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Hi I'm Duane

I'm a: Missionary. Friend. Optomist. Realist. Brother. I love: Singing, Eating, Video Games, and Sports.

About Me

I'm not quite sure where to start. I love Jesus. Like John the Beloved, I would like to title myself as loved by the Savior. I'm a jack of all trades. Master of none. Singing could be considered my passion. Some say that I'm pretty good.... namely, myself. Like I said, I'm a realist. I'm great. There's nothing like singing some Frank Sinatra, or some Dean Martin, or perhaps even some imagine dragons. I lay down some phat croons. However, there is no musical genre like church hymns. They seriously invite the Spirit like nothing else. I shoot shotguns. A lot. I'm pretty good. I could consider myself a constitutional originalist. I believe the founding fathers of the United States were inspired men, who started the country with a firm belief and testimony of our Living God. I love my country, and I even love Utah. I love my family, my friends, my friends' families, and my family's friends. I dabble in minecraft. Yep. I said it. I have no regrets. I love food. I love cooking, but I especially love eating. (My family is full of amazing cooks.) I'm a proud fat kid. There's more to me than meets the eye.... Physically, Spiritually AND.... Well... We'll see about Mentally. I'm a family man..... I'm not married; don't have kids, but I'm super duper close to my older sisters, my parents, and especially my older brother. We're practically twins that were born 8 years apart. We have the same interests, and we get along like pears and bleu cheese. Groovy, right?

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a family that expected me to go to church every Sunday. I would reluctantly go, because that's where my friends were, and I knew that I'd be grounded if I didn't go. It wasn't until I was a Junior in High School when I gained a personal reassurance of the truthfulness of this church. I was enrolled in Seminary, or as my friends called it, Church Class. My teacher in this class knew that I really didn't want to be there, but I could tell that he still cared about me. He challenged "The class" to read the entire Book of Mormon in the month of December while maintaining direct eye contact with me. I thought, "hey, what the heck. It can't hurt." I started the book, and I could not stop. I read through stories of righteous warriors and ancient prophets that all testified of Christ, and knew deep down that what I was reading was nothing but truth. A long time before, I read James 1:5. It says, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him". When I got to the end of the Book of Mormon, I knelt down next to my bed. I followed that heeding, and asked God if the Book of Mormon was true. Immediately, I felt like my chest was on fire. I know that feeling to be the Holy Spirit. The Book of Mormon is not "the Mormon Bible", but another book of scripture that God has given us to read along with the Bible. God loves all of us, and because he does, he sent his Son to die for our sins. I am proud to be part of the church that Christ, himself started.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by doing my utmost to be a Saint: Someone who tries their very best to be like the Savior in word and in deed. I am a missionary for the church right now, and it's the hardest thing I've ever done, but it has increased my knowledge of Christ's gospel. What I want is to be able to live up to the standards that I am learning by reading the Lord's Holy Scriptures.