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Hi I'm Hunter Bacon

I'm a student at BYU. I have been called to serve in the Japan Fukuoka mission. I am very excited to serve the people of Japan!

About Me

I am the 7th child in my family. Luckily for me, I am also the tallest son! I have 2 sisters and 4 brothers. I'm currently a student at BYU Provo. My major is Economics, and I am involved with BYUSA (Student Government Program at BYU). This was a natural step for me as I have been involved with leadership at my school, church, and BSA (Boy Scouts of America) for many years. During my high school years, I was blessed to have the opportunity to be the Student Body President at my high school, was on the swim team, and earned the rank of Eagle Scout. At one point, I thought my parents pushed me too much or expected too much of me, but I have since realized that they were only trying to prepare me for life and help me succeed. My interests are sports--everything and anything sports; video games; reading; looking at real estate; and history. I think I want to go to medical school, but then I am interested in international business too. We'll see which way I go after Japan.

Why I am a Mormon

I choose to be a Mormon at first because it was what my family and my siblings did. Over the years, I have had many opportunities to travel away from my family on scouting, sporting, and vacations with friend's families; to be involved in school and competitive sports; and found that I had to form my own opinions and make my own decisions. I made my share of mistakes and saw others make terrible ones sometimes. I discovered that the choice of living this Church's gospel has brought me the most happiness and joy, and I hope to always have it in my life. To me the Atonement is a central theme and pivotal concept. Like the song says: "I stand all amazed at the love Jesus offers me, Confused at the grace that so fully he proffers me. I tremble to know that for me he was crucified, That for me, a sinner, he suffered, he bled and died. CHORUS: Oh, it is wonderful that he should care for me Enough to die for me! Oh, it is wonderful, wonderful to me! I marvel that he would descend from his throne divine To rescue a soul so rebellious and proud as mine, That he should extend his great love unto such as I, Sufficient to own, to redeem, and to justify. CHORUS: Oh, it is wonderful that he should care for me Enough to die for me! Oh, it is wonderful, wonderful to me! I think of his hands pierced and bleeding to pay the debt! Such mercy, such love and devotion can I forget? No, no, I will praise and adore at the mercy seat, Until at the glorified throne I kneel at his feet. CHORUS: Oh, it is wonderful that he should care for me Enough to die for me! Oh, it is wonderful, wonderful to me!" Credits: LDS Hymnal # 193 Lyrics and music by Charles H. Gabriel, 1856-1932; based on Scriptures: John 15:13 (Holy Bible) and Mosiah 3:5-8 (Book of Mormon)

How I live my faith

I live my faith by living my religion and beliefs while associating with many people who are not LDS and may not have my standards. I try to be a good example, though I am not perfect. I try to help others to become familiar with their Heavenly Father, and find peace and hope in their lives, especially when they are struggling. During my high school years, I fellowshipped several friends and acquaintances that were interested or had questions about the LDS church. I invited friends on the Pioneer Trek, where we reenact the Mormon Pioneer Trek across the plains. I have hosted missionary discussions and lessons for friends that were interested in learning more. I was on the Stake Youth Council for my region for a while and it was fun to help plan many events. In college, I was 2nd counselor in the men's group and the asst secretary in the group leadership for my ward.