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Hi I'm Qelvin

I graduated from high school in 2012. I love studying languages, especially English, Spanish, and Latin. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

After graduating from high school, I decided to get two semesters of college under my belt. In high school I was proud to be an artist, photographer, writer, and eventually chief editor of the school's newspaper. I also enjoyed being in the many musicals and plays that my school put on. Which might explain my Communications major and Performance minor in college. Outside of school I'm a hiker, I love hiking or backpacking on the trails near my home. I live in a beautiful area with plenty of waterfalls, lakes, and trees. Pretty much anything that attracts my eye I'll try to snap a picture off. Not that I'm a good photographer (though I do have a few shots I'm really proud of), I'm just a sucker for beautiful scenery. I'm really attached to my family. I enjoy a good connection with my older brother, my mother, father, and the dog which I pretty much raised since I was 12. I also have a few close friends that I'm blessed to have in my life. In fact, I wouldn't have a life if it wasn't for a couple of those friends. Earlier in my life I was severely depressed and I was about to go over the edge into the deep-end. If it wasn't for two good friends of mine I would have. But they drew me back and raised my spirits to the point where I could get myself out of the situation I was in. They knew, somehow, that I needed their help. Even if my family didn't. Some might say I'm lucky to have such good friends. I know that they were, at that time, and now, my guardian angels.

Why I am a Mormon

As I've said before, there was a time in my life where I didn't think I could go on. To make a VERY long story (somewhat) shorter. My grandfather had just recently died. His death triggered conflicts within my extended family, which led to some pretty bad conflicts in my immediate family. Being the youngest, I was the peacekeeper, the baby, and the (as my parents put it) angel of the family. I did my best to keep people happy. Everybody but myself. Of course I never let my family know I was depressed, so I became a "fallen angel." I didn't necessarily do anything "bad", but I stopped going to church meetings, my grades in school fell, and I stopped caring about where my life was heading. Did I mention how good of an actor I was? One day, after an argument with my brother, I rode my bike to the nearest LDS (Mormon) church building, which always seemed to calm me down. Not this time. I was crying too much, I stopped riding my bike around the parking lot and went to the outdoor gathering place, sat down, and cried. I don't know why, but I started praying, something I hadn't done for a long time. I was blaming God for the death of my grandpa, I was yelling at Him for the fights in my family, and eventually I was crying out to Him for help. Later that week two of my good friends cornered me. They asked what was wrong. I said everything was fine. They didn't agree, they said that that day, something was off, and they felt impressed to ask me what. I immediately began crying again, I didn't tell them everything, but they became my support. They didn't know until recently that I was suicidal. But I was spared that fate; I grew and my family healed. We grew closer than we ever had been. I started finding myself, I started actually living, rather than existing. All because I reached out to a God I thought had forgotten me. That was the beginning of my testimony. And any time I have doubts that God loves me, I think back to that experience.

How I live my faith

The main thing I did/do in my community is try and find ways to serve. I love the people I grew up with. I love learning and growing with them. I've been a Home Teacher (a person who is invited into other members or less active members homes to help lift and inspire them. Also provides service to the families assigned to them), and loved every moment of it. Sure, there were times when I didn't want to get up and help Mr. and Mrs. so-and-so chop firewood for the winter. But if I did end up going, I ended up loving it. (Part of that may be that Mrs. so-and-so served us hot chocolate after we finished...) Being invited into the homes of those you look up too spiritually is always a little scary, especially when you're 16 and supposed to be teaching them something about the church you both belong to. And providing service throughout the community, and keeping track of the members assigned to you is a big responsibility. But it always ended well, and in a tight-nit community like the one I grew up in, there was always something to do. More recently I continue to serve the community in which I reside, trying to help wherever I can.

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

"Mormonism" is the Church of Christ as he organized it during His life on earth, only in modern times. After Christ died, was resurrected, and ascended to heaven, much of His gospel was lost or changed as the leadership He established died. We call this the Apostasy. The Apostle Peter told us that Christ would restore the true church before he came again. (Acts 3:19-21). In 1820, Jesus Christ began the restoration of His Church by appearing to Joseph Smith the prophet. Joseph Smith, under the direction of Christ, established the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, with the same teachings and basic organization of the original New Testament Church. Show more Show less