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Hi I'm Luke

I'm an outdoorsman, adventurer, and aspiring entrepreneur. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name's Luke, but you already know that. Right now, I'm a senior studying economics at BYU, and I've got more hobbies, interests, and passions than I can count. Out here, I've discovered and embraced the greatness of winter sports, starting with cross-country skiing. Hiking, kayaking, camping, whitewater rafting and backpacking have all become passions to various degrees, but mostly, I just love doing things I'm afraid of… which kind of explains a math-heavy econ degree as well. Lately, I've also gotten my feet wet in the fascinating world of entrepreneurship, and I'm excited to see what happens with an educational tech company that my team's trying to get off the ground.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I know that this church is true. I was raised in it by a loving family, but I came to the point where I couldn't live on that alone anymore. I had felt God's love in my life, but I needed help in becoming and changing more than I could ever do alone, so I put it to the test. I prayed with all my heart for help, and my Savior came through. At that time, I learned that not only did God love His children, but He loved me. Not only did Jesus Christ pay the penalty for the sins of everyone on earth, but He paid for mine. When I felt His love for me individually, everything changed. I wasn't perfect, and I still have a long way to go, but I became able to do so much more. I saw how weak I was, so I cried out for help, and Jesus Christ was there. God had heard my prayer, and through His Son, He answered it. That's why I'm a Mormon. Since those experiences, I've learned over and over again, through small and simple things, that this church is true. I know that the Book of Mormon is true and that Joseph Smith is a prophet. I read that book, I pondered it, I prayed about it time and time again, and my prayers were heard. I have come to know that it's true by the power of the Holy Ghost. I've felt it. That's why I'm still a Mormon.

How I live my faith

For me, faith is a life, not a lifestyle accessory. I live my faith by living my life as close to Jesus Christ's teachings as I can. I strive to be totally open and honest in my relationships with family and friends, and I'm in a constant quest for truth. Our faith encourages the relentless pursuit of knowledge, and I do that by not only attending school but also reading all that I can and participating in lively discussions of principles, history, politics, and the way they all intersect. When I get carried away, I'm reminded that as someone trying to represent Jesus Christ, I need to be kind and considerate, even when I disagree, which is pretty often. My faith touches more than my studies though; it leads me to reach out when I feel myself becoming selfish and to strive for a greater purpose than myself. It drives me to treat my family with the respect and kindness they deserve, and it leads me to reach out as a true friend, when I see others struggling. I've especially enjoyed opportunities to mentor others through church responsibilities, from teaching to personally visiting members of my congregation. One of my favorite assignments (and the one I hope to return to) was mentoring a small group of young men. I love the way "mentoring" for us involves more than talking or teaching; it's mainly teaching by example, and a major part of that is taking them on adventures. Anyway, the main thing my faith drives me to do is apply Gandhi's wise words, "You must be the change you want to see in the world."