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Hi I'm Adam

I grow cartilage, enjoy humanitarian work, dream of going to New Zealand, and I'm lucky to be a mormon.

About Me

I am currently a PhD student in biomedical engineering and have been for what seems like forever. When I can get away from the laboratory I love to wakeboard, mountain bike, play soccer, serve, and am constantly coming up with unrealistic businesses ideas. I am a humanitarian, entrepreneur, and a techy at heart. I have the six best sisters in the world which try to keep me from getting too nerdy, and the coolest brother which helps me fight off the female influence.

Why I am a Mormon

As part of my schooling, I have lived in the midwest, and now in the northwest. I also served a two year prosyleting mission for the LDS church in Guatemala, and I have been back a couple of times for humanitarian service. All these experiences have given me opportunities to associate with wonderful people of all different cultures and ideologies. Through them I have benefitted from the philosophies taught by various cultures and faith traditions. Yet, I find that no other ideology, single religion, or faith tradition, can answer the questions of life and eternity with the completeness and wonderful simplicity that the gospel of Jesus Christ found within the LDS church can. The gospel taught within this church is simple and wonderful. That we are all God's children. That He has laid out a plan of happiness and salvation for us. In this plan we are given commandments that will lead us to develop more Christlike attributes, and we are given the opportunity to choose whatever makes us the happiest, whether it be following Christ or not. Because God knew that we could not choose perfectly all the time, he provided a way for us to repent, through the great atonement of Jesus Christ. The gospel provides answers to life's questions such as "why are we here?" "what about those who have not had the opportunity to be baptized before they die?" "What happens to us after we die?" "If God loves us, why do bad things happen to good people?" This church, and the scriptures found within it, including the Bible and the Book of Mormon, have increased my faith in Jesus Christ which has sustained me through times of great challenge and question in my life. As I have learned more about the physical world through schooling, and more about other faiths and philosophies through friends and colleagues, I have been consistently amazed at the beauty of the truths found within the LDS church which are detailed and rich, yet simple and attainable.

How I live my faith

My faith tradition is a way of life for me. I try to let it guide everything I do, and in turn it richly blesses me. As a young man, I had the opportunity to serve the people of Guatemala for two years as a missionary. This required leaving family, friends, school, work, and making many sacrifices. As I taught the Guatemalan people about the gospel of Jesus Christ, and served alongside them in their daily lives, I learned more than I taught, as I learned about and felt the amazing love that God had for them, and for me, and for each of his children. This helped me understand better the teaching of the LDS church about the true purpose of this life, which is to love and serve God and his children. I am no longer a full-time missionary, and the demands of life make it more difficult to truly forget myself and serve others, but I know that when I do, I am the most enriched, and satisfied. Because the mission of the LDS church is to invite all to come unto Christ, it provides so many wonderful opportunities to do as Christ would do: serve others. The church has given me many opportunities to serve, and right now I am currently working with other single members within the church, who are in the age range of 30-40, to help provide them meaningful events, where they can come together to learn, serve, and draw nearer to Christ.

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

We believe that God will love and guide his church in all ages of the world through chosen representatives. Christ established this model when he was here on the earth. Now that he is not physically here, it is even more important to have representatives to carry his teachings to the world. Show more Show less