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I have lived all over the south and the mid-west--Indiana, Missouri, Kentucky, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Ohio as a missionary for eighteen months. Now, I am a full-time student in Utah, where I am double majoring in music and German. I am the oldest of six children and grew up doing a lot of babysitting. I was also lucky to have parents who are both musicians, so I got free piano lessons from my dad up until I left to study piano at college. I love traveling and meeting people from different backgrounds. At college, I live in German housing, which means that we are only allowed to speak German inside our apartments. The German housing is part of a larger foreign language complex, so my neighbors come from all over the world--we have Portuguese, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Hebrew, French, and other languages all together in the same building. I love it! I have also studied abroad in Jerusalem, Jordan, and Egypt, and that was one of the best experiences I have ever had. I learned so much there--especially by observing the religious devotion of people there from many different backgrounds. It was really a strength to me to see that, especially since religious devotion is often downplayed in my own culture. I am not completely sure yet what I want to do after college, but I hope to continue my education and qualify myself to do some good in the world.
I was born into a latter-day saint family, but I didn't start studying the Book of Mormon on my own until I was about 9 or 10. I still remember reading the first chapters of that book, feeling happy and overwhelmed, and not wanting to put it down because it taught about such exciting things! Since then, my love for the Book of Mormon has grown, and it continues to be the foundation of my belief that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints actually is directed by Jesus Christ. In addition to that, this gospel has brought me more growth and happiness than I can describe..
One of my favorite parables in the New Testament is the parable of the talents, which teaches us that God wants us to use the resources we have been blessed with. Sometimes, people may feel selfish for doing what they love, but I know that God's ultimate goal for each of us is to become the best, most well-developed, and most talented versions of our current selves. He is happy when we dedicate ourselves to developing our talents, not just because they can help other people immensely, but because that is part of the purpose of us being here on earth. As a musician, some of my most rewarding experiences on my mission have come through music. I sang with a community choir last Christmas, which allowed me to share my testimony with many people in a way that they could appreciate. I have also performed on the piano for a few events, which has allowed me to share my testimony of the restored gospel more clearly than I can through speaking.
I pray every day. I study the Book of Mormon and the Bible every day. I try to keep the promises I made when I was baptized, to be kind and look out for other people and stand up for what I believe in. I recently served as a full-time missionary, which means I volunteered all my time for 18 months to teach other people about the gospel of Jesus Christ.