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Hi I'm Hugh

I'm the oldest of six kids. I'm serving a mission for my Savior. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have a big family, four brothers and a sister. I'm the oldest of the brood, and yes it is crazy. I have to admit, sometimes the thought of being with my family for eternity was a terrifying concept haha. I found though that as my faith grew, my desire to spend time with and develop relationships with my family increased exponentially. It's kind of neat! I think I was your average kid in middle and high school. I had a group of friends, and we would have great times together. I've been a member my whole life, and one thing I've never had is a member friend at school, or at least, not more than one. One of my biggest hobbies is playing the guitar. I developed a love for the guitar after my love of music which resulted in a pretty cool band experience my senior year in high school. We got together and wrote a few songs and released them before we all went our separate ways. I started my mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on the 15th of July 2015 and I have absolutely loved the time I've spent so far in total devotion to my Savior.

Why I am a Mormon

I've believed this for a long time. When I was younger (around 9 or 10) I remember this incredible experience that I had that led me to believe that God knew who I was, that He knew me personally, and that He loved me. It's been a foundation that I've always had, whether I wanted it or not. I made decisions in my life that were pulling me far away from both the Church and God Himself. I began to wish that I didn't know what I knew, and that I could take it all back and find it way later in life when I was ready to keep God's commandments. I never found joy in the gospel. I know now that that was because I didn't understand it. The reasons why I was on those paths, and why I didn't understand the gospel was because I was never doing Spiritual things. I never read the scriptures on my own, and I rarely prayed on my own. For some reason, while I wasn't doing anything spiritual, I thought that I was qualified to make a spiritual decision. When I didn't take the time to read the Book of Mormon, or to ask God if it was true, for some reason I decided that I could just rationalize it out of existence and live life. I know now that God did not restore the Gospel of His Son Jesus Christ to inconvenience us, but to enable us. He wants to help us become something great. I love the scriptures. Reading the Book of Mormon changed my life in so many ways. I know that it is the word of God. Knowing that the Book of Mormon is true is the foundation of my testimony of the Restoration of all things. I've had experiences with my Savior that are the foundation of my testimony of Him. If we reach out to Him He will lift us up and strengthen us to overcome anything. He will cleanse us of our sins and free us from guilt and shame. My testimony of those things are why I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by example. As somebody who grew up as the oldest of six children, that's the best way I know how to live it. I've learned that living by example is more than just doing good things because you know you should. It's doing them because you want to do good and become better. Suddenly you start to become a better person, even when you're all alone, and you start to feel this amazing sense of well being. I believe, that if we faithfully live our faith, we will find joy in every other aspect of our lives. I also live my faith by helping out with my local scout troop and devoting a lot of my time with the youth in my local congregation. I participated a lot in seminary, a four year program that works in conjunction with high school, and have spoken at a few graduations and firesides. If just one person is touched, than I feel like I'm living my faith.