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Hi I'm Faith

I'm a runner. I love to travel. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am from a small, beautiful town in Arizona called Sedona. I love to run, hike, and be outdoors. I have done development work in Peru, Guatemala, Tanzania, and Mexico, doing projects to help people generate income, become educated, and learn to be healthier. Traveling and service are two of my greatest loves. My name is Faith because it took a lot of faith on behalf of my parents to get me here. I was born after my mom was bedfast for six months. When I was two days old, it was discovered that I had a fatal congenital heart defect. At 9 months old I underwent open heart surgery. After my surgery, at times my prognosis was very grim. My family put my life in the Lord's hands, fasting, praying, and giving me priesthood blessings. I have enjoyed perfect health ever since. My parent's faith has blessed me throughout my life in many ways. I have since been a Mormon missionary in Paraguay, gotten married to the love of my life, and we have had two baby boys who were born early and didn't make it. I would be truly depressed if it weren't for my faith. Thanks to the restored gospel, I have hope. I know I can see my babies again. I don't understand God's ways all the time, but I do believe He has a plan for each of us that will all make sense one day.

Why I am a Mormon

The gospel makes everything else in life make more sense. There are inumerable reasons why I'm Mormon, but I feel like C.S. Lewis when he said, "I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else." Growing up in an area with very few other Mormons, I came to know that obedience to Jesus Christ is the only true source of happiness. I am so thankful for my knowledge of Jesus Christ. He deepens my joys, comforts me, improves my perspective, opens opportunities, and pours out peace in a world where it can be hard to find. He makes so much more out of my life than I ever could alone.

How I live my faith

Right now I am a missionary for the Church. I am serving in Asuncion, Paraguay. It is the greatest privilege I've ever had to dedicate all my time to teaching others the thing that is most important to me--the gospel of Jesus Christ. But before I was a missionary I lived my faith in every day ways: serving callings in my ward, helping others when I could, writing on my blog (www.faithinjerusalem.blogspot.com) about my testimony, and doing whatever I could to exercise my faith. Living the gospel includes simple, every day activities that build a relationship with God: reading scriptures, praying, asking God and seeking answers to life's daily questions about what I should do. There is a reason I live the gospel, there is a reason I am serving a mission: because the gospel of Jesus Christ is everything to me. It is the path to happiness (the ONLY path to true happiness). It provides perspective, meaning, and purpose for this life.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

I believe that everyone can and must know for themselves there is a God. You can't know he exists just because your family does and you can't assume He doesn't exist because life is hard or others have told He doesn't. Somethings that tell me there is a God is the feeling I get when I ask if He is there, or when I kneel down and really ask if He loves me. I feel His love every time. Other things that allow me to feel His love is nature. Some of the most powerful spiritual moments of my life have been outside in they beauty of nature while I've been out running or hiking. When I see all of that, or when I think about how amazing the human body is....I can't help but know God lives, and feel gratitude that God created it for us, His children. Here's a blog post I wrote about it once: http://faithinjerusalem.blogspot.com/search?q=work+and+glory Show more Show less