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Hi I'm Ethan

I'm a small-town Pennsylvania boy who loves poetry and thunderstorms, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the fifth of six children in my family, and the first of two sons. I've lived in the Philadelphia region my entire life, surrounded by great natural beauty and rich national history. I enjoy reading the works of the literary masters, especially Dickens and Dostoevsky. Occasionally I'll try to write a bit myself, usually poetry, which usually is inspired by the world around me; my favorite poem that I've written is based around things I can see almost anytime I look outside my window. I'm a Sophomore in college, hoping to major in meteorology. I enjoy kind of crazy things like storm chasing and sky diving (even though for some reason I hate roller coasters).

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As a child, my parents made sure that the gospel was taught in our home so that each of us kids would grow up strong in it, and for a long time that was enough. Then came the middle school and high school years, and my parents' testimonies alone were not strong enough. I needed to know for myself if what I had been believing my whole life was true. I began to study and ponder the Book of Mormon and Bible, rather than just idly reading them. As I was reading from the teachings of the Savior, I found myself feeling happy, and realized I was enjoying it. I wondered why that was. The answer came overwhelmingly to me: it was because I loved the Savior and his church, and moreover, I knew he loved me. That knowledge is something I treasure. It is something I want everyone to feel and to have, because I know that it is the most precious knowledge we can possess here on this earth. I offer my witness here that God and Christ are real beings, and that they love us. I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints contains the fullness of their gospel, and that Jesus Christ directs it today. I promise that those who sincerely desire to know for themselves if what I've said here is true can and will receive the same knowledge and joy.

How I live my faith

I try to live my life in the way that Christ lived his. I constantly make it my goal to love and support those around me, no matter who they are or what their circumstances may be. I recognize that each and every person I see is a beloved child of our Heavenly Father. To Him, everyone is of great worth, and so they are to me as well. To this end, I do all that I can to lift those around me, emotionally and spiritually. If a person has a need I can fill, I do so. I've also decided to live my faith by dedicating the next two years of my life to serving as a missionary in western Siberia and the Baltic countries, teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ to those who live there.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Members of the Church are encouraged to be like the Savior in their love of others. As such, as a group, we try to help all those we can. Something I remember that was common to all the church activities I had when I was younger (and now, for that matter), is that there was always some service project as part of it. Whether it was cleaning up a trail in a park or making simple blankets for children, we were always engaged in some sort of work for others. Another recent example is found in Hurricane Sandy. Every Sunday for some time, a number of people from the congregation I attend would go up to the New Jersey coastline and help clean up and repair the damage wrought by the storm. Missionaries also provide service at as many opportunities as we are able, in addition to preaching the gospel. In everything we do, members of the Church try to emulate the Savior and His pure love to His children. Show more Show less