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Hi I'm Kurtis Shelton

I love Disney, singing barbershop, I am a Chemistry enthusiast, and I'm currently serving in Taipei Taiwan! Plus, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to express myself through music, and I absolutely love singing Barbershop. I love being a part of musicals, and have always had a special appreciation for cheesy jokes. I'm currently serving in the Taipei Taiwan mission, and I'll be in Taiwan from 2014 to 2016. I love speaking Mandarin! I am a soon to be biological chemistry major, and hope to go into Cardio-thoracic surgery some day. I'm a Disney enthusiast, and a die hard fantasy lover. Disneyland is my home, and spending time with my family at "home" is one of my favorite things in the world. I love making candy, and am a self proclaimed candy cane connoisseur. Popcorn is also quite possibly one of God's most divine creations. Need I say more?

Why I am a Mormon

I've certainly had my run in with doubt, concern and questions regarding the history and rumors surrounding the LDS faith, and also have had issues expecting perfection of the members within this organization. And though, my dear reader, you've probably never met me or have any sort of inkling or idea as to who I am (granted... how could anyone adequately describe themselves within 2000 characters), the least I can do is share with you how I feel about God and His Son, Jesus Christ. I'm a Mormon because it brings a kind of peace to my life that is indescribable. I love Christ, and I love his Atonement. I know that through Him we can do anything, and become anything we want to be. I'm a Mormon because this religion brings a feeling of comfort, happiness, and security to my life that I have been unable to find anywhere else. It gives me strength that I never knew I had. There is something about bringing yourself to your knees, opening your heart in humility and meekness, that changes the way you view the world. Regardless of what you've had to experience in your life, that support will always be there and will never leave you as long as you're willing to allow it to be. I'm a Mormon because I love to serve people, and I am so thankful for the opportunities to serve I've been given. I'm a Mormon because the LDS faith has not only blessed my life, but it's changed me to be a person much better than I ever could have been without it. I will never claim to be even close to perfection, nor will I ever be able to adequately describe how much I love being a Mormon in any of the languages I speak, but I do know that the person I have become today is one (though it may be small) step closer to the person God wants me to be... and that's all I need.

How I live my faith

Walt Disney's favorite Disney song was "Feed the birds" from Mary Poppins, and since learning his reasoning behind the decision I've come to agree with him. One does not need money to make a difference. If you want to change the world, there's nothing to it. Changing the world can be done with something as simple as sharing a "tuppence," and looking outward to Christ rather than inward toward yourself. Find the gospel in every lesson learned, because Christ is always there. Utilize His teachings and exemplify His example by always looking for ways to serve others. I try to live my life in the best way I can. I know that Christ lives. I hope to live my life in a way that is worthy to represent Him, though I'm still constantly striving to achieve that level of worthiness. I love serving here in Taiwan. Never have I seen a people more willing to serve their fellow man than the people here. Watching people here sacrifice so much to come unto Christ has truly had a lasting influence on me. Though I'm not sure I'll ever be able to match their example, I've come to realize that true conversion unto Christ comes only through our own willingness to change. I live my faith by doing my best to find that willingness. Doing my best to not only follow the example of the people here in Taiwan, but Christ's example as well. So how is it I live my faith? For Christ, that's how.