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Hi I'm Collin

I grew up in Washington. I love the outdoors. I'm a cellist. I'm a crazy math nerd obsessed with the number pi. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am an absolute nerd. I love to learn about math and science. In fact, in my senior year of high school, I recited 632 digits of pi from memory just so I could celebrate Pi Day. I'm serving a two year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Dominican Republic, and I will be studying nuclear engineering at Georgia Tech. However, life wasn't always so simple and straight forward for me. Around the time I was twelve years old, my parents decided to get a divorce. I was devastated. How could my "perfect" Mormon family get torn apart so easily. I struggled with the issue for some time, and with the help of God, I finally felt ready to move on. Yet hardships and challenges just kept on coming. My mother and father both remarried new people, and suddenly my family got a whole lot bigger. My mother and my new step-father were from entirely different upbringings, so consequently we faced a lot of conflicts and contention in our new home. Then things started to fall apart even more. My stepsister started abusing drugs and soon faced a seemingly unconquerable addiction. Then my brother developed full-force clinical depression and started having suicidal thoughts. My new family seemed to be in ruins. Yet all was not lost. We separated for a time and learned to respect each other. My brother went under treatment, and by the grace of God, we are improving day by day, action by action. We make mistakes, but we always strive for improvement.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I believe the doctrines that it teaches match the answers I have received from God through his Holy Spirit while studying the scriptures and praying. One of the things that I love most about my church is its doctrine of something called personal revelation. As I mentioned in my experience above, we have a Heavenly Father who loves us more perfectly than we can ever know, and he will and can communicate with us through his Holy Spirit. Just as he talked with a young fourteen year old farm boy that led to the restoration of Christ's church, God can communicate with me and answer my questions. Through praying and studying the doctrines in the scriptures and in my church, I have received small answers and peaceful confirmations from God that the doctrines of this church are true and can lead me to joy and happiness. Another thing I love about my church is its doctrine and focus on the family. As mentioned earlier, I have had some tough experiences with my family, yet I am so excited and passionate to grow closer to my current family and to eventually start my own. And through Jesus Christ, I believe that if we follow Him, that I can be together with my family forever, even after death. Nevertheless, the thing I love most about the scriptures and the teachings of my church is the redeeming power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Because Christ suffered for my sins and afflictions, I can return to live with my Heavenly Father again after this life. He made it possible for all of us to be forgiven of our sins and for the pangs of guilt to be removed. He also suffered every pain that we have had, so that he can comfort us in our time of need if we simply ask in faith. Only through this atonement, can I, an imperfect, mistake-ridden human being, be able to communicate with my perfect Heavenly Father. Only through this atonement, can I have the opportunity to live with my family again and be with my Father in heaven again.

How I live my faith

I am about to become a Spanish-speaking missionary for my church in the Dominican Republic. I will be serving full-time and acting as a missionary 24/7 for two years. For that length of time, I will be meeting and teaching people to invite them to grow closer to our Savior, Jesus Christ. I wasn't originally planning on serving a mission right away. Instead, I was trying to decide which college to go to. Everyday I seemed to change my mind on where I wanted to go to school, and the deadline for the final decision was approaching rapidly. I thought to ask God, so I did, but the answer didn't come right away. I kept asking and asking for months, but I didn't seem to get any divine answer, yet my church leaders kept promising that I would. Finally one night, I asked my parents about what I was doing wrong. I knew God was there and loved me and that he listened to my prayers, but I didn't know why I still hadn't gotten an answer to my question. In that moment, my father gave me advice that will probably change the rest of my life. He explained to me that in order to receive an answer to my prayers, that I needed to be willing to accept and act on whatever answer I got. The next night I drove my car to a remote spot, and I prayed to my Heavenly Father, just as I had so many times in the past, but this time, I sincerely promised to accept and follow whatever answer I got, even if it wasn't in my original plan. I waited for a while and thought about each college I was considering, but still no answer came. I decided to drive home and try again there, but as I was driving home, a thought popped into my head that I should serve a mission right away and attend college after. Immediately upon thinking that, I felt this subtle, yet sure, joy, excitement, and peace, so I decided that I absolutely needed to go on a mission. That same night, my original prayer was answered, and I also finally felt peace and joy about which college I should attend after my mission.