Hi I'm Holly
I grew up in North Carolina and moved to Utah for college. There I studied political science and education policy, and I danced 5 hours a day. I wish I could still fox trot every day! For 3 years I lived in a tiny town of 1600 people in western Colorado, and I now live in a bigger small town in Maryland. When we moved here we thought we made the big leagues because we now have our very own Walmart and even -- gasp! -- a Dairy Queen. We're living large. I have one wonderful husband, two gorgeous daughters, one dog, and two chickens. I go to the library several times a week, jazzercise every day, and always eat chocolate before bedtime.
Why I am a Mormon
I was raised in a household of Mormons. All the family I knew were members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I grew up in the gospel, and I am still growing in the gospel. I have never doubted my testimony of Jesus Christ or the restoration of His church because I can remember the many spiritual witnesses I have had during my lifetime that the gospel is true. I remember the times I felt the Spirit when I prayed, or when I read the Book of Mormon, or when I sang a favorite hymn. I remember that when I pray daily and read my scriptures, I feel good. I have the Holy Ghost with me to help me be happy. I am a Mormon because I choose to be every day. It is not simply a default. I WANT to spend my Sundays going to church and worshiping God. I WANT to pay my tithing and help serve in the church. I WANT to wear modest clothes and use clean language and follow all of God's commandments. I have never felt that I have missed out on anything because of my faith. I love being a Mormon. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and that it testifies of Jesus Christ as the Son of God and as my Savior.
How I live my faith
Our local church group is very small. I am responsible for teaching and organizing activities for all 12-18 year-old girls, which means I am in charge of exactly one teenage girl. I prepare lessons for her every Sunday, and we talk about Christ, repentance, and faith. She is a special person who inspires me to be better. Every Tuesday I attend a bible study group with local Christians from other faiths. I love meeting together and talking about the Savior with fellow Christians. I always learn from them and feel gratitude for how the Bible can help me come closer to Christ.