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Hi I'm Hayley

I'm from the Pacific Northwest. I'm a granola I love books, music, and the great outdoors. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love life and I love love! Those are probably the most important things about me. Aside from that I come from a small family but they are so important to me and I have learned so much from them as I've gotten older. I'm recently married to the love of my life and couldn't be happier! I love nature--I love the great outdoors and I was so blessed to grow up in a family where we basically lived outside--camping, hiking, fishing, you name it! I love to read, take photos, cook, sew, play piano, and just about anything else. Mostly I just love being with people and learning about their lives. I've met so many incredible and wonderful people from so many different backgrounds. It's evidence of me that God loves us just because of how much we can learn from each other.

Why I am a Mormon

My faith is the most important thing to me. I know a lot of people say that, but there's so much to that. Aside from giving me a guideline about how I should live my life or what things I should avoid, it gives me confidence about who I am and how I fit in to this world. I've struggled along with the rest of humanity to feel wanted, loved, or accepted, but the best part about the gospel of Jesus Christ is that it gives us a recipe for exactly how we can feel like we are important and that we matter. Most importantly, my faith teaches me about love. Love, to me, is the single greatest and most important characteristic for happiness. When we love God, our fellowman and even our self, we begin to understand so much more about who we are and what our purpose is. And the best example of this kind of love that we have ever had is Jesus Christ. I try to think about all of my bad experiences being combined into just one hour and I can't even imagine it. To know that not just some person, but my brother, Jesus Christ experienced not just that, but the hard times of all the people who have ever lived or who will ever live is the greatest act of love I can imagine. There is absolutely NOTHING that brings me greater comfort or peace than knowing that Jesus Christ died for me. And I know, that as times get harder, as the inevitably will, I can ALWAYS find peace and comfort in my personal relationship with Heavenly Father and his Son, Jesus Christ. Belief in Jesus Christ as the Savior of the world is the most foundational piece of doctrine to the the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. And that is why I've dedicated my life to this religion, to this faith. Being able to feel love, to share love, and to be loved by others is the foundation of my life and this is what it means to be Mormon.

How I live my faith

Being an active participant in my faith means I get to serve. And yes, I said GET to serve! That is the best part about being a mormon. We get to actively participate in our faith. We get to show each other and those in the community how much we love them by donating our time and our resources if possible. We find ways of uplifting one another and carrying each other's burdens whenever we can. After experiencing a lot of difficult time in my own life, having such wonderful people around me to strengthen me and give me hope has taught me that I can find incredible happiness by doing the same for others. The best part of our faith is paying it forward. And is the kind of love that is central to my life. I've learned so much about love from my own experiences, that I had to dedicate 18 months of my life to serving a mission. It was the best time of my life. I had the chance to see how our Heavenly Father loves his children and how much he wants us to be happy. It gave me so much hope for my own life. And that's why my faith is so important to me. Without it, I wouldn't know who I am. With it, I am sure about my purpose and where I am going.