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Hi I'm Max

I'm an outdoor enthusiast, a physics nerd, and a jazz trumpet player, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Moving several times during my youth helped me learn to love meeting new people and trying new things. I love music, and enjoy singing in a cappella and barbershop groups and playing trumpet in a jazz band. I'm an Eagle Scout, and I love to hike, fish, and camp, especially in my home state, Florida. I love spending time with my family and friends and learn something new from them every day.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I know that Jesus Christ lives and loves us. He loves us so much that He has blessed us with the fullness of His gospel, and with His church, which He leads through living prophets, just like He did in the Bible. In my own family, I can recognize a clear difference when we choose to follow the teachings of these living prophets versus when we don't. I've been a Mormon my whole life, but it wasn't until I began to seriously study the Book of Mormon and act on what it teaches that I came to know that it was true and that I wanted it to be a part of who I was. I still remember the night I decided to start reading it for the first time. I was eleven years old. My family had recently moved, for the second time that year, and I felt lonely, insecure, and upset. I determined to read the Book of Mormon every day, praying that as I did, I would find some measure of relief. As I did so, nothing extraordinary happened, but I felt peace, and I felt encouragement. From that simple beginning, the Book of Mormon has changed my life. As I've read from it daily, I've found the strength to face daunting challenges in my life. When my faith has wavered, returning to the Book of Mormon has settled my doubts. As I've lived it's teachings, I've noticed changes in my own life. I'm kinder, more patient, and more selfless when I read the Book of Mormon. I feel happy, even in stressful situations. I feel God's love for me, and I feel love for those around me. I come closer to being the person God intends for me to be. These effects in my life are why I proudly am and always will be a Mormon.

How I live my faith

To me, the gospel is all about becoming our best selves by serving others: the more we put in, the more we get out. I serve in a family history center, where I help people learn about and connect with their ancestors. People that visit the center gain a greater sense of identity and belonging, and often strengthen their family relationships. In my day to day life, I look for opportunities to listen, to teach, and to lighten other people's loads. Knowing that everyone I meet is a child of God and my spiritual brother or sister makes my small acts of service meaningful and natural.