of my faith, so I had to uphold the high standards of my church in order to correctly represent what I believe. I teach a Gospel Principles class at church, which is the class for investigators and new members. I've learned that one of the most important things to do as a teacher is to love those you teach. It's very important to love everyone, as that is one of our greatest commandments, but if you love those you teach, your lessons will reflect that and your students will be more open to what you have to say. I enjoy any opportunity there is for fellow-shipping, especially when it involves sports and/or games.