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I am currently a college student pursuing a degree in English; I plan to teach after I graduate. I love learning, and I love interacting with people and absorbing the knowledge and experiences they share. I am an avid reader; I am particularly interested in fairy tales and their retellings. I love soccer, and I also enjoy basketball and rugby. I enjoy watching the stars and learning the stories behind the constellations. In my other spare moments, I crochet and play the violin and piano. Right now, I am preparing to serve a mission for the Church. I am excited to serve the Lord and share the blessings the Gospel has brought to my life.
I have always been a Mormon; I was born to a family that is strong in the Church. Growing up, I never thought much about being a member of the Church. I live in Utah, the hub of Mormon activity. I went to schools that taught LDS-based curriculums. I went to church every Sunday and attended weekly youth activities. Basically, I lived and breathed the Gospel in everything I did. By the time I was 18, I wasn't sure if I actually had a real testimony of the Gospel or if I just lived those standards out of habit. Sure, I'd had a few experiences where I felt the love of God and had felt the Holy Spirit confirm that I was choosing the right, but I didn't really know. That's when I moved away to college. As I began my studies and figured out how to live on my own, I could have easily stopped participating in the Gospel. I had a lot of non-member friends, and even my member friends didn't have to know I was a member if I didn't want them to. But something in me kept me going, and for the first time in my life, I established a habit of reading my scriptures and praying every day. I never had a huge epiphany where I realized the Church was true; I just kept living my life and found that I would be incomplete without the Gospel. I know the Church is true because it brings me happiness and stability in my life; it brings out the best in me. Because of the Gospel, I know I am a daughter of a loving Heavenly Father, and that's the best feeling in the world.
Because I'm the oldest child in my family, a lot of responsibility rests on me to be a good example to my siblings and to maintain a spirit of love in our home. I'm not always good at it, but I try to be the kind of older sibling I would want to have. It's harder now that I'm away from home, but I love to talk with my family and listen to them. I do my best to make everyone laugh because I believe laughter is one of the greatest tools of unity, next to food. :) I strive to live the standards of the Gospel because I believe they make me a better person and thus a better member of my family. Mostly, I just love my family and let them know that I love them, even when we get on each other's nerves.
I live my faith through the basics: I pray, read my scriptures, attend my church meetings, and fulfill my callings. Currently, I serve as the music coordinator and choir director in my ward (the local organization of the Church).