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Hi I'm Colby Nelson

I've grown up in Montana. I love spending time outdoors--hiking, fishing, biking, etc. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have just finished high school. As I have grown up, I have always been blessed with the ability to kind of mesh with whatever crowd I am in. Whether it was with at home, on the football field or in a chapel, I was generally comfortable and felt like I fit in. I considered myself friends with many people, but not close friends with almost anyone. Even though I did very well in school and in high school life in general, I have always kind of moved with the flow of my environment. Even though I was comfortable and happy with life, I was not living with much of a purpose. I had no long-term perspective. Instead, I went through the motions, doing mostly the right things, but without really thinking about it. I grew up in the Church, and I have always known that it is a support that I can lean on when I need to. I never really had a big fall or tipping point in my life. I had many good mentors, some school teachers, some church leaders, and some friends. Maybe the best way to say it is that for much of my life I have amassed information--perspectives, values, ideas, and the like. I didn't even have to actively seek out all the information. It seems like it all just fell into place, and then at some point, I realized I needed to pick a course and pursue it. I try to live with a purpose. I have come to understand that the greatest joys we can find are in becoming better and helping others to do the same. I try to build relationships and enjoy life.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of the constant support I receive as I participate in the Church. I have gained a testimony of many truths in the Gospel, and I cannot imagine my life without the Church in it. I know this is Christ's church on the Earth, and that he leads and guides it through a living prophet. The Church is a source of course-correction for me. As I pray, read the scriptures, and attend meetings, I am constantly strengthened, and I receive greater understanding and more motivation as I become closer to God.

How I live my faith

I have been involved with community and church organizations, but I find the most joy in serving and connecting with individuals. The organizations I have been a part of are the modes by which I have been able to connect with others. During my senior year, I volunteered one or two times each week at a local organization that provides after-school childcare and tutoring for families in need. I enjoyed tutoring and caring for kids in a class of first graders. I have been extremely blessed to have had the Church and my family as supports and aids to me as I've grown up, and I've become more aware of how lucky I am as I've realized how few others have the same supports. I volunteered at the childcare center as a way of trying to help the kids there have some of the love and support I grew up with. In the Church, I have been a leader in my youth group twice, I am currently a Sunday teacher to 3-year-olds, and I will soon be serving as a missionary for the Church. In each of these positions, I think the most important part has been or will be my role in bringing others to the joy of the Church. I have enjoyed getting to know the other young men in my youth group and the little children I have taught, and I am sure I will enjoy the people I will serve on my mission. My faith is based on the happiness I have had as I keep covenants and try to be better, and I want to live my life in a way that I can share that happiness and faith with others.