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Hi I'm Hollan

I grew up in Washington. Currently a sophomore at BYU and about to leave on my mission. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm almost 18 years old and my parents live in Massachusetts. I graduated early from high school and spent a year at college in Utah. I am leaving on my mission in a couple of weeks to the Marshall Islands. I enjoy playing basketball and spending time with my family. I like to read and I also like to do yard work and cleaning- stuff that I can see immediate results with.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church as my parents were members, and there are days where I ask if I truly believe this. And there are two reasons why I should believe this- first, that I've felt God's love and his spirit in my life, and second, that I have a hope that these things are true. I have hope that I can live with my family for eternity, and so I choose to believe in these things, trying to hold on to that spirit that I've felt. It's difficult to believe in something or someone you can't see, but if it were easy, then we wouldn't learn or progress- and the whole point of this existence is to progress and become like our Heavenly Father. To be more patient with others, to have a greater selflessness, to rely more on our Savior Jesus Christ- these are the goals that can be achieved by living this Gospel, and these goals are a worthy endeavor.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by attending church each week and participating in sacred ordinances such as the Sacrament. I went home teaching with my dad a good amount and talked with the people who maybe didn't have very many people to talk to. I've held various callings, recently as a teacher which has been a good experience. Living the faith, while it can include doing all the aforementioned things, really comes down to having and maintaining a relationship with Christ and relying on that relationship to help God's children. I am working on strengthening that relationship, and there are days that I don't do a very good job, but because of Christ's Atonement I can always try again.