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Hi I'm Colby

I am an avid cyclist, an aspiring photographer and hotelier, I love the feeling helping others gives me, and I am a Mormon!

About Me

My life has been defined by service. I always loved helping people. I was always the peacekeeper in my family. I always felt very sad when my siblings or parents would get in an argument, and I didn't like feeling that way, so I would try to help them work things out. I loved shoveling our neighborhoods sidewalks and driveways. I usually woke up early in the morning so sidewalks would be clean before people left, and if there wasn't school, I would still be shoveling by ten or eleven when my parents would tell me to come back home. I didn't like leaving, knowing I didn't finish the job. I've always tried to live my life in similar fashion. The desire to serve has fed my passion to own a mountain resort one day. Ever since my teenage years, I've been an aspiring hotelier. I also have a passion for photography, specifically time lapse photography. I've watched many powerful time lapse videos, and longed to make something equally breathtaking that shows the beauty of our planet in a unique way. I was blessed greatly by my father-in-law who, through his work, gave me a very nice DSLR camera. Ever since then I've been learning as much as I can, and snapping thousands of photos, many of which I take great pride in! I also love cycling and mountain biking. I love the pure speed I can reach on the road under the power of my own legs. Yet, I also love the physical and mental challenge mountain biking brings to navigate a mountain trail.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I felt Heavenly Father's love for me and confirmation of my faith.When I was a 14yr. old boy, I had a special experience at a special church sponsored youth camp. The church calls it EFY, or Especially for Youth. You spend a week with other members of the church between the age of 14-18 from around the world. Most EFYs are held at either BYU or BYU-Idaho campuses. We get to study the scriptures and apply lessons learned everyday. We also get to hear from many scriptorians, church leaders, and members of the church who have a lot to share. We also had dances and ate great food and made a lot of friends. But what stuck with me is at the end of that 1 week experience, we got to share our testimonies, or our beliefs. Every person is unique and has something special to offer. Me and seven other boys sat down with our leader in a secluded part of campus. It was very informal, and I don't remember much that was said. But for some reason, Heavenly father affirmed to each and every one of us as we got up and said how we felt at the end of this week, and how that's changed our lives. Not one of us had a dry eye, and we knew Heavenly Father was real, that he loved us and that he was proud of the choices we were making. It is an experience I don't talk about much, but I can never forget. That feeling drove me to serve a mission in Novosibirsk, Russia. Teaching the Russians the same gospel that brought me so much happiness even further affirmed that I was doing the right thing. I saw how applying the simple commandments Jesus Christ gave us lifted their spirits and gave them so much more. I realized that before I am an American, before somebody is Russian, or some other nationality, they were and always will be, a child of God, with infinite potential.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by doing. I have always served in the church in leadership positions, helping organize activities for youth and adults,as well as teach and instruct. I have always believed in living what you know, and as such I always strive to treat others how Christ would treat them. I live the gospel with my family by reading holy scriptures and praying together every single day. I know God lives and hears our prayers. He know how to help us succeed, and is interested in what we're interested in. If I include Him in my life, he will help me in even the littlest ways. I also know that I can only be successful when I do what he asks of all of His children. That's why we read the scriptures and pray everyday, to remind us what's most important.