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Hi I'm Chase

I grew up in Idaho, I'm a missionary in Africa, and I'm a Mormon

About Me

I live and grew up in Idaho, and here in my community, we have the rarity of the large majority of the population being Mormon. This gave me the amazing blessing of having nearly everyone of my friends being Mormon, and many of my teachers as well. I was on the Varsity track team at my High School, and my main event was pole vaulting. I fell in love with the sport the second I started, and after all it was in my blood, having both a dad and a brother that were pole vaulters as well. I also love being outdoors, and really enjoy fly fishing with my dad. I enjoy doing almost anything where I either get to be outside, or get to work with my hands. I decided to combine the two, and have been working on a landscaping crew for the past two summers. Although I don't see a future occupation in this area, it still has been very good for me, and has helped me earn money for my mission. I received my mission call in April of 2013, and have been called to serve in the Uganda, Kampala mission. I leaving the Missionary Training Center for this area, and I couldn't be more excited! I can't wait to serve and associate with the wonderful people of Africa!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, having all of my extended family being members of the church. I have found this to be a great blessing in my life. Even though I was born into the church and its what I grew up with, I still had to come to the knowledge of its truthfulness on my own, and I have done so. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and did indeed see both the father and the son, in what we call "the first vision." I know that Joseph Smith translated the gold plates given to him by the angel moroni, and that that translation is know today as The Book of Mormon. I testify of the truthfulness of this book. It is indeed another testament of Jesus Christ, and contains the fullness of the Gospel. I testify and know that Christ lives, and he and the father have bodies of flesh and bone as tangible as mans. I know that Christ atoned for not only mine, but all the sins of the world. And I know that through this atonement, that we can ultimately have a change of heart, a nature change. Even to the point where we no longer desire to do that evil which plagued us. I have experienced of this atonement for myself, and I know that you can too. I testify of the truthfulness of these things, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

How I live my faith

As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, I have strived to participate and be involved as a member of the church. One thing I've done since I was 14 years of age is what we call "home teaching." This is where priesthood holders of the ward are paired up, and have the opportunity to go to a few assigned families homes, and leave a message with them. This has given me many great teaching opportunities, and learning experiences. I have also been very active in the youth programs in my ward, and have had many leadership opportunities because of this. Another thing that is common among youth of our church, is giving talks, or spiritual thoughts or lessons in church on Sundays. Usually for no longer then 10 minutes, and usually no less then 5. Preparing these talks has helped me grow as a member of the church, as I have prepared them, and learned of doctrine for myself and not just preached it to others. As a young man in the church I held the priesthood at the young age of 12 as do all other young men. As i advanced through the different levels of the priesthood I had the opportunity to be involved in the blessing and passing of the sacrament. I am very thankful for this opportunity this was, and for the learning experiences that it brought.