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I am a college student and I love learning! I am studying elementary education because I enjoy teaching and working with kids. I dream of changing the lives of thousands of children by being an example to them and making them want to rise up and be better people. I think I would love to be an inspirational speaker though. I enjoy doing just about anything in the kitchen--except for the dishes-- and love to experiment by making new foods. I also enjoy reading and I am told that I write pretty well too. I love spending time outdoors and especially dancing in the rain. I have a passion for service and love smiling. Up at college I have found many opportunities to get involved and serve through the Student Representative Council, the special needs program, and with the new students. I just love it! I am serving a full time mission in the Oklahoma Oklahoma City Mission and love this amazing opportunity to share my knowledge and testimony of something that I love so much. Life is an adventure and I love it!
For generations my ancestors have all been Mormon. I guess you could say that I lived on my parent's testimony during my childhood. When I was twelve years old I decided I wanted to learn for myself whether the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was the church of God on earth today so I read the Book of Mormon. I didn't understand all of it but what I did understand I loved. It just seemed right. After I completely read it for the first time, I asked God if it was His words that I had studied and if this was His church and the Holy Ghost told me it was! I immediately started to read and study the Book of Mormon again and have done it many times since then. Each time that I have read the Book of Mormon and asked my Father in Heaven if the principles and teachings were true, the Spirit has born witness to me that they are. It is because of The Book of Mormon and gaining a testimony of it for myself that I am a Mormon today.
Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints go on missions to share the gospel of Jesus Christ and forever families and of the restoration of the Church with all of God's children throughout the world. The gospel of Jesus Christ and my membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints brings so much joy to my life. Membership in this Church has defined who I am and who I want to be. I can attribute every good thing in my life to the Church. Since so much joy comes from the Church in my life and in the lives of members, we want to share this joy; we want to share the gospel so that others can feel what we feel and have the joy that is felt through being a member of the true Church of Jesus Christ. I look forward to the day when I can serve a mission and share my testimony of my Savior Jesus Christ and the restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints so that others might feel the peace and happiness that I have in my life from belonging to this glorious Church.
Missions in the Church are voluntary acts of service where members leave their homes for a year and a half or two years to serve God and bring people closer to Him. My family has a history of missionary service and I know that it has blessed me and my family so much! I am currently serving a mission in Oklahoma City and have grown from this experience in incredible ways. I have learned of what it means to truly give yourself up in the service of God and my love for Him and all mankind has grown so much. My ability to follow the promptings of the Spirit has grown and my willingness and desire to follow God is so much stronger. Missions of the Church are opportunities for Church members to learn and grow by following Jesus Christ and bringing others to Him. Although sometimes challenging, the experiences that I am having now are changing me and bettering me and I am so grateful for them.
I think one of the Savior's teachings that has influenced me so much is the second great commandment. "Love thy neighbor as thyself." The capacity to love is so incredible and we have been commanded to love all people. This has influenced me because I love spending time with people and working with them to make them better. As I come to love these people, I am better able to serve them and lift them higher. As I strive to love all those around me I find myself becoming more like my Savior Jesus Christ because I am doing what he would be doing and loving as he would be loving if he were here.
Prayer is such a key part in my life! It is so incredible to know that I can talk with God about anything and to know that He is always listening. Prayer has been a big part in my life because I know that I can turn to God no matter what. There have been many times in my life when I didn't know what I should do such as where to go to college or what I wanted to study and I turned to the Lord and He lead me down a path more perfect than I could ever imagine for myself. As I pray I feel a sense of peace and love from my Father in Heaven and I know that He is always there to help me which is such a great blessing!
I have been so blessed by my faith in Jesus Christ. I think the biggest blessing that I have is happiness. My faith in Jesus Christ has given me the strength and ability to be happy no matter what life throws at me. I know that I can live with my family and with God forever as I rely on Jesus Christ and have faith in Him. I know that God has a perfect plan for me and as I follow Jesus Christ and have this faith I will become who God needs me to be. I have been blessed with the strength to endure whatever life throws at me because I know I can rely on Jesus Christ. By having faith in Jesus Christ my life has been forever bettered and I am so grateful for that!
I live my faith by being an example of Jesus Christ. I want to live a life where people see me and even if they don't know that I am a Mormon, they will know that I am a good, trustworthy person. I want to be a role model to those that I come in contact with and it is by living a good, honorable life that I stand up for Jesus Christ and live my faith. A big way I live my faith is through service. I believe that as we serve those around us we serve God. I am constantly looking for opportunitie to serve others to make their life (and as a result, mine) better. I am currently serving a mission and as a result I am fully focused in living the gospel of Jesus Christ and bringing others closer to Him. I live my faith by example.