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Hi I'm Ethan

Born in Idaho, grew up in Utah. Enjoy working with computers and programming. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As of writing this in January 2016 I am preparing to serve a mission in the California Redlands, and I report to the MTC February 3rd. Preparing for a mission is indeed a lot of work, and thinking about the unknown in the upcoming mission can at times be scary, but promises like that of leaving behind the worries of the world offer reassurance. From the time I learned to walk I've had a fascination with computers and technology. I remember sitting on my father's lap watching him play old games. I've also enjoyed inventing games since a childhood friend once inspired me with some of his own ideas including card and board games made from paper. So during my younger years I made several games of impressive variety from things like dried beans, paper, and dice. Eventually I discovered the world of software development and began using computers to make digital games instead of paper games. Because of my love for making games, and also the interest I've previously exercised in making YouTube videos, I've discovered that what I really love doing is providing entertainment for others. I've munched on a few college classes to get me started in a career doing that through learning software development. From after second grade until I started college, I was home-schooled. I graduated high school early and started college a year or two later after acquiring respectable SAT scores.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family. I'm fortunate to have been taught the gospel since I could listen. The organization has provided many wonderful experiences growing up, like several camp-outs with friends in the ward, service projects, and participating in the Boy Scouts of America program. God has provided me with wonderful friends who have set good examples and pushed me in the right direction. I've come to find that I feel the most joy when I'm surrounded by other good people, a discovery that is in harmony with the principle of eternal family. An eternal family is one that is not separated after death. The comfort of knowing that I will be able to spend eternity with my family has been a blessing, and one reason why I enjoy being a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I am faithful in living gospel teachings, which promote good behavior and standards that lead to a higher way of living. The most obvious ways I live faithfully include helping administer the sacrament, and teaching children in church. The final two hours of church I have the privilege of working in the primary, where we teach kids the basics of the gospel. So far I've only taught one lesson, but I've found that play dough is a magically effective way to capture the attention of a five-year-old. However, teaching children things like the importance of respect for other people's property to the fact that they are children of God and seeing them understand brings joy that no amount of play dough can buy. As I've written previously, I am also preparing to serve a full-time mission. This includes being diligent in strengthening my testimony by continuing to pray frequently, studying the scriptures and other doctrine every day, and more. After a mission I hope to contribute to God's kingdom by raising a righteous family.