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Hi I'm Haley

I'm a convert to the LDS Church and it's the greatest blessing in my life!

About Me

My name is Haley and I was baptized in March of 2008. I went to church for three years before I was baptized. My husband and I were sealed in the Temple in January of 2010. He's a chiropractor and working with his father in their family practice. I have been going to school and in August of 2010, I will be starting school to become an esthetician. My husband and I love playing games and being outside. Tennis is our newest hobby!

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized in the Presbyterian Church when I was a baby, but my family stopped going to church when I was three. Growing up, I had the desire to learn more about Heavenly Father and His son, Jesus Christ. I went to church with my friends a lot. I went to Catholic church and appreciated their reverent services. I went to basic Christian churches and enjoy the singing and enthusiasm of the church members. I went to many other churches with friends, but I never felt at home. I had a lot of friends in High School who were Mormon. I realized that this was one faith that I had heard many strange stories about but I didn't really know what they really believed in. I began asking questions to my closest friends about what they believed in. I was so interested in this faith no one talked about. Eventually, one of my friends finally said, "Why don't you just come to church with us one day and see for yourself?" I was blown away. I knew I wasn't allowed in the Temple if I wasn't a member, how could I go to church with them? I quickly learned that LDS Church Members go to church in smaller Ward Buildings and their was one close to where I lived! I began attending church with my friends and their families. Every time I went, I listened to the hymns, the speakers, the lessons about Jesus Christ.... I was overwhelmed with the spirit every time I went. Three hours seemed to fly by. The more I learned the more perplexed I became... Where was this scary church everyone talked about? These Mormons are being taught principles from the Bible just like every other Christian church I went to. These LDS members are CHRISTIAN! Their Gospel is focused completely around Jesus Christ. They believe in Heavenly Father, His son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost... Just like I do? What's so weird about this church? I love the family values of all the members. I loved how reverent everyone was and how involved each member was. Everyone had a calling and a job in the Ward to keep it running. I really enjoyed that the members were asked to speak every week and I felt that I left each Sunday with more Gospel knowledge than at any other Church I had been to. I continued to go for three years. I learned more and more about the Gospel. I started reading to Book of Mormon and my testimony grew and grew. I learned that the Book of Mormon was scripture for our life today. In addition to the Bible, we can use this Book of scripture and apply it to our lives to be better members of our Heavenly Father's Church. If we follow the teachings in our scriptures, we will learn how to return to live with Heavenly Father someday. I was baptized in March of 2008 and the impact this Gospel has made on my life is something so powerful, that it's difficult for me to describe. I have a strong testimony of this Gospel and it's power to bless your life. My only wish, is to be able to share with others the experience I had in this Church so that they might take one chance to try it out and see if it affects them and their testimony as they sit through the church services. I testify, that your false pretenses about this Church will fade with the overwhelming spirit you will feel in these church meetings. I know that mine did and I know that I have never been happier. I often wonder how I lived my life before when I didn't have the Gospel. I testify to all of you, that it was the best decision I will ever make.

How I live my faith

I was recently called to be the Beehive Advisor (I teach the 12-13 year old girls every Sunday) in our new ward and I love the opportunity to participate in young women's because I didn't get to when I was their age. My husband is the Sunday School teacher for the 14-15 year olds and we love working with the youth in our ward.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Haley
This is something I struggled with as a convert. To know that Mormonism is true, you must study it out for yourself. You cannot rely on the testimonies of others to carry you to the answer. You must attend church meetings and learn the basic principles of the Gospel. Take the Missionary discussions and listen with an open heart. Put aside your previous judgements and really learn from these Missionaries and other church members what we TRULY believe in. Read the Book of Mormon. Read it with and open heart. "And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost." (Moroni 10:4) After you study it for yourself, you must pray. Ask God yourself, if Mormonism is true. If you truly have a desire to know and you have studied it with an open and sincere heart, Heavenly Father will testify the truth of it unto you. Show more Show less