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Hi I'm Carston

I love music, running, exploring new cultures, and I'm a Mormon

About Me

I grew up as a member of the church in Utah, to a family of six children (5 boys and 1 girl). Competition in the family spurred on the development of many of my hobbies. From a young age, I gained a love for music, and was singing hymns soon after I began talking. I went on to learn several musical instruments, and sing in a variety of music groups. After an injury prone childhood, I took up a sport that, to me, seemed a little safer, running. I continue to find joy in running, as it helps me to clear my mind, as well as strive to stay healthy and build mental toughness. I currently run for my university cross country team. In addition to running, I also love hiking, swimming, and all other outdoor activities. There is something irreplaceable about the time spent out in nature. I am also fascinated in learning other cultures. I began learning Chinese at 12, and studied throughout high school. After graduating, I served a mission for the church in Hong Kong, where I learned Cantonese. My love for Chinese culture grew. Upon finishing my mission, I decided to study in Hawaii, at a university with a more international student body. I have enjoyed getting to know people from all over the world, and have learned so much from the experiences I have shared with them.

Why I am a Mormon

I believe that this is God's restored Church upon the earth. I know that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is real, and as I abide by its teachings, my life is full of meaning and joy. I have personally felt the love of God and Jesus Christ and desire to share that love with all I come in contact with.

How I live my faith

I believe it is important to "Lift where you stand", helping to build the church and share the Gospel in whatever circumstance you are called upon to do so. I have found that regardless of my callings as a member, from pianist to teacher, there is much work to be done, and a need for the support of everyone.