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Hi I'm Gabe.

I'm an Oregonian. I'm kind of a Texan, too. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My relatives on the Oregon side of my family have been mostly Democrats since President Franklin Roosevelt. The the other side of my family are nearly all Republicans (as is usually the case in Texas.) I feel like I have a foot in both worlds. One way to oversimplify it is to say that I like trees and I like barbeque. I'm in college now, preparing for a career in journalism. But I am also interested in philosophy, modern physics, and history. I love theater, poetry and playing the guitar.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in an LDS (Mormon) family, so I've had a lot of time to think about "why I'm a Mormon". One thing Jesus taught was that by following his teachings--putting them to the test in their own lives--people would know that what he taught was from God (John 7:17). I think this process of personally putting things to the test works for a lot of things in life. I'm still a Mormon (and always will be) because I've tried it out and found that it makes me happy. When God is pleased with the direction you are going in life you can just feel it. For my freshman year of college I attended a small liberal arts college away from home. That was a defining experience for me. It became clear to me that when I lived the standards I knew were right, God was with me. In college I also saw people struggling due to some poor choices they made and I knew I wanted to stay far away from that. I didn't know how precious the truths I had as a Mormon were until I saw that contrast. Of top of all that, one of the main reasons I'm a Mormon is The Book of Mormon. I've read it many times and for me there's no denying that it came from God. I know they are His words, so there's no going back--only forward with the truth I have and faith that God will continue to give me more.

How I live my faith

I try to be a good friend to people around me. It doesn’t take extraordinary measures; it means a lot to people when they just know know you are there for them, dependable, and care about how they're doing.lot. I also build good habits that you learn about in Sunday school: reading the scriptures daily, beginning and ending the day with prayer, and going to church. This helps me connect with God, have the spiritual stamina necessary to keep the faith another day and be prepared to help others.