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Hi I'm Ethan

I'm known as Norm, Ethan, and Beef Cow. I'm a runner and a hiker. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I ran track and cross country for 6 years in junior high and high school, and still enjoy it today. I love the mountains surrounding my home, and often run or hike through them with my family or my dog. I've been to most of the peaks in the range of mountains that I live by. I love to water ski and boat with my family as well. I also enjoy playing the piano and I find a deep connection to others in listening to and playing music. I'm serving a mission in the Taiwan, Taichung Mission, and upon my return I will finish my college experience. I'm up for anything that sounds like adventure, especially if it involves being in nature with my friends and family.

Why I am a Mormon

Both of my parents were raised in Latter-day Saint homes, and I have been as well. While I lived the principles taught me since I have been really young, I did not receive my own witness until early years before my life as a teenager. Through reading the Book of Mormon and praying about it, I have come to gain a testimony of my own, unique but similar to my parent's own witness of its truth. Along with this conviction, I also have a very strong belief and testimony in the prophet Joseph Smith and the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I have prayed many times about this event, and receive a witness of its truth every time I have read or heard the story. I also have a strong testimony of the Atoning Sacrifice of our Savior, Jesus Christ. I have experienced the blessings and healing power that we all have access to because of His sacrifice. I know that we all can be healed through faith on Christ. I also know that there is a living prophet on the earth today, and his name is Thomas S. Monson. I feel the Spirit whenever he speaks. I also know that the organization of the church is the way Christ would have it be, and that the men that fill the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve are all men called of God.

How I live my faith

I have served in a few callings in my ward. I have been a home teacher for many years, and I have been able to serve in a many leadership callings as I have grown older and older in our congregation. Serving in these positions has given me the opportunity to help organize and plan activities for the young men and young women in our ward. These responsibilities have given me amazing opportunities to serve my peers and the members of my ward. This service has helped me come closer to Christ and love the people that I have served. I will soon serve a mission in Taiwan, and I cannot wait to serve them and strive to help all that I meet to better come to know their Savior Jesus Christ. I strive to worship in the temple twice a week, which has strengthened my testimony of the sacred covenants that are made within its walls. I also worship my Heavenly Father while being immersed in nature, admiring the beauty of His creation while I get away from the hustle and bustle of life and into the peaceful forests and mountains outside of regular life. Scripture study is also a big part of my faith, and I read the scriptures every day to learn more and feel the Spirit that is held within them.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Ethan
A Mormon church service is 3 hours long in total, though the main meeting is sacrament meeting, which usually lasts around 70 minutes. In sacrament meeting, religious songs are sung by the congregation, prayers are offered by members of the congregation, and the members partake of the sacrament. Water and bread are blessed and passed to the attendees. Members of the ward or branch will then speak, usually there are two or three. After sacrament meeting, all people are invited to attend the following two meetings, which are Sunday School classes and meetings for older and younger men and women following those classes. Nursery is available for young children from 18 months to three years old, and specific classes for older age groups. Show more Show less