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Hi I'm Craig

I'm from New York. I love hiking and music. I'm studying electrical engineering. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in upstate New York and I attend college at Brigham Young University in Utah, where I'm studying electrical engineering! Right now, my career plans are to become a patent lawyer someday. I'll be starting my work as a full-time missionary in Santos, Brazil in January 2014, and I can't wait to go serve the Brazilian people and the Lord. In my free time, I love to listen to music, go hiking or camping, watch soccer, and spend time with my three older siblings and parents. I also enjoy photography, reading, and writing!

Why I am a Mormon

Living this gospel requires a lot of faith and a lot of dedication--without those, we would all drift away from the church. I've worked hard for my whole life to keep that desire to live the way the Lord wants me to. It hasn't always been easy--in fact, sometimes it's extremely hard to gather up the strength and courage to follow Christ. To stay devoted to the gospel, I've always known that I need to have a strong testimony, an unwavering conviction that this church is true and that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are always there for us. I do have that testimony. I've spent years watching, reading, and learning about the gospel. I've asked myself if it's true through pondering and thought, and I've asked Heavenly Father if it's true through prayer. Both answers were the same--this is truth! Those answers were confirmed by the Holy Spirit, which God offers to each of us. The Spirit tells my heart that God is real; He is watching over us and loves us in a way that we can't comprehend. He sent His son Jesus Christ, who gave Himself so that we could all be saved through repentance and faith. His gospel gives us a way to happiness in this life, and His mercy and sacrifice give us salvation in the life to come. I've seen that joy that this truth brings to my own life. This church and this gospel have been the greatest sources of happiness to me. Through tough times I have seen the hand of God in my life and felt His love for me. I don't have a perfect knowledge of this gospel--there are still things that I don't understand, but I'm learning. I have seen the way that the gospel of Jesus Christ works in my life. I am constantly astounded by how it all makes sense in every way, both to the mind and to the heart. Every tiny piece of this gospel shines with truth, and with each new revelation I gain a little more love for my Heavenly Father and His son Jesus Christ, who lead this church today. I love the truth that is found in this church--and that's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by working to become more like Christ every day. To me, a huge part of this is giving service. I've done this in my church most recently by serving as secretary to the president over a large group of men my age. I've also been president of a few similar groups at different times and done other things like organize the music for each Sunday service and visit with individual members of my ward to discuss the gospel. Being a missionary for two years will also give me a wonderful opportunity to get out there and work for the people of Brazil, the Lord, and myself. Trying to set good, consistent habits has been another way to act on what I believe. I try to read from the Book of Mormon or other scriptures daily, and I pray to our Heavenly Father several times a day. Things like this help me to keep myself focused on what's really important: the gospel! When I remember Christ and His teachings and His love for all of us, it's easier for me to be a more kind and caring person to everyone I meet.