Hi I'm Millie
I'm your typical Mormon girl, born in Utah, grew up in Arizona and Idaho, and a recently returned missionary! But let me tell you that there is no happier life than the "typical" Mormon life. I love it! I love my family, including every one of my nine, crazy younger siblings, I love Idaho potatoes, I love BYU! I also enjoy making green smoothies and experimenting with dangerous ingredients (like sugar) in the kitchen, singing with anyone who will humor me, plunking around on various instruments like piano and viola, running long distance, exercising my creative juices in different forms, studying wise people and their literature, and spending time with people I love (pretty much everyone!).
Why I am a Mormon
I'm a Mormon because it makes me so happy to be one, and I know it's right! In spite of human errors, I know The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a perfect organization, even the very kingdom of God on the earth, led by his son Jesus Christ. Who wouldn't want to be a part of that? And I still remember the time when, as a seven year old girl anticipating baptism, I was asked by my parents to make the decision myself. They encouraged me to read the Book of Mormon and ask God if it really was a true book, and if I should be baptized. I read from the book, arrived at that last chapter, and knelt down by the side of my bed to talk with Heavenly Father. The peace I felt then answered my questions, and is a source I've continued to draw on all my life.
Can you talk about the missions of the Church and your participation in them?
I was privileged to serve a full time mission for eighteen months in the Texas Houston South Mission. I'd anticipated serving my whole life, and when I reached the minimum age, (21 for women), I received my call from the prophet of the Lord to serve in that particular mission. All of the south Houston area was split into dozens of different areas, five of which I had opportunity to serve in with various companions, all young women like myself who wanted to serve. We spent every single day of those eighteen months devoted to finding and teaching those who wanted to come closer to Christ and learn about his restored gospel. We had rules to follow that kept us safe and allowed the Holy Ghost to guide our work. I was always worried previous to my mission that I'd feel like a salesman, but I found that when you're "selling" something you really believe in and know will help others, it's easy! Sure it was difficult wearing skirts on bikes in the heat of the summer, not watching t.v. or talking to friends and family on the phone, and having very little (if any) leisure time, but it was the greatest experience of my life!
How I live my faith
I live my faith first and foremost by continually striving to increase my own personal Christlike discipleship. Everything else I do in the church is just to point me to Him and teach me about Him. Some of those things include different service callings I've held in the church, a full time mission I just finished serving in Houston, Texas, weekly temple and church attendance and worship, and daily family and personal scripture study and prayer.