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Hi I'm Cole Richins

I grew up in Utah. I have been blessed with awesome family and friends. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi, my name is Cole, and I grew up in an LDS family. Believe it or not, I like school. I'm kind of a nerd when it comes to that kind of stuff. I like football and basketball and played these in high school. I graduated from high school and have attended one year of college. I have had my challenges early on in life living my faith despite being raised in an LDS family. But I have found great faith and strength in repentance through the atonement of Jesus Christ. He has been my strength and my stay as I have worked through weaknesses and sin, and I am thankful everyday for it.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church and baptized when I was 8 years old. I am thankful for this fact. I love this church. It is great! The gospel is so powerful in changing and transforming people into who God would have them be. I love the fact that the atonement gives us the opportunity to change our lives and repent. I know that when I repent and live like God and Jesus Christ want me to, I am much happier than if I don't. I continue on in the church because of the light, hope, and love that is ever-present in it. There is a certain peace that can only be obtained by keeping the commandments and living gospel standards. I know that living the gospel of Jesus Christ can be hard sometimes. It's meant to be that way. Anything that is worth doing is hard. Jesus Christ truly wants us to come unto Him and be cleansed and changed so that we can dwell with Him and our Eternal Father in Heaven. I know that He loves me and wants the very best for me. I know that this church is the true church restored to the earth today. I know that Joseph Smith was a true prophet who was called of God. He restored the church and translated the Book of Mormon. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and that it goes hand-in-hand with the Bible. I have a deep testimony of the atonement. I love it more than anything. Jesus Christ suffered for our sins and shortcomings, and He continually beckons us to come to Him and partake of eternal life. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

How I live my faith

I attend my ward every week and participate in hometeaching of the ward's members. I am a part of a group of men who try to learn more about the gospel in church. It's called an elders quorum. It's great! There is a lot of strength that can be found in sharing your faith with others, especially when they all love you!

What is the priesthood?

Cole Richins
The priesthood is God's authority here on the earth. Worthy men can access the power of the priesthood by living righteously and doing what the Lord would have them do. It can be used to lead members, perform necessary ordinances in the church, and to bless people who are in need. This power that God has given us needs to be used with kindness, love, and faith. Since it is God's power, it needs to be used how God uses it. Show more Show less