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Hi I'm Keaton

I've lived in the United States all of my life. I love sports and the outdoors. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love sports. In high school I played American football, wrestled, and participated in track and field. I also like the outdoors. I often go hiking and mountain biking. I also love music. I play the guitar, harmonica, and trumpet. I'm not exactly amazing at any of these instruments I just have fun playing them. I like to listen to mainly rock and alternative rock, but honestly I'll listen to most anything. Oh and I also play bass guitar in a band with my best buds. We aren't anything special we mostly play covers, but we have a lot of fun. I also enjoy spending time with others, whether they are my friends, family, or even strangers; I just love spending my free time in the company of others. I recently graduated high school and am preparing to serve a full time mission in the New Zealand Wellington Mission, and after my mission I plan on attending college. I'll probably attend BYU or BYU-I for a while then transfer to the University of Utah; where I would like to begin my major of Biomedical Engineering. The reason I've currently selected this major is because it's less of a desk job, and it's also a job where I can help others. Pretty much I'm just an average guy trying my best to be a better person and to help others where I can.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I love it. The LDS faith is one of action, hope, and joy. Action because as a Mormon you are expected to help build the Lords kingdom; we believe it be a commandment. You are expected to always try to better yourself, help others, and be willing to sacrifice for the Lord, but you don't do these things because as a Mormon it is expected of you. You do it because when you are truly converted to the faith it's what you want to do, and when you do you always feel the love of the Lord. For me it still isn't the easiest thing to sacrifice time for my faith when I'd rather be doing something else, but to be honest I have never regretted anytime that I have done anything relating to my faith. Hope because we believe that Christ lived and atoned for our sins, and because of his sacrifice we are saved and can live with God again if we choose to accept the atonement and let it work miracles in our lives. We also believe that families are forever, and that even family members now passed have the opportunity to accept the gospel so that we may see them again. The Mormon faith is one of second chances which I know I need. Joy because it's message brings joy to my soul. The message that families are forever, our purpose in life, and where we came from, and the message that even though we aren't perfect we can still be forgiven and saved. I'm thankful that I have grown up in the church, but even though I was born in the faith I'm a Mormon because I chose the faith. I've been lucky enough to have parents who have let me find my own way, and I am a true convert to the Mormon faith. I know that Christ lives, and I know the Book of Mormon is the word of God. I haven't received witness of every principle of the gospel, but what I do know at the moment gives me enough strength to take the rest, for now, with faith, understanding that I will learn more as time progresses. I'm thankful for this church and what it stands for, and I will always stand with it.

How I live my faith

I live my faith in many ways. Our faith focuses so much around service and that's partly why I love it so much. I love to serve. I've had several callings in my ward, mainly I was the leader of a group of young men my age, and so I planned activities, arranged opportunities for service, and did my best to help my peers stay on the right path. In the community I love to serve and help others around me. One of the easiest ways to do so is in the winter time by shoveling neighbors driveways and walks. I live my faith by well, actually living it, outside of church on Sunday. I work everyday to better myself and others, and to come closer to my father in heaven. I read my scriptures every morning and night, and when I'm with friends or others who don't share my standards I make sure not to lower mine. I strive to always have a prayer in my heart and to have an open mind so that I can notice when others might be in need.