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Hi I'm Carson

I'm a Psychology and Studio Art major. I love to golf, paint, and write poetry. I dream of visiting far-flung lands. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently finishing up my Bachelor's degree in college, loving the Institute program, and preparing to serve a 18 month mission for my church....with that said, I know I would not be where I am today without the love and support of my family! They are my everything! I enjoy teasing and fooling around outside with my siblings, playing music with my mom, baking with my Gram, and relaxing discussions with my Grandaddy. As I go through daily life, interacting with folks, people are often shocked when they learn I am deaf (they rarely realize it because I do not rely on sign language to communicate). While having this disability is a struggle at times, I am so blessed to be able to hear with the use of two Cochlear Implants! In regard to my disability and any other curve ball life throws at me, I choose to look on the positive side and as Albus Dumbledore said, "It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities." Considering I just quoted Dumbledore, I will go ahead and admit it. I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan! I have read the HP book series 7 times! Yep, I'm that crazy! I also love the 'Chronicles of Narnia', 'Lord of the Rings', and 'Inheritance Cycle'. Along with reading great fiction, I am passionate about capturing the essence of beauty in art and poetry. My work is based chiefly on nature. I wish to remind folks what a blessing it is to be alive on this earth God created for us and there is joy to be found even in the smallest creature and flower.

Why I am a Mormon

I was blessed to grow up in the LDS church. As a small child I eagerly anticipated the day I would turn 8 years old and thus be baptized. One might wonder why an 8 year old kid would be excited. I will tell you why. I was excited to follow Christ's example! Even as young as I was then, I recognized the love Jesus Christ had for me, the blessings the Gospel brought to my life, the peace and happiness I felt as I prayed and read my scriptures. As I grew older and entered my teens I learned to rely more fully on my Savior. As I have reached out to Him time and time again, I have learned His hand is always there, waiting. Now as a young adult, navigating the difficult and sometimes overwhelming demands of college, living independently, and just life in general, I have found much comfort in the knowledge my Savior is always here beside me. His love for me is eternal and through Him I know of my Heavenly Father's love for me. Their love will never diminish despite my imperfections. I am a Mormon because it is through this Gospel and Church that I know who I am, I am a child of God. God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ, are my anchor and it is in their arms and love, I can safely reside.

How I live my faith

I do my best to live my faith every day (I am, however, far from perfect). I am a firm believer in the expression that goes something like this, "Actions speak louder than words." Everyday I devote at least 10 minutes of my day to studying and pondering the scriptures. I set aside Sundays for worship and attending church meetings because as the Lord said in Exodus chapter 20, "remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God". I have always been active in my church, holding various callings whenever I have been asked. I also love to help the full-time missionaries in my church congregation. On a fairly weekly basis, I help them teach lessons, drive them to appointments, and take part in community activities with them. All of this "action" I do is not out of rote habit nor am I checking them off on a long list of things-to-do. For me, it is all about service and sharing Christ's love to everyone I meet. As I serve, I become a better person and character. As I become better I am more able to help lift others up and help them improve. The key is "become". As we act and serve selflessly, we "become" disciples of Christ. As we progress towards better discipleship we "become" happier, stronger, and more loving individuals! This is how, and why, I live my faith.