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Hi I'm Devan

I have lived my whole life in Central California. I love to swim and do almost anything outdoors related. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

-Well, in short, I am just a normal person. I love to be outside and do most anything related to it. I have gone camping to many times to count. I have gone hiking a number of times. My longest hike was a week long 63 mile hike to the top of Mt. Whitney in California. I also love to swim. I swam competitively on local swim teams since I was five years old and also swam on my varsity high school swim team. -To further show my love for the outdoors and almost anything related, I am an Eagle scout. I have been involved in scouting since age eight and have loved it from the beginning. I have been involved in various parts of scouting and haven't been disappointed in any of it. - I just finished my first semester of college and loved every bit of it (well maybe not all the studying). I am putting this education on hold for the time being so that I cans serve a mission for the LDS church. I will be serving in Ecuador and can not wait to get started. -That is me. I love the outdoors, scouting, swimming, and my church, not much more to say.

Why I am a Mormon

-I was born into this church. I have been a member my whole life. However, I was never forced to attend church nor was I told that I had to believe in anything. Yet, I am here writing this paragraph about why I am a Mormon. The simple answer is that I believe and have faith that this church is the true church of God. I have had numerous experiences where I have had the spirit testify to me that this is the true church. There is no other way to put it. It is through my experiences that I have decided to be a Mormon. I follow this gospel because it is true. It is the path to happiness. It is the path to return to our Heavenly Father.

How I live my faith

-I live my faith in quite a few different ways. I strive to always be an example to anyone that is looking my way and when there is no one looking I do it anyways. I follow the teachings of my church leaders the best that I can. It is apparent that I do so not only to people of this religion but also to others who might not know that I am a Mormon. They don't have to know what a Mormon is to see that I am following a set of standards. This is to me the easiest way to live my faith. -Within this church itself I have served in a variety of capacities. I have been a teacher and regularly visited member families to teach them the gospel further or in a new light. I have been the president or leader of groups of boys varying in age from 12-16. I myself only being within that age range at the time. I have assisted my local leaders in various roles. To put is simply when I was asked to do something by my church leaders, I did it. It is my hope that this willingness to has showed the intensity of my faith. -Now I preparing for the largest demonstration of my faith yet. I am about to leave on a two year mission for this church. I am going to be serving in Ecuador for the majority of this mission. It is not going to be easy (I don't even know Spanish yet). Nonetheless, I am excited to get started and to serve.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Devan
-The simple and to the point answer is, no. Mormons have helped many non-Mormons through out time. In time of natural disaster the church is almost always seen contributing to the clean up and rebuild in one way or another. The church's member are often seen helping to clean up the mess left by hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, etc. Additionally, since 1985 the church has donated over $1 billion dollars in cash and material assistance to countries, and their people, that are in need. -On a more personal level the church states that is members should follow the commandment to love thy neighbor. This includes serving other and helping those that need help or ask for it. -So in short It is safe to say the Mormons help all those that are in need of help and have a willingness to do what they can to serve all others. Show more Show less