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Hi I'm Hali

I grew up in a small town. I'm a mom and a college student. I like to be active and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a mom to 4 great kids! I love being a mom. My kids make me so happy and teach me everyday! I am married to my best friend, who is a convert to the Mormon church. Because he joined the church, our paths crossed and I have no doubt that the Lord had a hand in that. We were meant for each other! I enjoy being active. I like to run a little to try and stay in shape. I love following my kids to their many activities and being involved in the community. I love working with the youth in the church and also in the Cub Scout program. My family is everything to me! I am fortunate to live close to many family members and I'm grateful for that.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Mormon church. I was taught from a young age the many great teachings of our church. I have had times in my life where I had to decide whether or not I really believed. I have asked our Father in Heaven to help me understand things at different times and over and over again, I have received the confirmation that this is our Father in Heaven's church here on earth. As I read the Book of Mormon, I am taught things that apply to my life today. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet who saw God the Father and His son Jesus Christ in our time. He restored His church for us today and translated the Book of Mormon for our use. I am so grateful for that knowledge!

How I live my faith

My activity in church is a daily part of my life and I love it. It gives my life more meaning and I feel loved and needed. I teach a class once a month to the women in our congregation. My lesson topics come from the talks given by our leaders in our Semi-Annual General Conference. I learn so much - probably more than anyone in the class! I also help to organize a Girl's Camp for the girls ages 14-18 in our area. This is one of my favorite responsibilities in the church! The girls are so strong and come ready to soak up the Spirit that can only be felt in nature surrounded by God's beautiful creations! I try to find other ways to serve and provide opportunities for my children to serve our neighbors and those in need.

What is the Relief Society?

Hali
The Relief Society is a great organization for the women in our church. We meet each Sunday and learn from inspired manuals and teachers. It is a great place to feel included and needed. We look out for each other and support each other in times of need and in our joys. I love being part of an organization that does so much service for others. The motto of the Relief Society is "Charity Never Faileth." They teach charity, which is the true love of Christ. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Hali
All Mormons are not required to serve a mission. It's actually a great opportunity to serve a mission. Those who go, really want to go. They have prepared for years spiritually, physically and financially. Most missionaries pay their own way. They have lived a morally clean life and adhere to strict rules while they are on their mission - rules that are designed to provide an atmosphere where they are worthy to receive inspiration and provide protection. I have not served a mission, but hope to later in my life when my husband and I are "empty nesters." We hope to serve together. We are preparing our children now and hope that when they are the appropriate age to serve a mission, they will choose to go. Show more Show less