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Hi I'm Ian

I am serving a mission in Fresno, CA. I am an Eagle scout. I am a nerdy dude. I am a highly competitive swimmer and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a competitive swimmer, a nerd, an eagle scout and I love to have fun! I grew up in a loving family with my three younger brothers. My parents opened a game store when I was ten years old, there we sell board games and card games, I gained a lot of experience just by helping out there for a number of years. Now I was never the most popular kid on the block but that was because I wouldn't do everything the other kids wanted. I was the odd one out and I often found myself choosing the church standards over my friends. As I began to learn more about myself and who I wanted to be I looked up to two super heroes hoping that one day I could be just like them. Captain America is one but even better than him is my favorite super hero, Jesus Christ, who loves each of us. So Somewhere along the way in high school I decided that I wanted to begin swimming more competitively. I swam in states all four years of my high school career even though I transferred from a private to a public school going into my third year of high school. I attended many clubs and school events as well as eleven proms after transferring back to public school. I love meeting new people and I was blessed to be surrounded by loving friends after my transfer. But now that we are each graduated and going our separate ways, I am going to be serving a two year mission in the Fresno, California where I plan to have the best two years of my life!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon not because I was born in the church but because I studied the church. Every challenge I have had no matter how impossible they seem I always know I can turn to the teachings of the church and it will help me endure. I have had doubts just like everyone else but they quickly leave as I engage myself in scripture study or watch a conference talk among the other forms of study. I am so blessed to have not only been born in the church but also to have gained a testimony of the church because of what it has done for me and those around me in my life. The biggest thing for me is the teaching that no one is perfect but through Christ all can return to our Heavenly Fathers presence. I have never had a physical older brother so knowing that Jesus Christ, my perfect brother, would give so much and love us each individually has really helped me on my journey and it has made me who I am today. I hope that by serving my mission I can bring the love of Christ to others as I have felt it in my life and as it has been such a blessing to me.

How I live my faith

I often find myself in situations that involved religious discussion and as such I try my best to spread gospel truth, not by forcing it down someones throat but by loving them enough to share with them something they may not have previously known about and something that makes me. I want to live the rest of my life this way by making sure my friends know I am an active LDS member who wants everyone to have all of the choices before them. I study every day hoping to understand more of what my heavenly father has done for me and others I know.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Ian
If God called you to do a glorious work for him I wouldn't say it is required but as all things he asks it is highly suggested and if you have a desire to serve God then you are called to the works of salvation. This doesn't mean a mission in all cases but we all have some way we can serve him in our life, a mission is just one way we serve. I serve him because I love him and I know that as you seek to serve your Heavenly Father joy will fill your heart and help you achieve great lengths in this life on his and others behalf's. Show more Show less