So I next person I wanted to showcase is Elder Trey Williams! (blog, Facebook, Mormon.org) We were called to be online missionaries at the same time back in February. That was my first opportunity to meet him. I later got to be in the same zone and we have served around each other for the last two months. He is a really funny guy with a light heart and a cheerful attitude. It’s been really enjoyable to share in his love for Big Foot while serving in the heart of Big Foot country, Humboldt County, California.
Anyways, here are some of his own words a bit about who he is and why he is a Mormon.
Tell us a little bit about yourself?
“I’m a lot of different things to different people. I’m an intellectual; I love to read and learn and listen to everything that comes my way. I’m a musician, mostly on the guitar but I “doodle” on the piano. I LOVE my classic rock (Tom Petty, Simon and Garfunkel, and the Beatles are my favorites)! I’m an artist; not that good, but just enough to express myself, and maybe even turn you into a cartoon.:) To some, I’m a loud, outgoing, life-of-the-party goofball. To others, I’m a quiet, thoughtful, timid friend who doesn’t want to step on anyone’s toes. To you, I’m a college aged young man in a white shirt and tie, with a little black namebadge.
I did go to college for a year. I majored in journalism, with the hope that I could one day see, and maybe even change, the world. I see now that dream is being realized, but not in the way I expected.
As a missionary, I and my companion strive every day to offer what we believe to others. Not to change, belittle, or disrespect others’ beliefs, but to share what has changed my own life with those who have perhaps lost their way, or hope, in today’s world. It’s a big job, a full-time job; one where our only pay is changed lives.
I love my job. :)”
Why are you a Mormon?
“I, like most people, was trying to find myself and whether there really is a God. I come from a family of intellectuals (whom I love very dearly); among us are teachers and musicians and artists. I was raised to learn things for myself, to ask questions, and to follow my feelings. There are two sides to every story, and we must know both to make a rational decision.
There came a time where I gave up the notion of religion altogether. I was disgusted with the violence I saw, in history and on the evening news, and how it all seems to stem to religion. “How can something claiming to be good cause so much bad?”, I often asked myself. Why didn’t God answer my questions? Why didn’t he answer my prayers? Why didn’t I feel Him in my life?
Then, one day, He answered me.
My testimony is that God gives us a second chance. He hears every single prayer we offer. He loves us, and that is something that is not conditional on our decisions. God doesn’t turn away from us, only we can turn ourselves from Him.
Therefore, on the other side of the coin, only We can turn ourselves To Him.
Our Heavenly Father has given us everything we need to be happy. It’s up to us to decide if we are going to be, or not. I know that Christ, His Only Begotten Son, died so that we can return to live with God again. Christ knows our pains and our joys, our failures and our triumphs, and He is with us every step of the way. I only know this through the restored gospel, given to us from God, through the Prophet Joseph Smith. He still speaks to us today, in His love, through the prophet Thomas S. Monson. I know this is true, because I’ve personally asked my Heavenly Father if this is true.
I testify to you, It Is.”