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Hi I'm Gavin

I'm an inventor. I'm an athlete. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

When I was young, I lived on the beach. I loved being able to go out and explore the shoreline, searching for the day's arrival of new shells and sea life. This adventurous spirit I cultivated as a boy has resided and grown within me ever since. It has inspired me to create and build all sorts of contraptions, including water rockets, water-balloon launchers, fireworks, catapults, etc. I come from a family with tremendous athletic abilities. Ever since I can remember, I was participating in sports or sport-like activities. To say that I love playing sports would be an understatement. Sports and other athletic activities (like climbing stuff and jumping off of it) is something I think about on an hourly basis. I can't imagine what life would be like if I couldn't play sports. When I was young, I wanted to be a chef. That kid dressed up as a cook for Halloween? Yeah, that was me. I'm not sure why I had such a strong desire to be a chef when I was very young. Perhaps it was because of my parents, both very skilled cooks, and the delicious food they made for my siblings and I every day. As I grew older, my career aspirations drew closer towards an inventor and mechanical engineer (they still are). However, when I went to college, my desire to be a chef was reborn (in a sense) as I became adept at working in the kitchen every day. I will still be an automotive engineer but I will definitely make baking a part of that engineering life!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of the Book of Mormon. When I was young, I began daily study of the words contained in it. At the present, I’ve read it at least a dozen times, if not more. I know of it’s truthfulness through the witness of the Spirit of the Lord and through personal application of its teachings. Through the Book of Mormon, I have been transformed, I have been humbled, I have been chastised, I have been comforted, I have been set at peace, I have felt God’s love, I have understood God’s works, I have developed faith in Christ, I have drawn closer to my Heavenly Father, I have gained the companionship of the Holy Ghost, I have been protected from temptation, I have been strengthened, I have gained confidence, and I have been healed. I know the words contained in that book are true and I know that a loving Heavenly Father is eager to show you the truthfulness of them to you, too. I am grateful for Jesus Christ, who performed the Atonement so that all men might have the chance to change and become clean, free from all manner of affliction and sin. I am excited to go out and serve Him, to proclaim His gospel to the people in the Taiwan Taichung Mission, to share my knowledge of His atonement with them so that they, too, may have joy in Him as I do. I invite all to come unto Him, to feel of His love, to use the power of the Atonement to become worthy sons and daughters of God. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

How I live my faith

In my freshmen year of college, I was called to serve as a Family Home Evening father in my ward. This assignment involved my planning and hosting of activities which would enrich the lives of the 15 individuals assigned to our “family.” Each activity would take place Monday evening and would last for about an hour. I tried very hard to make these activities worthwhile since school was busy and these students usually had other priorities. Despite my best efforts, attendance was extremely low. Only 4 or 5 kids (at most) would show up on a regular basis. It was discouraging for me to try so hard, to think and plan out awesome activities, and only have a few people show up. At my lowest point, I was reminded of the allegory of the Lord of the vineyard contained in the Book of Mormon. After seeing that despite all his laboring his trees still brought forth wild fruit, he asked, “What could I have done more for my vineyard?” I was ready to give up, too. However, I didn’t, and like the Lord of the vineyard, I decided to “spare it a little longer.” Attendance improved slightly but I learned to love my calling as I learned to love those in my family, especially those who didn’t bother to show up to the activities. I know the Lord had been patient with me—I am far from perfect—and, as a disciple of Christ, I will be patient with His children, I will love them as He does.