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Hi I'm Collin

I like music, I like movies, I'm serving a mission in Long Beach, California. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I say I'm from Utah, but I haven't lived there all of my life. Through the later part of elementary school, I lived near Ann Arbor Michigan, and before that my family lived in Connecticut. We moved back to Utah in 2008, so I've spent most of my growing childhood there. As a child in Michigan I tried many different things, as any child does, to discover what I like and what I'm good at. I found out very quickly I wasn't any good at any sports, but I thoroughly enjoyed theatre, music, and showmanship. When I moved to Utah, I participated in theatre all throughout Jr. High, trying out for the school musical and community theaters in which I was blessed with some lead and some minor parts. I absolutely loved the feeling of being on stage. It wasn't until High school that I learned to appreciate theatre, music, movies, and other forms of "entertainment" for the art that they were. I learned that a show or a film or a piece of music could move people to be better, could teach a lesson, or inspire people to do great. My senior year of High school I had the chance to direct a play, and I took the challenge. I decided to turn a play written for radio into a full stage production. With a zero-dollar budget and a tiny black box theatre, we put on a spectacular show that I was very proud of. The show inspired me to create something, and work hard to achieve it. I'm a young adult, and I plan to attend college, work hard, and pursue my dreams to inspire other people for generations.

Why I am a Mormon

I live in Utah in a predominately Mormon area, so our community and culture is influenced by religious activities, events, and doctrine. That doesn't mean it's any easier to live by the doctrine. In other cultures, being a member of the Church (if you've been one for a while) means you are used to being different; not drinking alcohol, not having physical relationships before you're married, etc., set you aside from the rest of the world and other peoples' way of life. In an area where the majority of the people believe in a high standard of living, we sometimes feel pressured and judged by others when we do wrong. It can be difficult to know whether your actions and beliefs are based on your own experiences and feelings, or simply borrowed and taken from those around you. Most youth here, around the age of fourteen, begin to have these feelings of doubt and yearning for a self-gained truth; I wasn't an exception to this. At around sixteen, I went through phases of doubt and ill feeling. Through some very personal experiences, I learned the power of Christ's Atonement, His grace and love for me personally. Through prayer, scripture study, and the Holy Ghost, Heavenly Father bore truth to me that this was His church, restored in the Latter Days. Whenever I may have a doubt or question of the Church, I turn to the scriptures, Prophets, and prayer for the answer.

How I live my faith

Although I'm fairly young, I've already participated in church activities in many ways. I've been a youth leader when I was 12, and again when I was 16, being in charge of activities and programs for boys my age. My Dad and I, as part of church callings, visit other members of the ward to see if their family needs any service or help, and to give gospel lessons. I've done many youth activities involving service, such as delivering food for local food drives, putting on holiday parties for those with special needs, and helping do yard work for people in our neighborhood. I also attend the regular church meetings on Sunday; most other activities are held throughout the week. Participating in many local church events is a wonderful way to meet new people, gain friends, talk with others, and provide love and care for others. You really get to know people of your same faith, or those learning about it, and it builds a wonderful sense of community and friendship throughout the church. Currently I am serving a two-year mission in Long Beach, California. I love meeting such a variety of people, and sharing the restored gospel of Jesus Christ with everyone I meet!

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Missionaries have a unique message to the world; that the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Authority to act in the name of God have been restored to the earth through a modern-day prophet. Whether you are a "believer" in Christ or not, this is a special message that you cannot find in any other church. We wish everyone to hear it, and to ask God in the name of Jesus Christ if it is true. Show more Show less