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Hi I'm Adam

I'm the oldest of nine children. I'm an aspiring rock star. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Utah, but I've lived all over the world. My family spent time in Israel while I was young, I went to elementary school in Japan, and before long I spoke Japanese almost as well as English. I was home-schooled in North Carolina and attended high school in Hawaii. I'm currently at college studying Psychology and preparing to serve a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I'm an aspiring songwriter and guitarist, and have played in folk, Hawaiian, rock, metal, alternative, and jazz bands in the seven years since I picked up a guitar. Music has always been a part of my life, though - I started playing piano at the age of six and have been singing in choirs almost as long. I also love ballroom dancing and reading good books. I'm the oldest of nine kids - three boys and six girls - and am trying my best to be an example to them as I figure out the nuts and bolts of the "real world." I love them and my parents, and wish more people were closer to their families because they really are a source of strength to me.

Why I am a Mormon

This is a question I've asked myself a lot recently. Until a short while ago, I would have answered "because I was born one." My parents' families are all Mormon, and I was raised in the church and taught from the scriptures since I was born. I've had many wonderful experiences as a Mormon, but eventually I realized that borrowed faith isn't enough. I had faith because my parents and friends did, but I really didn't have a personal relationship with God. But, as I've been away at college, making my own choices, studying and applying the principles of the gospel, I've become more and more comfortable with my own faith. I'm not perfect, and I don't claim to know everything about God or the nature of the universe. That uncertainty, however, makes my knowledge of the blessings of living a Christlike life all the more powerful. My experience in the gospel has been a beautiful spiritual journey. I have seen people's lives change as they grow to understand the atonement of Jesus Christ. I have seen people who had lost all hope find peace and strength in God and find the kind of joy that makes life worth living. I've found personal comfort as I've prayed and studied, forgiving others and myself for imperfection and striving to be more like my father in heaven. I believe that I'm happier as a Mormon than I could ever be otherwise. Being a Mormon isn't easy, but I believe it is the most rewarding thing anyone could ever do. I'm a Mormon because I have found hope, peace, love, and above all, joy.

How I live my faith

I currently attend church at a college ward where I am a counselor in the Sunday school presidency. Basically, I help coordinate classes and Sunday school teachers, and train them on the best way to share religious history, the gospel, and the scriptures with their students. Sometimes I'll fill in for a teacher and instruct a class myself. It's been wonderful working with both the teachers and the students, and I especially enjoy the times I get to teach for them. I often don't feel qualified to help train the entire Sunday school, especially since the teachers and students are all my age and brilliant, knowledgeable, and competent individuals themselves. As I've studied and done my best to share, though, I've realized that this calling is probably blessing me more than anyone else, and for that I'm grateful. It's given me the opportunity and occasion to study the scriptures in a more focused manner, and especially to interact with others in constructive ways. I'm a shy person by nature, but being involved with the Sunday school has been great for my confidence. I also home teach some of the students in my ward, and even though I'm not nearly as consistent as I should be with this, I've had some wonderful experiences getting to know them and spending time with them. I know I wouldn't be talking to them at all if I hadn't been assigned to care for them, so I'm grateful for that opportunity. In the meantime, I'm just finishing up the application process and preparing to receive a call to serve as a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I'll be leaving this summer to share my faith and experience with people somewhere in the world, and even though it's scary, I'm very excited. I'll be leaving my home, family, schooling, and hobbies for two full years, and hope to be able to do some good for the people I will be serving, and mature in my own faith and understanding of the world.