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Hi I'm Hyrum Snell

I am 18 years old, grew up in Kaysville, Utah, am currently serving a mission on the island of Madagascar, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born on July 10, 1996 in Layton, Utah, and have lived in Kaysville, Utah for my entire life up until this point. I was born into an active Mormon family, and have been an active member of the LDS church my entire life. You could say I'm the stereotypical Mormon boy. But I'm also a normal teenager. I love to play almost any sport--basketball and soccer being my favorites--and I also enjoy school (to an extent, as I love learning but not the homework). I also enjoy spending time with my friends, whether that is playing games, going swimming, sledding, snowboarding, watching movies, or pretty much anything.

Why I am a Mormon

As I said in the "About Me" section, I have always been a member. But that doesn't mean I've always known that this church was God's true church on this earth. About a year ago, I didn't know what was true and what wasn't. I had been coasting on the testimonies of my parents and youth leaders, and I was getting to the point where that wasn't enough anymore. And so this past year I have taken the steps outlined in The Book of Mormon in Moroni Chapter 10, verses 3 through 5. I have taken the steps to gain a testimony of this church for myself, and my efforts have paid off. I now know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is God's true church on this earth, and I know that Thomas S. Monson is His true and living prophet here to bring His words to the world. And I know that serving in Madagascar is where God wants me to be. And so I will obey His instructions to me: the instructions I received from His prophets, from His scriptures, and from His Spirit. I want to live in eternal happiness with those I love, and this church--my church--has given me the direction and assets I need to accomplish that goal.

How I live my faith

I am now serving as a full time missionary for the church, and am currently at the Provo MTC. It is an incredible experience to be serving the Lord full time, and to be able to have the opportunity to share the gospel with the people of Madagascar, which is where I have been called to go, and where I will be heading very soon. I am very excited to bring the joy and love of the gospel to those loving, humble people, and to invite them and open the door for them to come unto their Lord, Savior, and Redeemer Jesus Christ. This will be an experience unlike any other, and I know that it will change my life, as well as change the lives of those who I come in contact and share he gospel with. Yes, it is a sacrifice, and yes, it is hard to be away from those you love for two years. But I know that it is and will continue to be worth it, as I know this is where God wants me to be, and what He wants me to be doing. Of course I miss my family, and of course I miss my friends, because I love all of them. But what is so incredible about this experience is that I already love the people of Madagascar, even though I have yet to go there. And I know that--at this point in my life--the people of Madagascar need me more than my friends and family do. And so I will choose to serve them, and do my duty as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. God has called me on a mission, and so I must "go and do the things" which He has commanded me.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Hyrum Snell
First and foremost, because family is the classroom for life. In families, we develop the talents, skills, and assets necessary to face what the world has in store for us. But families are also important because they are eternal. Because we are all God's children, and He is our Father, we are all part of His eternal family. And if we obey His commandments given to us on this earth and, then we can live with our own family and those we love for eternity. And who wouldn't want to spend eternity with those you love and care about most? Show more Show less