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I have a deep love for the gospel and try to manifest that in the way I live my life. I graduated from BYU-Idaho with a degree in Communications. I love design, photography, and the beauty of creating. Capturing breathtaking moments through a camera lens, creating a video that depicts joy and happiness, or designing a document that brings flare and excitement to simple words and images helps me realize the love my Father in Heaven has for me. It is through these mediums that I am often able to express my feelings. We can find delicacy by searching ourselves and seeing God. We can find elegance in all that is around us as we thank God for everything that we have been given, starting with ourselves. Where some see cobwebs, cracked paint, and tattered furniture in life, I see Gods love. I see His willingness to let us have the ability to create. At times in our lives, we too may feel forgotten, deserted, rejected and a sense of loneliness, yet someone still sees that beauty in us. We still have the power to become. Along side of creating, I love leading, teaching, sharing, playing games, and exploring the outdoors. From bike rides, cruses, sushi, hiking, movies, to picnics, baseball, and nail polish, I enjoy it all. Being surrounded with friends and family brings joy and happiness. And for that, I thank God.
I was born into a family with a long line of ancestors who are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Although I was raised being a Mormon, I made the choice on my own to live and be converted to this faith. From an early age I was taught about the gospel. My parents, relatives, and neighbors, for the most part, lived in accordance with the teachings of the church. Their example and happiness helped me to find in myself this joy. Growing up, I didn't want to disappoint my family. I didn't want to disappoint my leaders or friends. I made choices that brought me closer to my Heavenly Father and allowed me to have the Spirit with me to help me throughout each day. They weren't always conscious decisions, they were just they way I lived. However, it wasn't until I received a challenge from my Bishop in my first singles ward to read the Book of Mormon that I found my true joy in being a member of the church on my own. I had read scriptures growing up with my family and for seminary, but it wasn't until this moment that I made the choice on my own to read the Book of Mormon. What a life changing moment. We had been challenged to read the Book of Mormon in sixty days I believe. I got behind in the beginning and thought about giving up. But a wave of determination drove me to read. I was working full time, and going to school full time, and serving as the Relief Society President in the singles ward full time. My life was busy. But I made time for reading. I remember as I was reading one night this feeling come over me. I was near the end of the book and the feeling hit me so strong. I had to stop reading. I said a prayer, and began to weep. At that moment, I knew for myself, without a doubt, that the book was and is true. That moment taught me the importance of living the gospel. I learned from that experience the importance of reading the scriptures daily, praying to my Heavenly Father fervently and living in accordance with Gods will for me.
Prayer is a way for me to talk to my Heavenly Father. It is a way for me to build a relationship with Him and feel power, love, and direction in my life. Scriptures teach us the countless blessings of prayer. Joy, happiness, humility, becoming submissive, patient, comforted, finding forgiveness, directed, deepening our gratitude, watched over, lifted up, healed, protected from the adversary, the gift of discernment, energy, and a strengthened testimony are just some of the blessings promised to us as we make prayer a part of our life. I have felt a power in my life from when I pray. There have been times where I have felt to busy, or to unworthy, or to weak to pray, but I have learned that those are the times that I need to pray the hardest. I have a saying in my room that says "Prayer changes things." It is such a simple thought that brings forth great blessings and promises. Prayer truly has changed my life. It was through prayer that I learned of the truthfulness of this gospel. It was through prayer that I overcame heartache. It was through prayer that I came to understand that I truly am a daughter of God and that He knows and loves me as an individual. Starting and ending my days with prayer has become a habit and a blessing. It's a spiritual enlightenment to begin my day, and a spiritual bearing of my gratitude to end everyday. I catch myself throughout the day offering up prayers of gratitude for the blessings I have and for the comfort, peace and protection I am afforded. As I have made prayer a part of my life, I have seen a change. I have felt the love of my Heavenly Father more abundantly. It is through prayer that I have built a relationship with Him and have come to understand His love and trust in me and I in Him. As I give my time to the Lord, I know He will answer my prayers and give me time in return.
When we forget the Lord, we loose sight of the grace and true beauty of life. We loose sight of happiness. Our Father lives in us and when we seek and find that, we see potential to become. As we consistently search and find pulchritude we can redevelop a love, a sight, a desire to reach our full capacity. I try to live each day becoming more and more charitable. I believe that it is through charity that we can become very close to our Heavenly Father. I strive to do my best to see those around me as though God were looking at them. It is hard, and sometimes I find myself walking away from situations realizing that I wasn't polite in my thoughts. It is in those moments that I pray for help and forgiveness. Prayer truly changes things. It has changed my life, and lifts me each day as I use it. The scriptures answer questions. They bring truth to living. The Book of Mormon testifies of the plan of salvation and the joy that we can have if we live worthy to return to our Father in Heaven. Prophets on earth today teach me how to improve. Through their words and love, I find joy and strive to better reach my potential. Each day it's the challenge to become that keeps me moving forward.