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I won a pageant this year, with my platform being depression awareness. I'm not a pageant kind of person, so it's still a little funny that I won. One would look at me and see my long blonde hair, bright green eyes, hear my loud singing voice, and see my cute family, and wonder how someone like me could suffer from a mental illness. But I am here to tell you that it does not matter who you are or what your circumstances may be--anyone can have depression. So, the reason for doing the previously mentioned pageant was to raise awareness for depression, and let everyone know how common it really is, and even someone who is a beauty queen can suffer from a mental illness. It doesn't change who I am or what I believe. It's just one of the trials that Heavenly Father gave to me that I am going to have to deal with in my life through reliance on Him.
Whenever I am feeling down, I know that there is always one who understands--Jesus Christ. He's been through absolutely everything. And it's not just when I'm feeling down either. He understands absolutely EVERYTHING--my joys, my sadness, my anger, my worries, my excitements, etc. He's been through everything. I feel like my goal on this earth is to work to be able to be with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ again. Being a Mormon is the greatest thing in my life. It gives me hope when I feel like hope is lost, and I know that no matter how far I may fall off of the good path, there is always a way back through the atonement. I am willing to do absolutely anything for my Savior, without hesitation. It makes my heart hurt when I see people who don't have the Gospel, or have chosen a different path astray from the teachings of Jesus Christ. I am grateful for the power of the Priesthood, the power of God, on the earth today, for I have seen it work miracles in my life. I know that that is the reason for which this is the true church--we have the Priesthood. Christ is coming again to rule and reign the earth, and I will be ready, and I want to help others be ready to fight on His side, instead of Satan's evil side. Satan is real and he will not stop at trying to get us onto his evil side. The only way to stop him is to rely 100% on the Lord Jesus Christ and devote my life to Him. As President Jeffery R. Holland said, "He knows the way because He is the way." He knows me better than I know myself and what I need to do in this life to be successful. He makes life happy. It may not be easy, in fact, I KNOW it's not going to be easy, but it's going to be so worth it. I cannot wait to see His face again some day and kiss his feet and just BE in His presence and feel His love. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love each of us SO much and want us to be with them again. We just need to prove ourselves worthy.
I have served in various callings throughout my lifetime. I worked with the little children during Sunday. I loved teaching them about Jesus and seeing their faces light up when I gave them chicken nuggets. ;) It was so beautiful to see their pure and sweet spirits always shining through. Now, I am in charge of planning activities for the women in our ward to bond and get to know each other better and to feel the spirit. Going back to the pageant thing-- When I competed, I knew that I was not going to wear an immodest dress. I also knew that I wasn't going to spend tons of money of outfits and dresses either, so it was a bit of a search, but I made it work. I was the only girl in the pageant who had sleeves on her dress. I don't mind what other girls chose to wear or what they do, but I was proud that I stood up for my standards, and I made my Heavenly Father proud. And it was so satisfying to have people come up to me afterwards and thank me for being modest.