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Hi I'm Kollin

I grew up in Utah. I'm the youngest in my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in the same city in Utah to a Mormon family. I am the youngest of two children. I spent a lot of time with my friends during my elementary to high school years. I love playing video games with those friends. During high school, I was on the Swimming Team and Water Polo Team and loved both. My main events in Swimming were Butterfly and the Individual Medley. I also was able to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America program. I am preparing to serve a mission in New York. I plan on attending college after I return. I would love to travel to different countries and learn about the cultures.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Church. As such, I learned many of the Gospel doctrines when I was young. However, that does not mean I was converted to the faith. I used to live off of others testimonies. I lived the commandments to please others. Over time I have learned about the power of the Gospel, though. Soon, I learned that following the commandments pleases our Heavenly Father and our older brother, Jesus Christ. When I transgressed, guilt riddled my body and I would call for repentance. By following the commandments, peace filled my soul and made each day a blessing. I know I am the best person I can be when I follow the example left for us by Jesus Christ. Heavenly Father prepared us a way home to him and wants us to achieve our potential down on this earth.

How I live my faith

As was said in the October 2014 General Conference, "walking where Jesus walked is not as important as walking as Jesus walked." Faith, our belief in and willingness to follow God, should lead us to walk as He did. I have a long ways to go before I achieve this, but I know that living the commandments makes me happy and affects others. I especially love the commandment to "love thy neighbor as thyself." Everyday goes much smoother when I love all who are around me, like Jesus did. An example of this comes from my high school Swimming Team. I strove to be nice and helpful to all on the team. There was a boy in the grade below me that joined the team. He had never been on a Swimming Team before, so it was new to him. Also, he had a stuttering problem that affected his breathing. I felt that I should help him in that moment; hence, I took the time to teach him how to read the heat sheets and about the strokes. Each year he got better and better, showing me the power of determination. We became very good friends and at the end of my senior year he revealed that I was like a older brother to him. I, the youngest in my family, who had never had the experience in being an older brother had affected him in such a way. This had come to pass by the way I lived my life following the commandments of God. It made me realize how influential each person can be, and how we as humans hardly realize this. This experience taught me to be strong and to live my life in a way God would be proud. To be an example for those around me, just like Jesus was.