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Hi I'm Connor

A California boy headed to Tennessee. Mental Illness Survivor. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Grew up literally working in the Lord's Vineyard. That idea of service has always been a part of me. I love helping wherever, whomever, and whenever I'm needed. I love to dance and sing but I'm terrible at it. I love being active and going hiking, swimming, playing volleyball, and any other things that get me up and moving. I have suffered from anxiety and depression since I was 4 years old which has prevented me from participating in many things I love to do. However, I've made it through. I give all the credit to my Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ because without them I wouldn't have made it through the hard times. I've learned how to conquer and overcome these trials and now see them as strengths rather than weaknesses. I can better love and show compassion to other people. I believe in Christ's power to make weak things become strong. I find joy in life and I love it.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church. What's different about me is that there has never been a doubt in my mind of its truthfulness and that God lives. I see others who do not have this gospel and I compare it to those who do and I can see the light that comes from knowing of the truthfulness of the restoration. My conversion story occurred as I began serving and teaching others about this gospel. As I taught, not only did I gain an understanding that it is true, but I gained motivation to share its message with everyone. I believe in its power to change lives. I believe in its power to grow us closer to Jesus Christ. Through my trials I have been able to recognize Christ's hand in shaping me to who I am today. As I see others who struggle with depression and anxiety I wish they would listen to this message because it gives hope and you can feel the love of Christ every day. That is why I have chosen to serve a mission, because my life has been changed by its message and I want others to feel the love and joy that I feel. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is true. There is no doubt in my mind of its truthfulness. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I was responsible for organizing a pioneer trek for approximately 250 young men and women. I have helped in the young mens program and in the scouting program. I've been called to serve a two year mission in Tennessee.

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Connor
We believe that people need to make promises with God here on earth in order to live together as eternal families in the after life. The promises are made through baptism and other "rituals" that are done in the temple. However there are many millions of Gods children who never had the opportunity to hear and participate in these ordinances or rituals. So we do family history and genealogy to not only connect us to and inform us of our families, but also so that we can stand in and make these promises for our deceased ancestors in the temples. Why? We do them because 1) the covenants "promises" have to be made on earth, 2) God wants all of his children to have the opportunity to live with Him again, so now they have to opportunity to choose whether or not they accept and want to join God's eternal family. The bible speaks of this as it reads, "...if the dead rise not at all, why are they then baptised for the dead?" (1 Corinthians 15:29). It is through this work that we allow God's plan to be fulfilled. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Connor
Mormon missionaries proselyte because we/they have felt a feeling from the gospel that drives us to share the message with others. We want everybody to have the opportunity to partake of the great joy that comes from the message of the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ. For example, if a person finds a restaurant that they love they are going to tell everybody about it. Why? They share it because they want everyone else to experience what they experienced because it made them feel good. They share it because they loved it. The same applies to the gospel of Jesus Christ. When someone partakes of its goodness they want to share it with everyone because they want everyone to experience the feelings that they feel as they partake of the this message. It has changed lives for the better. We want everyone young and old to feel joy. That is our message. It is a message of joy. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Connor
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is organized in a very simple manner. It is easily comparable to a school district. The school district itself is like the church. The school district can have many high schools that are apart of the district, this is like a stake. Each high school has several elementary schools that that feed into that high school, these are like wards. A ward is a congregation of people that live within a certain boundary (anywhere from a few blocks to a few miles). A ward usually ranges from 100-400 members. A stake is made up of usually 6-10 wards that are in a general area. (usually many miles). Each stake has a general organization in which members are called from different wards to contribute to and help those in the stake. What is a branch? A branch is just a small ward that doesn't quite have enough members to be called a ward, usually less than 100 members. Therefore we have ward activities, stake activities, and other activities based on geographical area. Show more Show less