On July 25th, 2012, I started serving as an LDS missionary in the Utah Ogden mission. Imagine The Book of Mormon Musical, but with a lot less singing. It was a time of highs and lows and a lot of growth for me, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. A couple months into my mission, I started experiencing symptoms, but it wasn’t until 18 months into my mission that I was finally admitted to the hospital. In January 2014 I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. To sum up Crohn’s disease, it’s a form of IBD where my immune system is trying to kill my digestive system. It’s about as pleasant as it sounds.
I returned from my mission a little earlier than expected in May of 2014 and moved on with my life. I am now married and attending school at BYU. One of the most common side effects of Crohn’s disease is that people who have it tend to use the bathroom a lot. As a result, I’ve used a lot of public restrooms. and I mean a lot. So I started an instagram blog, Oh the Places You’ll Poop, taking pictures of every public toilet I use and rating them on their cleanliness, feng shui, and the likelihood that I’ll get murdered. It’s turned something that is normally tedious into something slightly less tedious and a lot more entertaining. Check it out below: