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Hi I'm Preston

I was born in Utah but went to high school in Canada after moving. I am going on a mission to Antofagasta, Chile. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Brigham City, Utah, but have moved around since then, to various places in the United States, and to Canada. I am the oldest of four children, with one younger sister, and two more younger brothers. I have completed my first semester of college, and will resume my education after I have completed my full-time mission in the Chile, Antofagasta area. I am planning on majoring in economics, and going on to law school after that. Besides learning, I enjoy reading, art, music, spending time with my family, and fun activities with friends. I am so excited to serve in Chile, and complete the work of the Lord that I have been called to fulfill.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the LDS church, and for a long time, I felt satisfied with believing what my parents told me, without really pondering the truth for myself. I was about fifteen when I really felt I needed to find my own testimony, and really strive for a higher standard, and a better version of myself. Through this process, I learned several things that became the basis of my testimony, first and foremost the power of the Atonement. I had always believed that Christ had died on the cross for the sins of the world, but I began to realize that I did not fully believe Him. I didn't believe that He would lift me up, and at one point, I felt very alone. It was at this point I was the most humbled, and I was able to communicate with my Heavenly Father in the most powerful way. In my moment of greatest need, he blessed me profoundly, and I know it could be nothing else. I know that the Atonement does not just cleanse us from sin, but also enables us to accomplish God's work. Without Him, we could do nothing. I know that sometimes it is necessary for God to put us in difficult and trying positions to prepare us for our greatest and most enlightening blessings. I am a Mormon because I know this church is God's work, and His true gospel. He pours blessings upon His saints to enlighten our minds an enrich our souls. All that we are asked to do is have faith, be obedient, and ask of God.

How I live my faith

For me, living my faith is exactly what helps it to grow. An example was when I was a home-teacher with my dad, back in our ward in Canada. There was an older European sister who had been baptized just a few years earlier, and was sometimes a bit difficult to understand. Despite a bit of a language barrier, and her inexperience as a recent convert, she was one of the most spiritual, humble, and kind people I have ever met. Every time we visited her, there was a big smile on her face, and she was always happy to see me, and boasting to whomever would listen that I was her youngest teacher ever. In reality though, I feel that she taught me more than I ever taught her. Her kindness and charity radiated through her warm smile, and she was always more than willing to provide her skills to the church and its members when needed, or just wanted. By living my faith, and teaching this sister what I believed, my faith increased so much, because I could see how happy it made her, and I could physically see the positive effect the gospel had through me.