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Hi I'm Parker

Full-time missionary in the Dominican Republic. Professional Respirator. 2006 TIME Magazine Person of the Year. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I just graduated High School, and have been accepted to a few universities, but I have been called on a mission to the Domincan Republic, Santo Domingo West mission, leaving August 26th. I took 5 years of Spanish in High School, which will be nice for my mission, and I played the trumpet in my school's Jazz, Symphonic, and marching bands. My last 2 years there, I was the section leader for the trumpets, where we were invited to go to Dallas, Texas, to perform at the Jazz Education Network, among the greats. I like hanging out with my friends, and a lot of them left, recently for their own missions. I have friends going everywhere from Seattle, Washington and Minnesota, to Trinidad, Port of Spain, and Kobe, Japan. I plan on studying either business with an emphasis on Marketing in college, or Constitutional Law. Luckily, though, it's still pretty early, and I have a while to decide.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon, because I want to be. I was born into this gospel, because both of my parents were members, but over time, I have learned that this gospel, especially, is a personal one, and I shouldn't base my faith on my parents. That being said, they have taught me, and raised me in righteousness, and it is because of them that I am able to choose for myself, on a daily basis, that I will follow Jesus Christ. Although I don't know everything, especially when it comes to God, I have found, on a consistent basis that this gospel and this church and the teachings in it have given me more light, life, and joy in my life, and it is because of those things that I am able and willing to continue in my church. The simple truth is that we can't know everything, and nobody is perfect. Yet like I said, this gospel has brought more peace and joy to my life, in a world with more and more chaos and confusion everyday. I know Jesus Christ is my savior, and that he died for me, but more importantly, that he lived and lives for me today. I also know that Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God. Sure, he wasn't perfect, but who is? I have a firm testimony that he translated the Book of Mormon, and because of that testimony, everything else in this church falls into place, and I can continue to serve Him under his living prophets and apostles today. I haven't been perfect, but all he asks is that we try. So that's what I'm doing.

How I live my faith

I am called to be in charge of the Family History for my ward, and because of that, I talk to those who might not be very great at using technology, and give ideas to those that are. I also visit, on a monthly basis, two families, to help them, serve them, teach them, and to do whatever I can to keep them along with the gospel. I am often called on to teach in church meetings, and, being still pretty young, I sometimes go to events like lunches, dinners, and meetings for the Young Single Adults in our stake. My mom teaches really, really little kids, and sometimes she needs help in her class, so sometimes I stop in on Sundays to help her teach her class.