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Hi I'm Parker

I'm a son. I'm a brother. I'm a friend. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a university student, working on my MA in Linguistics. I'm one of eight kids, and I love my big family. I love to learn, read, ride horses, bowl, talk, dance, eat, cook, and bake. In fact, I'm one of the best cheesecake bakers I've ever met (not that I've met a whole lot, but I'm pretty good, all the same)!

Why I am a Mormon

One of the reasons I like to study what I study is that it helps me to understand people better. My mom always used to tell me--and it took me years to realize what it meant--that life is about relationships. I've found that to be true. It's relationships that give meaning to the situations and circumstances we experience, the places and things we see. Among them all, I've found my relationship with our Heavenly Father and our Savior to be the sweetest, most rewarding, and ultimately most crucial to have happiness in life. The more I have learned of and from them, the better my relationships with my family and others have become. I am happy. I am happy because I know that I am a son of God, because I understand the purpose of life, because I have a knowledge of the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ, and because I strive to follow Christ and obey the commandments of God, a Father who shares His infinite wisdom and knowledge on how to achieve just that: happiness. I don't believe there is any other way to truly be at peace and find joy.

How I live my faith

I volunteer at the temple close to my home. It's my favorite place in all the world. The temple is the House of the Lord, a place where we go to learn and to serve and to contemplate the truths which He would have us follow. We perform ordinances in the temple which we believe extend salvation to our loved ones beyond the grave, doing vicarious baptisms for the dead and sealing families together for this life and the eternities. Whenever I leave, I feel lightened and enlightened, like my burdens have been lifted and life has been made more clear. My calling in my ward is to help ward members to attend the temple, teaching them lessons which prepare them for the ordinances there, helping to organize trips to the temple, and helping them do family history and genealogy research. I love my calling.