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Hi I'm Carson

I love motivating people. I call life out on its awkward moments. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love taking something that's good and making it better. I love working on my ping-pong swing and my basketball shot. Sometimes I really overthink things. I love my family and miss them greatly when I'm at school. My parents have become my friends as I've asked them for advice to help me get on my feet and begin my adult life. I'm grounded in the city during the week with work and school, but on the weekend, I love to get out on a camping trip or drive around and enjoy the scenery. Getting out gives me a fresh perspective. I try to write down all the ideas I have about life and how the world works. I'm not sure if I have a good sense of humor, but I can definitely be amusing. I like to hear others' opinions on things and try new things, like food and music. I attended Utah State University for a semester. Now that I'm back from my mission in the Baltics (*go ahead and google it, there's no shame in not knowing where that is) I am going back to school. I'm at BYU Provo studying Russian. I believe it's important to compliment people and not to withhold approval. If something is good, give it credit for being good. Don't be afraid to be yourself. Happiness comes when you are true to your self and try to enjoy each day instead of worrying about making things go a certain way.

Why I am a Mormon

Because my parents have been members their whole lives, it was never difficult for me to do the things that they did or to believe what they believed. I definitely felt a really good feeling at church. I liked being around other people from my congregation but went through teenage funk like many do and was sometimes indifferent to living what was taught there. I am grateful for the faith of my good parents. They taught me to do what is right and to pray. I rode on the coattails of their faith and have been able to avoid a lot of painful and unnecessary mistakes by doing so. I decided to serve a mission for my church when I was old enough. Having left the spiritual protection of a mostly Mormon community, I learned that people have found many ways to live what they believe. I realized that if I wanted to continue and have confidence in what I am doing right now, I need the kind of knowledge that can't be given to me by another person. I have prayed about the Book of Mormon many times throughout my life, and I never received the 'answer' that is often mentioned, but I figured it's always worth another try to get something like that. One night, I went out on the balcony of our missionary apartment to get some validation. I felt bad that I was walking around telling people that I know something is true when the truth is I just believe it's true and everything that I learned also seemed to suggest that. I wanted to be sincere with people. I let God know that I thought it was unfair that He had not answered my question yet. I was also completely willing to do what He would tell me to do and if I received an answer that I couldn't deny, I would never deny it. God is pretty good at what He does because he definitely resolved my concern. The Spirit of God testifies of truth. I learned for myself that God is my loving Heavenly Father and that what I am doing is the right way for me. Since then, I have been able to tell people sincerely, I know this is true.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by making good things happen in others' lives. Christ will always go after the one lamb that is lost. I try to follow His example by being a friend to those who are not surrounded by validating peers. Christ's life was full of opportunities to criticize and point out others' weaknesses, but he usually did not (he definitely pointed out the Pharisees' weaknesses). Nobody needs more negativity in their life. I like to tell people 'you can do this' and be a 'harmless as a dove' and not say unnecessary, negative things about people. I visit members of the church in my home ward. As Christians, members of the church have a responsibility to care for others' well-being. We share inspiring messages, study the scriptures, and pray together. Many of these people have family who have already grown up and moved away and just need some company. The real mission of the Savior is to bring happiness to all of God's children. When I see a frown on someone's face, I try to help them find a reason to smile. The way that God helps us grow is by loving us unconditionally, in spite of our mistakes and faults. I try to love others so that they feel accepted, because I believe that this is the best way to help each person grow and reach their potential.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

The Atonement of Jesus Christ is a miraculous event that allows us to return and live with God. It has two parts: Christ's suffering for all of the sins of God's children as well as His death on the cross. The atonement can overcome the obstacles that would keep us away from our Father in Heaven. We can't live with God if we are unclean, and we also can't live with Him if we are dead. Through the Atonement, we can overcome the effects of sin and be forgiven and all men will also be resurrected. Christ's atonement is acceptable compensation to satisfy the law of justice that demands that we are suffer the consequences of sin. Show more Show less