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Hi I'm Elder Christenson

I scored a 35 on the ACT. I'm an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. I love Star Wars. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a huge tech nerd. I love to read about all the crazy cool things people are doing with technology to make the world a better place, and I enjoy wondering what's coming next. Mobile phones have changed the world in profound ways, and it's important to me to keep track of what might be happening in the coming years. I just barely graduated high school, and while I was there, I was heavily involved in our choir program. I love to sing, and I feel blessed to have had a great choir teacher. Because of her influence, I have developed what I hope to be a lifelong interest in singing. Making beautiful music in choirs the past six years of my life has been life-changing. I often find that listening to music or singing helps me to relax my mind (even though it can sometimes get on my mother's nerves when I can't hear her calling for me). I am an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. This is the highest rank that any boy can reach in the program, and requires a great deal of hard work, leadership, and time spent outdoors. I've learned how to perfectly roast a marshmallow, tell spooky ghost stories, and herd a rowdy group of teenage boys (not the easiest task). But I also learned other things, like reverence for my country's founding values, the heavy weight of leadership, and the importance of respect for others and myself. I'm going to college soon. I have absolutely no idea what I'm going to study for my major, and that scares me a lot. But I'll figure it out. I always do.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church. Because of that, I had an early exposure to the doctrine of the church. My family read stories from the Bible and Book of Mormon every night, and when I got older, I started to learn some of the lessons behind the stories I heard. The story of David and Goliath taught me, for example, that God will give me the support and strength I need to do the right thing. I learned from the story of Jonah and the Whale that sometimes the things God asks us to do are as much for our own growth as for the people we are trying to help. One story from the Book of Mormon has always stood out to me. Alma the Younger was a prophet who lived in the Ancient Americas. Alma didn't exactly hold dear the teachings of his father, and spent much of his young life ridiculing righteous members of the church, lying and stealing, and engaging in a lot of destructive behaviors. Eventually he was confronted by an angel, who commanded Alma the Younger to stop persecuting the members of the church. As a result of this visitation, Alma was paralyzed for three days. When he recovered, he had completely changed. Alma turned his back on the life he had led before, and began to preach the word of God. Eventually, his faith led him to be called as the next prophet. From this, I learned that it's never too late for anyone. Right before I went into high school, I started not going to church quite as much. At first, I enjoyed having the house to myself, to get a little peace and quiet, which with my large family, is always rare. But I knew I should have been going to church. When I started going regularly again, I found that my life became much easier to bear. I chose to stay a member of this church, because I have found that no other group, activity, or purpose gives as much peace of mind and joy to anyone as following the commandments of God. I know that as I follow His teachings, I will be blessed to be with Him again. Because I know that He loves me.

How I live my faith

I regularly visit with an elderly woman who lives just down my street named Renee. She gets along on her own pretty well (she's a pretty tough cookie), but sometimes she lacks for company. About once a month, I visit her home with another man in my ward, and we just sit down and talk for a while. It helps me to remember what Christ taught us to do. We are all asked to visit and help take care of our neighbors in need. I love to talk with Renee, and to hear her stories about how things were like here when she was younger. I'm happy to call her a friend. I have recently been called to serve a two-year mission to proselyte for the Church in a foreign country, in a language that I don't speak. That would terrify a lot of people, and I guess it scares me, too. But I also know that God will be with me as I go out and do His will. Whenever I remember that, it doesn't seem quite as scary. There's so much for me to do in preparation for that, and I'm too busy and excited to go to be scared that much.

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Elder Christenson
Jesus Christ taught that we should care for the poor and needy. To follow His example, the Church not only helps to provide for the needs of the poor, but also provides education and work experience to help people get back on their feet and into steady jobs. The best way to help people is to enable them to help themselves. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Elder Christenson
Missonaries are called to serve the Lord for up to two years all over the world. Instead of saving up for a car, a new computer, or college, Mormon teenagers save for a mission, and fund it themselves. Missionaries don't work while serving; they're literally full-time. Instead, their own personal funds, along with funds donated by neighbors, family, and friends, help pay for their expenses. There is also a general worldwide fund that gives assistance and sometimes pays outright for those that need help. Show more Show less