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Hi I'm Shad

I've always loved soccer. I am currently serving in the Argentina Mendoza LDS Mission. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

When I was very little I played a season of soccer at the YMCA and instantly fell in love. I loved scoring goals. After that first season I told my dad I wanted to keep playing soccer but he tried to persuade me to try something else because he knew very little about soccer and it wasn't a very popular sport. I refused and I told him that it was what I wanted to do. That first season blossomed into a life spent playing soccer. I stared playing club or competitive soccer when I was eight or nine. When I was eleven my dad decided our family need to move to northern Utah. My family moved to get closer to our grandparents who were both sick with cancer and needed help with their farm. It was a good decision because my family was able to spend valuable time with them before they both passed away a couple years later. Moving to Utah also brought snow into the picture and so I was forced to put away my soccer cleats away for a few months. I decided to start playing basketball in the winter, especially because my nearby cousin enjoyed it so we were able to play on teams together. In High School I was very blessed to be able to play for my school both in soccer and in basketball. I was able to use my athletic talent to get a job at the recreation center working as a referee. I also enjoy school, I do well in math and science. I plan to attend BYU after my LDS mission to Mendoza Argentina and study medicine and later go to medical school to become an orthopedic surgeon.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because it brings me happiness and peace in my life. I was baptized at the age of eight. I was baptized on the same day as my cousin who is four days younger than me. I remember standing at the top of the stairs of the baptismal font before my own baptism watching my cousin get baptized and feeling an overwhelming peace and a burning in my heart. I knew that that feeling was the Holy Ghost letting me know that what I was about to do was what Heavenly Father wanted for me. As the years have gone by my testimony has grown little by little. I have experienced the power and gained a testimony of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Heavenly Father provided a way for us to return and live with him and it is through Jesus Christ. Because of Jesus Christ we can all be forgiven of our sins and become clean and pure and find happiness. The Atonement is an amazing thing because it doesn't just provide forgiveness, it provides change. As I repent and seek forgiveness my heart is changed and my desire to sin goes away. Jesus Christ suffered all our afflictions and we can pray for his strength as we go through the trials of life. I am thankful for the knowledge I have of my Savior and that with him I can conquer any trial or challenge in my life. I am a Mormon because it brings guidance in my life. I can have peace because I know my life has purpose and there is a plan for me. I am here on earth to prove myself obedient and to take the necessary steps to return to God's presence and I know that that is through the gospel of Jesus Christ, the principles and ordinances of the LDS church.

How I live my faith

I am currently serving in the Argentina Mendoza Mission. In my ward at home I served in a presidency of a quorum, a quorum being a group of men around the same age that also hold the same office in the priesthood. I helped in planning weekly quorum activities and helped assign people to perform priesthood duties. One of my most common duty in my priesthood office was is blessing and administering the sacrament during sacrament meetings and also in the homes of sick members of my ward. Our quorum would get together once during the week and do various activities to learn skills and have fun as a group. Our quorum especially enjoyed going boating. This summer I served on a committee for a stake youth conference. A stake is a group of wards. We had to plan a four day activity for all the youth in our stake. We met almost every sunday. I also was a home teacher. I would visit four families every month with my dad. We would visit with each family and talk about things that are going on in their life and make sure they are doing well. We would also share a message from the Ensign, an LDS magazine.