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Hi I'm Holly

I'm a daughter, a sister, and a favorite auntie. I'm an avid learner and a language teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in rural western Maryland, the youngest of a very large, very loud, very fun family. I love spending time with them, especially my nieces and nephews. Although I live in the city, I am a country girl at heart. I love music and have been learning to play the mandolin. I enjoy biking, reading, baking, and learning new things. I love setting goals and working toward accomplishing them. I'm fascinated by languages, although I only speak English and a little bit of Spanish. I studied TESOL, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, and I love meeting and working with people from different countries and cultures. In my current job, I develop textbooks to teach US soldiers the languages where they will be deployed. Right now I am working on Dari and Pashto, languages of Afghanistan, but I also work with native speakers of French, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, Urdu, Farsi, and Russian. Many of my coworkers are Muslim, and I enjoy learning about their traditions and faith and seeing how it relates to my own. Working in such a diverse environment is challenging at times, but it helps me remember that, no matter where we are from or what our backgrounds are, we are all God's children.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have read the Book of Mormon and I know it is true. I have lived the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and they have brought me closer to God. Jesus said, "By their fruits ye shall know them" (Matthew 7:20). The fruits of the gospel of Jesus Christ in my life have been light, peace, and joy. Even when I've felt overwhelmed by difficulties I've had to face in my life, the teachings of Christ in the Bible and the Book or Mormon have brought me comfort, strength, and, most importantly, hope. They've given me an assurance that God is there for me, that he will always be there for me as I seek him. And I know that's true for all of us. He loves us, and he will never leave us alone.

How I live my faith

My faith affects how I live my life every day. The decisions I make, big and small, stem from my belief in my Savior Jesus Christ and my knowledge that I am a child of a Father in Heaven who knows me and loves me. I do things daily to strengthen my relationship with God, things like prayer and reading the scriptures. I attend church weekly to remember the promises I've made with Him and to fellowship with others who are trying to be more like Christ. I teach Sunday School in my congregation, which gives me the chance to study the scriptures and think about how to apply their principles in my life. Overall, I just try everyday to remember Christ and to do things that he would do. I'm not perfect at it, but I try.

What is the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon is another witness that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world. Like the Bible, it's the writings of prophets who lived anciently. While the Bible is about God's dealings with his children in Jerusalem and the Middle East, the Book of Mormon is about God's dealings with his children in the ancient Americas. The Book of Mormon teaches about Jesus Christ and his Atonement, God's plan for us, and his gospel. It goes hand-in-hand with the Bible to testify of Christ's divinity and his role as our Savior. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

In the Bible, James says that if anyone lacks wisdom, he can ask God, and that God will answer him (James 1:5-6). I know that as you study and pray, showing your true desire to know, God will help you know that the things you are studying are true. I also know that as you begin to follow God's commandments as found in the scriptures and in the teachings of modern prophets, you'll start to see positive changes in your life. You'll experience more inner peace, a sense of comfort or happiness. That's the influence of the Holy Ghost telling you that it's true. Show more Show less