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Hi I'm Hunter Schow

I've spent most of my life in Camas, Washington. I love to run, to laugh, and to make others happy. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I started running in the sixth grade, and it became my passion. I ran competitively through middle and high school in cross country and track. It's been a defining part of my life, and it's taught me about dedication, hard work, self-mastery, and patience. It helped me realize that I can do hard things, and helped me branch out to do even more exciting and challenging things in my life! Every summer, I spend time with my family at a lake in Montana, where we water ski, wake board, wake surf, jet ski, kayak, and overall have a great time together! I feel blessed that my family has the opportunity to travel and have fun together. I love to spend time outdoors, and enjoy exploring and travelling to new places. I love to climb, to hike mountains, snowboard, go on road trips, and anything else that gets me out and on my feet, going to find new places I haven't seen yet! Music is an integral part of my life, and has been from a young age. I enjoy playing the piano, and listening to all kinds of music. I absolutely love going to concerts! Ultimately, I love to spend time with others and make them happy. I like to joke, laugh, and make others laugh too. I can be pretty shy in sometimes, but I love getting to know people. I will be serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Mexico!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family that follows our gospel, and have had those teachings in my home my entire life. I feel lucky and blessed to have had parents that taught me the gospel at an early age, as it's benefited me greatly to have started making good choices early on. However, I had to find a testimony myself, as no one can truly depend on another's testimony forever. I can say that I have always known to some degree that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is a good and true church, but it took me a while to really develop my own testimony. I can say that I've always strived to make good decisions, to stay out of trouble, and to keep myself clean. The teachings of the gospel have been an integral part of my life in this way, and taking a step back, I know that my life is heading in a very great direction. The blessings of keeping a clean life, and focusing on the importance of the future are so great. I'm a Mormon because I know that the Church will only lead us towards happiness. Not a single principle that is taught in the Church negatively impacts us, but saves us from so many of the ultimately avoidable pains and struggles that we encounter every single day. Sometimes, the easiest way doesn't involve making the right decisions. I know that making an effort to make those good decisions, however, will save us from those terrible pains, and we will be blessed in the end for our efforts. I am a Mormon because I know that we can become closer to Jesus Christ by following his commandments. He is our Savior, and he loves us more than we can understand. Sometimes He feels so far away, but I know that even in my darkest hours, he is watching and protecting me. I love my Savior, and I want everyone to know that there is always someone that loves you, always someone who will advocate for you, no matter who you are or where you've come from.

How I live my faith

In my ward, we have recently refocused our efforts on serving those with special needs. One of those people specifically is a man who is deaf, and to aid him we began using a computer program to translate speakers in our meetings to sign language so he could better understand! I have been blessed with the skill of typing, so I was able to help teach many of the other guys in my church how to effectively communicate to him. The signing program isn't perfect, and American Sign Language doesn't translate perfectly to English. I had to learn myself that sometimes simple is better, and I was able to share this message once I became handy with the program. It's been a real blessing to serve him, and I know he's benefited spiritually through this service. One of the greatest experiences I've had to serve others was travelling with a group of dentists and doctors to Central America for 10 days. There, they performed medical and dental service for almost 700 boys and girls who were preparing to serve missions for the church! I was able to go and act as an assistant for my father, who is a dentist. I had a few years of Spanish speaking experience from school, and I was able to translate for him and speak with the kids there! It was a life-changing, and eye opening experience. It's something I look forward to doing again in the future.