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Hi I'm Collin Trace Andersen

I'm a missionary, I'm a debater, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I think people are great! Chances are, if I met you, I'd think you were pretty fantastic too. Here's a few things about me in brief. I absolutely love the works of Shakespeare. I get excited about 400 year-old verse the way some people gush about their favorite TV series. Performing in a youth Shakespeare program opened a whole new world of acting and musical theater that has added spice and variety in my life. Sometimes I have some pretty strong opinions. I spent 4 years in high school debate so that you can have those opinions too. I love an academic environment, science the forefront of my intellectual interests. Basically I want to be the guy in a white lab coat, a crazy grin, and a vial of chemicals in each hand. College life is right around the corner. When the stress of life starts to get to me, I foremost to the scriptures and to my sketchbook. If you stand stock still while giving a talk at the podium for too long, there's a legitimate possibility I might start to sketch you. "Art is the lie that [tells the truth]" - Picasso

Why I am a Mormon

I love logic. I love the scientific method. However, both of these useful tools should not be considered the only ways humanity can learn of truth. You simply cannot see the Earth in it's entirety by standing on the Earth and pointing a telescope at it. To get the full picture, that telescope has to be above the Earth, in space. In the same way, some knowledge can only be comprehended through Spiritual eyes. I thirst continually for answers to life's questions, but I also know that some of the most important answers will not be found in a textbook. It is easy to explain away the finer details of religion, but it is not nearly as easy to explain how the Spirit of God brings overwhelming comfort, hope, and love for human kind. This is the spiritual instruction that no textbook on Earth can substitute for. I am Mormon not because it was in upbringing. Neither do I share this because I'm excited about an explanation that appeals to my imagination of how the universe came into existence. Both are true, but ultimately I believe the way I believe because I genuinely feel that God has spoken to my soul and shown me that this is where he wants me to be.

How I live my faith

I am currently serving a 2 year full-time mission in the Texas Houston East mission. It's an unpaid service, and I wouldn't have it any other way. Prayer, scripture study, weekly church attendance, and regular visits to the temple are some of what might be called "a sacrifice" that I consider to be essential parts of my personal identity. I'm not afraid to make it clear when I'm not comfortable with doing something I feel to be wrong. I try to live my life in a way that would leave a positive impression of the LDS church, the name of Christ, and of religion in general. Focusing on the salvation of others 24/7 is often tough, but I've never felt closer to the Lord Jesus Christ. I've personally been able to observe the difference that high standards make in a person's life as I've come in contact with many people on my mission.