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Hi I'm Cole

I grew up in Bakersfield, CA. I am learning how to feed the world. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the suburbs in the central valley of California where my early life was focused mostly on sports and trying to receive good grades to go to college. My family likes to joke that my favorite past time is to eat. I love food! My favorite food has to be fried rice and sushi. I also like to go fishing and to hike whenever I can. I grew up smack dab in the middle of the agricultural society and didn't see the bigger picture until I was halfway through my college career. I served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and spent two years serving the people in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. It was quite an eye opening experience. I had never been to a third world country before. Within those two years I taught the people about our Savior Jesus Christ and showed them how to build a strong relationship with their Heavenly Father. I was mostly put in the rural areas where I was the tallest person (6'4) within 50 miles, and it caught a lot of attention. One thing that always struck me was the fact how hard it was to come by food. After the two years I have come home and decided to learn how to feed the people on this Earth. I am currently married to the love of my life and I am studying to earn my Bachelor & Masters degree in soil fertility and plant nutrition (Agronomy). I plan on using what I learn to help increase yields so that all the world can eat.

Why I am a Mormon

I have chosen to become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because I have come to know that this is the true church and it is directed and led by Jesus Christ himself through a modern day prophet. I was born and raised in the church and I had always said that I knew the church was true. It's just what I was taught while growing up. I wasn't until I came to a point in my life where I wanted to know it everything I was doing or what I believe was right. I wanted to know that this church was God's church that he had establish on the Earth since the time of Adam until the present-day. I got down and knelt on my knees and did as James 1:5 says, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men literally...and it shall be given him." I asked in prayer if He was there at that moment listening to me. In that split second of listening and reaching out with my spirit, I immediately received an answer. I had never felt a feeling like this before, but it felt like a big blanket was put around my shoulders and I could feel in my body that everything that is taught in the church was true. To those who read this, I wish to extend an invitation to you to go to your quiet place, kneel and pray to Heavenly Father if he is there listening to you. I promise he will answer in a way that is unique to you and you will know that He lives. I testify that Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father are living beings and are watching over you listening to the desires of your heart and will answer your prayers if you reach out in faith. Please let me know if you wish to learn more about His church and more about what we believe as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. You will feel it burning inside you to learn more. I leave this with you, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

How I live my faith

One of my favorite scriptures is in the book of James. I thoroughly enjoy the New Testament and the direction it gives us. In James 2:17 he says, "Faith, if it hath not works, is dead..." This speaks volumes to me because it shows that faith isn't just about believing, but also that we must have works that follow what we believe. Faith isn't having a perfect knowledge of things, but it is to hope for things which are not seen, but are true. If we believe in Christ, then we will follow all of his commandments and have the actions to back it up. It talks more about faith and actions in Hebrews 11:1-6. A few examples of faith leading to action are given within these few verses and teach us that being "doers" of the word can bring blessings and even miracles into our lives. I live my faith by regularly attending church meetings on Sunday. I firmly believe in keeping the Sabbath Day holy and showing our Heavenly Father that we are grateful for this day of rest from physical labor and giving us time to become spiritually rejuvenated for the up coming week. I also live my faith by finding those in my day that may need my help. It could be something small like holding the door open for a mother holding her children, or helping an elderly person with loading their groceries. I believe that we are given the opportunity daily to do an act of service for one of our brothers and sisters. I currently serve in my community church ward by helping with the missionary services and helping those in need with in the ward both spiritually and physically. We all have trials in our life and I know it can be hard to go through something by ourselves.