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Hi I'm Parker Hemsley

Born and raised in Georgia. I'm an Ice hockey player, I'm a golfer, and I'm a Mormon

About Me

My name is Parker Hemsley. I was born and raised in Georgia. I am the middle child with an older brother and younger sister. I feel like I fit the middle child role pretty well! I am blessed to have an amazing family that I am very close to. They have always been a source of support in everything I do. I am a student at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and have loved every minute of it! I really enjoy sports. I have played hockey for over 10 years, and it has always been my number one sport. In recent years I have picked up golf. I have been playing for about 4 years now, and really enjoy it. I love pretty much all types of music and have grown an appreciation for all types of music.

Why I am a Mormon

Members that are born into the church don't always have that defining moment that compelled them to be baptized like converts. Kids born into the church often live off their parents testimony. You go where your parents want you to go to, and you say the same things your parents say. Eventually the time comes when you need to develop a testimony of your own. For me I always had a belief the church was true but like most kids just went about my days not making a big deal about it. However this "believe I know" turned into "I know I believe" around my senior year of high school and first year of college. My senior year was tough because I really had to distance myself from my friends. They all went off and did what high school kids do. Things I didn't want to be involved in. During this time I really had to rely on my family, and my faith in the church. When I arrived at BYU my testimony grew like never before. I was on my own out in college. I studied the scriptures more, felt the spirit more, re-read the book of Mormon, and prayed at the side of my bed every night. I did this to the point where, I know this church to he true. I made life long friends in just one year. Friends that have the same standards and faith as me. I still have questions. I think everyone needs to have questions to learn and grow. However my questions are always answered, and I am always given comfort. A leader in the church put it simply, "doubt your doubts before you doubt your faith." Through all of this I learned that you have to have faith. It is such a simple concept but it is the most important concept. When everything is said and done, you have to have faith that these things are true. You need to have faith in Jesus Christ and his atonement. I know that Jesus Christ died and atoned for my sins. I know that he loves us and is pulling with us in everything we do. Gods love never changes. I know this church is true, i know the Book of Mormon is true. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

How I live my faith

I was born in the church and have been a member my whole life. In the LDS church there are different groups for men, women, and children. Two of these are called the teachers quorum and the priests quorum. These are over young men ages 14-15 and 16-17 respectively. I participated in many different activities in those groups. I have participated in youth activities throughout my life and have always loved attending them. I have made life long friends with the youth and with the leaders of the church. I also participated in scouts and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. Now that I am an adult, my roles in the church may be changing but the church is a constant in my life. I attend church every Sunday for all the meetings because keeping the Sabbath day holy is a commandment and it is important to follow the Lord. When I was playing travel and competitive hockey I struggled with keeping the Sabbath day Hoy because I was always out of town for tournaments and games. It came to a point where I had to chose between any aspirations of playing the sport I loved at the next level or chose to follow Christ and keep the Sabbath day holy. I ultimately chose to quit travel hockey. It may not seem like the largest problem in the world, but for me personally it was a hard decision. However with that chapter of my life was over, I was able to play high school hockey, and play in other leagues that allowed me to be at home and not be playing hockey on Sundays. I was worried that hockey was over for me, but soon realized the Lord had blessed me greatly and that my hockey career was far from over!