Hi I'm Grace
I'm fairly new to this whole Mormon business. I joined the Church a little over a year ago. I'm currently working as a caregiver for a developmentally-disabled kid but I am looking at going back to Conservatory in the Fall to study Viola. I've been playing for the last fifteen years. Random Facts: I'm a thrift-store junkie. I play D&D and other tabletop RPG's when I have the opportunity. Right now I don't have a group. I miss playing VtM (LARP). I'm starting to learn photography. I have Asperger's Syndrome. Look it up on Wikipedia. It's pretty much awesome. I read a fair bit. I especially like vintage sci-fi and clean dark fantasy/horror, which is really hard to find. I relish the challenge. I like learning. That's what got me sucked into this whole "Mormon" business in the first place. I have a small collection of mini-skeletons. They make me smile. Old things make me happy. I like listening. I like talking even more, especially to large groups of people who are all paying attention to me. To translate: I like performing. To re-translate: I'm an attention addict. I have a costume shop instead of a closet. If it wasn't for work and a wee bit of laziness, I would never wear anything that didn't look like it belonged on stage or at a convention. in addition to playing in a nearby symphony and various ad hoc classical music groups, I play in an amateur Irish band with other church members on Sundays. Someday I want to play metal.
Why I am a Mormon
I am a Mormon because of the love that God, my Father in Heaven, has shown to me throughout the entirety of my life. When I first read the Book of Mormon, it's teachings resonated with me, since many of the concepts were things that I had already discovered for myself. Eventually I worked up the courage to pray to God and to ask him if this small blue book was true. I received an answer and my life will never be the same.
How I live my faith
I think that I do my best at living my faith in Jesus Christ when I am working with my clients. I have learned so much about being humble and patient from those for whom I care-give. This last year, especially, I have been blessed to work with a young man with multiple disabilities. He has taught me so much. Because of the challenges he faces, I have had lots of opportunities to practice patience. I have also begun to learn how to put myself into the shoes of other people and see why they act in ways that annoy me. When I am able to do this, it is much easier for me to see them as a Son or Daughter of God and to love them in a poor mimicry of the love that Christ and God the Father show for them. He is also a marvelous example to me of charity (Christ's pure love for us). The love that he expresses to me for small acts of kindness feeds my capacity to love and appreciate my friends, family and people whom I don't particularly like. He has taught me that loving service brings joy. Like many other people, I have experienced extreme loneliness in my life. However, because of my knowledge of the Gospel of Christ (particularly the teaching "do unto others as you would have them do unto you" or to rephrase-- treat people the way you WANT to be treated, not the way that they have treated you), I take the things that I feel like I am missing out on and try to share them with others. I want all of my friends and family to know that they are loved by God, and that they are important to me.