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Hi I'm Haley

I love books, nature, and my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Southern California, and am now living in Utah for a while, as my husband found a job after college in the Salt Lake area. I love music, literature, and the outdoors, and we go hiking at least one or two weekends each month. I also love people and parties, and love to have friends over to our home. In 2008, I married the love of my life, and we would love to start a family soon. He and I graduated college in 2009 and 2010, respectively. I am working as a private tutor, specializing in students with ADHD and other learning disabilities.

Why I am a Mormon

It is difficult for me to articulate exactly why I choose to be a Mormon. I was raised by LDS parents, but I gained my own testimony at a young age and have always loved going to church. The Church and the gospel have been great sources of strength for me in times of struggle. Throughout my teenage years, I was the only member at my school, and although at times that made things difficult, I had to choose then whether I really believed in the gospel or whether I would rather fit in at school. I am so glad that I did take the leap of faith to stay true to my beliefs even when it was most difficult. I love the Church's emphasis on a personal relationship with God; mine has sustained me through many trials. I also love the Mormon doctrines about the eternal nature of our spirits and our families. Those beliefs give me hope, and they make everything more meaningful and worthwhile. My faith in God and belief in Christ's atonement uplifts and comforts me every single day. I know that I would be lost without it.

How I live my faith

One of the things I love best about being a Mormon is the sense of friendship and fellowship in the Church. Each month, I go with a friend to visit other women in our ward. We prepare and share a message, and then offer any service they need. We also often pray together and for one another. This program is called Visiting Teaching, and it has blessed my life in so many ways. My closest friends are women that I have met through this program. It is a wonderful way to get to know my neighbors on a more personal level than small talk at the community's mailbox, and I enjoy friendships with women I often would not otherwise have been drawn to. I also lead the children in Singing Time each Sunday. I love the opportunity to work with them, as I have not been able to have any children of my own. Their sweet spirits and simple joy reminds me to find happiness in small things, and teaching them the simple, beautiful truths of the gospel reinforces my testimony. In addition to these activities, I play the organ for Sunday meetings. I have always loved music, and I love having this opportunity to help others enjoy beautiful hymns that testify of God's love for each of us. I often find my questions answered by lyrics to these hymns, and I believe that using music in worship is a type of prayer; as I sing words that express my own feelings so eloquently, I know that God hears me and appreciates my intentions.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Haley
I think people are taken aback by how much the LDS Church seems to require of its members. We have also sort of developed our own subculture with lots of different traditions, catchphrases and vocabulary, and even jokes unique to our religion. It is a rich and complex culture and religion, and can easily be overwhelming. As far as the extremist or unorthodox connotations of the word "cult," our church can seem a little different, but we are first and foremost followers of Jesus Christ and all that He teaches. We do not try to isolate or hide ourselves; rather, we love associating with friends of all faiths, and are happy to answer questions about our church. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Haley
Absolutely! Mormons teach that men and women are all beloved children of God. As God's children, we are working towards the divine ideal, and we believe that part of God's plan for us includes gender roles. God gives us special abilities and responsibilities to fulfill for our own happiness. Many Mormon women choose to stay home with their children, especially when they are young, because we believe that families are eternal and that we will be together, as families, forever. Consequently, a mother with young children has interests that revolve around home and family. But each family makes this choice for themselves, and many Mormon women have jobs outside the home. Show more Show less