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Hi I'm Rhett

I'm a son, a brother, a friend, a missionary, a longboarder, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My whole life I have lived in the great state of Utah, the center of Mormon culture. For most of that, I have lived in what has been affectionately called "The bubble", where it seems most everyone you meet is of the LDS faith. I have five people in my family, and I am the oldest with a younger sister and brother. I am preparing to leave on an LDS mission to Texas, serving the Spanish speaking people who live there. I enjoy being in the outdoors, whether it be camping, hiking, boating, shooting, or off-roading. My favorite hobby of all is longboarding, which I have been doing for the past few years.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family that was already LDS and went to church every Sunday. But even though I grew up in the gospel I did not have my own testimony, my own faith, or my own reason to go to church until I entered my teenage years. Going through junior high and high school was very rough as well as being a huge blessing in my life. I struggled with friends because I moved during eighth grade, and entering high school all of the friends I had made went to a different school. I basically had to start over twice, and school only continued to get harder for me. It wasn't until halfway through my sophomore year that I was able to gain a strong and true testimony of the gospel and gain the knowledge that I could get through the rough patches. I was having a horrible day, in a string of horrible days where nothing seemed to be going my way and it didn't look like it would let up. I was sitting in seminary when one of my classmates stood up to share a thought. To be honest he was the last person I thought could share something that could help me. He shared Philippians 4:13, which states "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." That short and simple statement was the most powerful statement I had heard at that time, and it still is. I felt so peaceful and so comforted by the Holy Ghost and by the knowledge that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ were looking out for me. It still took me a lot of prayer and some waiting to get out of my rough patch, and I have since experienced my ups and downs, but through it all I know I can get through it with the gospel. That is why I am a Mormon, that is why I wake up early to go to church every Sunday. The gospel gives me the peace and comfort that nothing else in the world can give me, and no one can take it away from me. It is this knowledge that I have found for myself that makes me want to be better and better in my life. I know this gospel is true with all of my heart, I do not doubt it, and I can never deny it.

How I live my faith

My whole life I have been going to church with my family, participated in weekly youth activities, helped with various service projects for my neighbors and surrounding areas, and served in leadership positions in my ward and stake since I turned twelve years old. I was the first assistant to my bishop over young men aged sixteen to eighteen and helped plan our weekly activities, made sure everyone felt included, and even reached out to those who were struggling in my ward. I also had the opportunity to be a family history consultant, so I have been able to learn more about my own family history as well as helping others find their family members. I have literally been a part of the promise made in Malachi 4:6 that the hearts of the children will be turned to their fathers and the fathers to their children. Besides church callings, I also strive to do the very best I can at following the counsel of modern and ancient prophets and choosing the right in my every day dealings in this world.