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Hi I'm Elder Ewens

I grew up in a place called North Dakota. I am currently serving in the Anchorage Alaska Mission. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm 19 years old. I attended two different Catholic schools - one K-5 elementary school, another Pre-K -12 school. I was born and raised a Catholic. I am the fourth of five boys in my family. I play the Trumpet and the Piano. My favorite band is Switchfoot. I tend to lean more towards music that has uplifting lyrics rather than for its beat or sound. Mathematics and Physics are my favorite topics to study. I'm very logically and philosophically minded. I love to organize things. It is within my nature to understand how things in this universe work. I have a minor taste for art. This natural inclination comes from my grand-father on my dad's side. I tend to enjoy taking pictures. I love running, long bike rides, roller-blading, or simply taking a stroll through nature. Living in the flat Midwest has restrained this desire, though I have found beauty even within the bounds of this place I call home. Nature, found anywhere, is my home. I love to talk to anyone and everyone. I am curious by nature. Getting to know people on an intimate level is what I like to do. To love and be loved is my aim. Though I am firm in my own religious convictions, I love listening to the different beliefs of others. This is turn causes growth and respect for diversity. I love to play thinking games. Anything stimulating is my kind of game. Card and board games are my type. Though I don't enjoy competitive sports, I love to be active. Ultimate Frisbee is my game of choice.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised a Roman Catholic. I received an education from private Catholic schools throughout all of my schooling to this point. Half of my current friends are Catholic. It seems as though everything in my life points towards me being a Catholic! However, the reason I am a Mormon goes much deeper than the environment surrounding me. For the first 16 years of my life I was unsatisfied with my life. The questions I had about my existence and purpose could never be satisfactorily answered by any of my religion teachers. Amid all of this confusion and what felt like a blanket of darkness, something small from time to time would whisper, "Just hold on a little bit longer. This life is worth living. Just keep asking questions." At the time I could not identify the source of this 'voice.' Surrounded by a deep depression and a self-imposed mental confinement, I came in contact with a friend who just so happened to be a Mormon. I began to question her and her family about her beliefs. When the explanations and answers came to me, the same voice that whispered to me to keep going came again, this time in a feeling within my soul that struck me to the core of my being. It burned within me, and I knew that what they had to offer was good and true. I deepened my investigation and search with the realm of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. From the very first question I asked to now, I can say with more assurance that this is true church of Christ on the earth. From the moment I decided to be baptised, through the year and a half wait that laid ahead, and throughout my current membership, I stand firm that what the Spirit has bourne witness to is true. I know that the Atonement of Jesus Christ can literally change lives. It did for me. The Gospel of Jesus Christ answers our soul's deepest questions and yearnings. It gives us hope. It gives us a source of light to look to in such a dark world. It gives us purpose That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by first striving to be a good example to those around me. Whether it be at home (where I am the only Mormon), at school, at work, out in public with friends, or even at church, I strive to do as my Savior did in loving all those around me. My actions, my speech, and even my thoughts are all focused on that of serving those around me. I also do my best to serve in my community. Whether it be for a service project for church, or simply going out and visiting the elderly, the sick, the widowed, I do my best to extend a helping hand to those who simply can't always stand for themselves. I especially live my faith in my words. Everything I talk about is focused on the Gospel in some way. Whether I'm talking to a stranger, or my best friend, or even my brothers, I do my best to include my religion in my speech. I also enjoy going out and literally preaching and teaching the Gospel with the missionaries. Visiting the homes of those members and non-members and being able to sit down and discuss religion is by far my most enjoyable way of living the Gospel. I do not restrict my religion to Sunday meetings. My religion is a lifestyle - I love my religion!