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Hi I'm Connor

I'm the future inventor of the Electric Triangle, I defy gravity in my spare time, yo no hablo Español, and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I'm another guy from Utah, and none of my interests are remotely related. I love star wars and super heroes, I play the Ukelele, I enjoy making videos, my ambition in life is to either conquer the American Ninja warrior course or become a ninja (whichever comes first), and I really, really love to do flips. My specialty in flips is parkour, but I do a little cheerleading on the side. When I'm not doing flips I'll be climbing something, if not that I'll be playing a video game, and if not either of those, I'll be doing something that you wouldn't think of as something you'd want to try because I enjoy trying new things and testing my limits. Because of that, I am currently serving a full-time mission in the Tennessee Nashville Mission, and I am exceedingly pleased with my experience!

Why I am a Mormon

I've been a member of the church my entire life, but it hasn't always been smiles and sunshine. There was a time when I doubted the authenticity of the church, and I slowly began to fall away. Eventually, I came back with an understanding that the truth of the church is not necessarily something you know in your mind, but something you must first feel in your soul, and you start that journey through prayer asking god if it is true. Without the church in my life, I am not sure I would be similar at all to the person I am today. I have felt the spirit by my side in times when I have felt alone, and that has been enough. Life changes constantly, and there's no hope in trying to take the world on by yourself. I believe in having a plan for getting where you need to be, but sometimes things are unpredictable, or your not sure how or where to go forward. That's why my motto and belief is to "put faith in the Lord first, and make up the rest as you go along". I promise you that when times are darkest and you feel lost, if you reach out to Heavenly Father he will guide you on the path that will make you the best person you can become. All you have to do is take a leap of faith and ask.

How I live my faith

I have held many positions within my wards, but I feel that I have best lived my faith through the way I act day to day. I believe in being the best person I can be, and if I feel that I am not achieving that, then I work to change it (so pretty much all the time). I work hard to treat others kindly and to help them feel happy and appreciated. I believe in not making someone feel like they are being forced to do anything, but in simply being an example and a guide. being encouraging and supportive of an individual can go a long way, even if you don't share their same beliefs. The best way I feel right now to live my faith is dedicating myself to serving in the Tennessee Nashville mission, and I am so excited to introduce to others the church that has helped my life so much. By no means do I believe this will be easy, but nothing worth doing ever is, and I've never been one for doing easy things anyway. Most importantly, the mission is not about me. I am the last person I am concerned about when it comes to the mission, much less anything else. It is about showing Heavenly father's children the path back to him, and for that I am excited to dedicate myself to the Lord's service.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

No, not all Latter-Day Saints are required to serve missions, and some don't serve missions at all. However, it is highly encouraged, but it is up to the person deciding to serve a mission. Sometimes people are pressured into serving missions, but the ones with a want to help others receive the gospel are the best at teaching on missions. The church does not pay missionaries for serving missions, and they choose where missionaries serve by revelation from God. Missionaries are called to serve away from home for 18 months to 2 years all over the world and without seeing their families, except for a video call on mothers day and Christmas. I currently have four family members serving missions, Brennan in Boston Massachusetts, Rachel in Detroit Michigan, and my grandparents who have served in Harare Zimbabwe and are currently serving in Atlanta Georgia. They all say they love their missions. They might say it's because the people are friendly or they love the land, but the one mutual feeling they all share is that they feel a true desire and joy in teaching and serving those they have been called to serve. I am preparing to serve a mission in Nashville Tennessee, and it is strange to think that I am leaving everything I've known for two whole years to teach people I would never have met otherwise. I am worried that I will not be able to teach them well enough to be able to help them. But I know that if I put faith in the Lord, he will help me to be what he needs me to be. Show more Show less