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Hi I'm William Sant

I'm a student at Brigham Young University. I love sports, music, reading books, learning languages, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in South Carolina, but grew up in Idaho. I've always enjoyed playing sports, particularly lacrosse, basketball, volleyball, tennis, and skiing. I have grown to appreciate the teamwork aspect of sports. Having a knowledge of sports has strengthened so many friendships and has allowed me to reach out and make friends with those I typically would not have known otherwise. Sports teaches me a lot about trust, because you have to learn to rely on others, as well as your own skill, to achieve the goals you have. I love to play the piano, and have played nearly my entire life. It helps me relieve stress and provides me a place to get away when things go wrong. I currently work as a marketer, though I am not sure what career path I will take. I am a student at Brigham Young University, and I could not be happier. The combination of secular and spiritual learning is exactly what I need to both make myself useful to my family and society as well as contribute to serving others and religious practice. I juggle occasionally in my free time and love to do daring things like rope swings and cliff jumping. One of my dreams is to "backpack" the US in search of the best roller coasters. Overall, I just like to have a good time. I like talking with people and making new friends. I recently returned from church service in Portugal where I learned to speak portuguese. I love the people of Portugal, and think it is one of the most beauitful countires in the world.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in the church and naturally went to church because my parents took me along. I never truly doubted the teachings of the church, but I never truly believed it as a child either. It is a phase of believing whatever my parents told me; not because I knew it for myself, but because my parents told me it was true. Along the way, I began to develop my own questions. I began my own spiritual investigation in both the scriptures and online. I prayed many times to know if what I'd been taught my whole life was true. I believed in the guidelines of the church, because they made sense but I wasn't sure about a lot of the doctrinal principles of the church. I read the Book of Mormon, and prayed about it. I can't say I received an audible whisper from the Holy Ghost, and I never received a "burning in the bosom" as many have. In fact, I can't remember a time while investigating when I had a feeling and immediately noticed "thats the Holy Ghost." I just felt/knew it was true. When I prayed to know if it was true, I instantly thought of how impossible it would be to make the Book of Mormon up. There were too many beautiful connections and doctrines to be false. I had reason, and clarity and I think that is how the Holy Ghost speaks to me. If the Book of Mormon is true and Joseph Smith really did translate it, then the church must be inspired from a prophet who receives revelation for God's church on the Earth. I continue to follow the gospel because I know that it will make me happy in this life. But not only that, it will give me happiness in the life to come. I have always known the guidelines of the church were for our benefit. I know this church is true. I love hearing the words of the prophets. The Book of Mormon is the most true book ever written. So much sacrifice was dedicated to the bringing about of this book in our time, and we should take advantage of the wonderful opportunity we have to learn from the experiences of others shown in the Book of Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by the way I treat others. I think living my faith has much more to do with the small daily acts of living than by huge acts of service or giving. I look for ways I can reach out to those who may not have too many friends, and do my best uplift, encourage, and love every person I come in contact with. I recognize that I may not be perfect in my ability to live my faith, but that does not mean that it doesn't work! I live my faith everyday through daily prayer, scripture study, and constantly striving to emulate Christ's actions. I live my faith by attending church each week, but I believe a majority of spiritual conversion occurs outside of church. It occurs in the moments when you are on the bus and decide to read the scriptures instead, or pick up a book to expand your horizons rather than scroll through Instagram. For two years, I worked as a volunteer for the church in Portugal with a charge to share the gospel with everyone I met. Though I was intimidated, didn't know the language, and had to learn a whole new culture, I believe I made a difference in the lives of a few people. I do not desire to change the whole world, nor did I. I believe that "the world" is made up of many people. If you can change the world of just one person, you will have changed the world. I believe that my time in Portugal was much like that. Looking for ways to facilitate the gospel entering people's lives and helping them through their trials, despite the outcome. I learned truly how to love for the first time in my life. Never have a sacrificed so much for people I had never met. I loved them because I served them, and that is a lesson I will never forget. Currently, I do my best to maintain my missionary efforts through social media and reaching out to friends as best I can. I try to encourage others to be their best selves. I try my best to mirror to the world the love that Christ has shown to me.