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Hi I'm Gabe

I love the camping/hiking. I love music. I once hit a falling milk jug out of the air with a bow and arrow. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I am a high school graduate on the cusp of a mission. Throughout high school, I was on a swim team. I've played the piano for 9 years, the double bass for 6 and dabbled with organ. During my senior year, I joined the ultimate Frisbee team. After winning only 1 game during the regular season, our team won nearly all our games at the region tournament to clinch a spot at state, beating teams that had crushed us earlier in the season! Sweet revenge. (The teams at state wiped the floor with us.) Listening to music of many genres is one of my favorite pastimes. List of some favorite bands/artists: The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Curtis Mayfield, James Brown, Otis Redding, Kanye West, Nas, OutKast, Lynyrd Skynyrd, OCMS, and Hans Zimmer. I also like Beethoven, Bach and Chopin. I was rejected from both Harvard and Stanford, despite a perfect ACT score and so will be attending BYU, saving myself some tens of thousands of dollars in the process. I'm looking at possibly majoring in math, but that could definitely change. I don't really have any career goals in mind, besides making a decent living. Something I really love is hiking and romping around outside, especially in southern Utah. Goblin Valley is one of my favorite places ever.

Why I am a Mormon

The biggest reason I am a Mormon right now is because I was born into the church. My parents have been Mormon's their whole lives and so have I. So for the first 12 or so years, I didn't really have much of my own personal conviction. I believed in the church because my parents did and I trusted them. I don't think I even really understood a lot of what the church teaches. But as I got older, as usually happens, I started to think for myself and question whether the church was truly a real thing. When I started doing that is when my own testimony started to grow. And it is still growing! I am by no means finished gaining a knowledge of the divinity of the church. I have a long way to go before I become one of those old men with great Oak Tree testimonies. Which is a major reason why I continue to study the scriptures and pray daily. I am very glad that I was born into this church, because if I wasn't, I don't know that I would accept it on my own. I've been blessed more than most, in that I've grown up learning the gospel. This is part of the reason I am going on my mission. I was basically handed the gospel since birth, but many others are not so lucky. I want to help them to accept the gospel, because it really does bless lives, in this world and the world to come.

How I live my faith

Well I just barely turned 18, so most of my experience has been as a youth. I've served in the presidencies of all my young men groups. I guess most of my church participation has been just that, participation. I've given a few talks in sacrament meeting and taught a few lessons to the other young men. One of the most meaningful services I provided as a young man was taking the sacrament to the elderly around the ward. We take it to those who cannot attend church because of physical frailty. They are obviously not in the prime of their lives, but they are always so happy to see us, and relish the chance to take the sacrament. As one of them said, it is not a given thing to be able to take the sacrament at their age. They could pass on at any day. I've been an active member of the church all my life. I'm going to up the ante, so to speak, by going on my mission. I am excited to become a full time member of the task force of Jesus Christ.