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Hi I'm Ian Newbold

I'm a student and future missionary. I'm aspiring to be a teacher. I love learning and helping others learn. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up with two priorities in life: academics and gaming. I love to learn new things and deepen my understanding of subjects I enjoy. Aside from homework, school was always enjoyable to me. I love interacting with other students and getting to know how they think and approach certain topics, and it makes me happy to help others when they need me for something. My favorite part of high school was talking to my teachers and learning about why they chose the path they're on. They inspired me to go into education so that I can have an opportunity to help high school students like they helped me, and I also think their advice will make me a better missionary. As far as hobbies are concerned, I occupy most of my time with games. Card games, board games, video games, if you name it, I probably do it. There is something about the intricate stories and challenges you have to overcome that always draws me into them, whether that challenge is against other people or just against the environment. There is something amazing about getting to interact with a world someone else has created that just appeals more to me than something like a book or movie. You get to actually experience it like they intended, and to me, that's just amazing. It's almost like living another life, even if it's only temporary.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised my whole life Mormon. I have two very faithful and very diligent parents who strove to make our house a spiritual place. I am a Mormon because I have experienced the blessings of the gospel and keeping the Lord's commandments in my own life. My father is and always has been a righteous man. He often jokes around about "dragging us all to heaven" because the rest of us have a tendency to drag our heels when our time comes to work. When I was a young child, our family had the misfortune of being put through bankruptcy due to some unfortunate circumstances regarding some stores that my father owned. Even though I was young, I understood what was going on, and this was a scary time in my life. However, through my father's diligence in obeying the commandments of the Lord and constant strength in enduring to the end, we were able to come out through the tragedy in one piece. Despite the rough times, he was determined to pay his tithing and live righteously, and we have been blessed because of it. Now, "tender mercies" come in handfuls and his business is thriving. I know we are being watched over because of the way my father lives his life, and it has inspired me to do the same.

How I live my faith

I live my faith in a few ways. For much of my time as a youth, I was involved in leadership and helped coordinate activities as well as provide suggestions for future events. When I was a little older, I was called to help with genealogy and family history. That was an interesting experience because up to that point, I did very little involving my own family history. After I was given that task, I learned a lot more about genealogy and how important it is to our life here on Earth. Also while I was a youth, I was encouraged to participate in Boy Scouts of America, which taught me many important lessons and skills that have been and will be applicable in my life. At the age of 17, I got the opportunity to organize and lead an Eagle Scout project where we were able to help improve the condition of a pioneer cemetery. My experiences with Scouts gave me a better understanding of how important community is and encouraged me to help others regardless of circumstance. Now, I am preparing to serve the Lord on a mission to a foreign land. There, I will try to provide others with the opportunity to learn and grow in the gospel as I have been able to throughout my life. It is a humbling calling, and I hope to have a positive impact on the lives of others.