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Hi I'm Halley

I'm a wife and step-mother. I'm an American expatriate living in Ireland. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a newlywed and I have been blessed to marry my Prince Charming. We met while I was a student studying abroad for a semester in Ireland. I joke that I fell in love with the country first and then I fell in love with him. I always knew that I wanted to travel to Ireland someday but never in my wildest dreams did I ever expect to meet my future husband and eventually move there! It's cold and it rains a lot, much different from my Midwest roots, but with a good rain jacket and some wellies I've learned to adapt. I expect to develop webbed feet soon. I love my family which is now spread across the globe. My step-daughter is so much fun to be around. I love being a part of her life and helping her learn that she is a daughter of God. On my husband's side alone we encompass 4 nationalities; Irish, Croatian, Kiwi and American. A family reunion is like a meeting of the United Nations. We're all very different but that's what makes life interesting. We love having so many places to travel to and always with a bed to sleep in. I'm still working on figuring out what I want to be when I "grow up". A meteorologist in a country that always rains is like a sand merchant in the desert. I don't suppose I'll ever have it completely figured out, but I like to think I'm getting closer. In the meantime my husband and I will hike the country, discovering the beautiful things our home has to offer.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents both joined the Church shortly before I was born, and so I was raised in this faith. I loved how I felt on Sunday and at all of the different activities available for the youth. But when I went away to college it became something I really had to do for myself. I couldn't do it if I didn't want it, and so I prayed to know if what I was taught was true. It didn't come immediately, but the answer came in the form of two guys from my church in my college town. They took me to church every Sunday and made sure I felt included and a part of it all. This meant so much to me while I was trying to figure out what I believed. But I believed it, I believed in Jesus Christ and that this was His gospel. I gained a testimnony for myself that I wanted to continue to have those feelings for the rest of my life. I like to think of those two med students as Heavenly Father's helpers. Because the moment I gained a testimony and wanted to go for myself, they both up and got married and moved! Coincidence? I don't think so.

How I live my faith

I loved the gospel so much that I decided to serve as a missionary for the church for 18 months. It was amazing to get to dedicate my time, 24/7, to sharing my faith with others. Now that I'm home and the name tag is gone I am simply open about it. I talk about my mission and how important it was to me with others, even those who don't know very much. I don't do it to brag, but some people just don't know and it gives them the chance to ask an honest question to someone who is going to answer honestly. Every day I try and act how I would if the Savior were there with me, in class, at work, and wherever I am. I get to share that faith and testimony as I work with the youth of our branch. They are so strong and I am amazed by them everyday. I hope that by living the way Heavenly Father has asked me to I can encourage them to make good decisions which will bless their lives as well.

Who was Joseph Smith?

Joseph Smith was an instrument in the hands of God, an ordinary man. The time had come for the Gospel of Jesus Christ to be brought back to the earth in its fulness and Joseph Smith was called upon to do the Lord's will. He translated an ancient record known as The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ as additional evidence of Christ's mortal ministry. Through him, all of the same components of the church Christ established was brought back, including the authority to baptize, teach, and to receive revelation from God through prophets. Joseph Smith was simply a man, but Heavenly Father calls ordinary men to do His work. We do not worship Joseph Smith, but we do respect him for the sacrafices he made to bring this gospel forward so that we could enjoy those blessings in our lives today. Show more Show less