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Hi I'm Carson

I'm a student, I'm curious, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a college junior and I study Comparative literature, Portuguese, and Hebrew. In my free time I like hanging out with close friends and cousins who make me laugh and appreciate life. I love to write, mainly working with poems and short stories, and currently I'm working on a screenplay. I think it is important to be informed and curious about what is going on in the world and to be open enough listen to different points of view and that is one reason why I helped found the Curiosity Club. It is an unofficial club at my school where a close group of friends meet together weekly to talk about current events, our personal research, attend campus lectures/conferences, or invite a guest lecturer. In our intimate group we have people studying many different things and meeting together helps me learn about this wonderful world we live in and fall in love with it as I learn so many things I never knew before.

Why I am a Mormon

Being a Mormon is important to me because of my heritage and the future family I hope to have one day. My great, great grandparents were Welshmen who heard the missionaries back in Great Britain. They were converted and made the difficult sea voyage to America, and eventually crossed the plains in covered wagons to settle Salt Lake City. I owe a lot to them and feel closer to my family roots when I practice the faith they valued so much that they willing left behind everything they knew and loved. More than anything I want to be a great father. After my parent's divorce I still saw my dad a lot but I lost the chance to have a positive role model that I respect and trust in my home. At church I found great role models in my friends' fathers and other outstanding men in our neighborhood who were in charge of overseeing the boys in the congregation. I learned a lot in what they taught at church, but I learned more from their examples of honesty, good humor, and faith. Simplicity is important to me as student, a writer, and a man. Living the restored gospel of Jesus Christ simplifies the complex world I live in, by teaching me that I am a son of God and that I can return to live with Him again. The other commandments keep misery and drama to a minimum and my life happier as I obey the Good Shepard.

How I live my faith

My faith is what allows me to see my life as a whole. As a student, I rely on the Holy Spirit and my studying to understand truth and understand how I should interact with those around me. Following Jesus' example I try to love and understand others through service. I serve at my local library helping foreign speakers improve their English literacy skills. I served as a full-time missionary for the church in Brazil, and count it as a great blessing in my life to have served God by serving his children. They were two beautiful years of my young life and will always remember their courage and faith in God. Because of my faith I don't see drinking, recreational drugs, or causal sex as a way of "having a good time;" and instead prefer to laugh with friends, catch a movie, read or write. When I am living the life I think God wants me to live, I feel guided to say and do things that will bless my family the lives of others--this is what makes me feel joy.