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Hi I'm Chandler

I was born and raised in Texas. I ran my first marathon at when I was 18. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a freshman in college, and I have a wide variety of hobbies. I have recently come to love training for and running marathons. It's very hard, but so rewarding. I also love music. I play the guitar, piano, and a little bit of ukulele. I sing in various choirs. I compose music and write arrangements of well known tunes, such as popular hymns or Christmas songs. I also love to travel with my family. I have had the privilege of visiting almost all of the states in the US and many different countries of the world. Recently I've traveled to New Zealand, Sweden, Poland, Russia, Latvia, Belize, Mexico, and Costa Rica. I love the outdoors. Skiing, snowboarding, river rafting, hiking, and fishing are some of my favorite outdoor activities.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was born into and raised within the church, I still had to come to know for myself if it was true. When I was about 11 years old, I wanted to know if the Book of Mormon was true. I figured, if it was true, then everything else that the church teaches must also be true. So I studied the book. As I read, I prayed that the Holy Spirit would tell me if it was true or not. Sure enough, as I read, I felt the gentle peace of the Holy Spirit testifying of the truth of the Book of Mormon. It didn't all happen at once, but through a series of incidents in which I was touched by the Spirit. I felt calm, warm, and happy. I knew that if this book brought me to have these feelings that it must be true. I now know that the Book of Mormon testifies boldly of Jesus Christ and that it is the word of God.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by the standards I hold myself to and by encouraging those around me to also hold themselves to high moral standards. When I was a senior in high school, our class had an unfortunate problem of excessive "dirty dancing" at school dances. As the Senior Class Vice President, I felt that I had an opportunity and a duty to try and fix this problem. I organized a dance clinic where students could come with a partner and learn how to dance in a clean, classy way. I had a woman from my church come and teach the clinic. We learned moves to a variety of dances such as the Waltz, Swing, and even line dances. The 40-50 students who came with dance partners said they loved learning the new dances. I enjoyed organizing the dance clinic because I was able to show people that members of my church don't condone dirty dancing. They came to know that we hold ourselves to a very high standard.