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Hi I'm Will

I grew up around the world. I'm a student, film buff, music snob, and a missionary. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Phoenix, Arizona, but because of my dad's job as an international business professor I have lived in Ontario, Switzerland, and Singapore as well. At college, I am majoring in Political Science with a minor in Film. The two don't especially relate, but they speak a lot towards my personality: Political Science is what I think I am good at, while Film is what I love and am passionate about. Anton Chekhov, a writer and doctor, once described his balance of the two: "Medicine is my lawful, wedded wife and literature is my mistress." Although we condemn literal extramarital affairs in the church, I think my metaphorical cheating on politics with the arts is justified.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have found everything in this world that gives me true comfort points back to Him. Be it through scripture, service, friends, or even secular movies and music, the most truly joyful moments in my life are from learning or seeing in action an eternal principle of God. At times it is because I am able to feel the warmth of the Holy Ghost testifying of those principles, but at others it is simply through the catharsis of art. To me, the Church just makes sense. It makes sense that we would have Prophet to guide us in these latter days, and it makes sense that Christ would have visited the Americas as well as the Middle-East. It makes sense that we are given trials to make us stronger. Most of all, however, it makes sense that the overwhelming comfort and love I feel from time to time does not come from me or anything else of this world. It is the Holy Ghost. I know that this gospel is true.

How I live my faith

I have been called as a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I will spend six weeks in the Missionary Training Center learning Portuguese and how to better teach the gospel and will then leave to serve the rest of my mission in Brazil. As a missionary I will be spending every waking hour sharing the gospel with others, be it through acts of service or direct religious discussion. It will be difficult to leave my world of friends, family, and pop culture for two years, but there is no more rewarding way to spend one's time than by sharing the joys of the gospel. I owe everything I have to my Heavenly Father, so two years of service is really the least I can do.