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Hi I'm Holly from Charleston, SC

I grew up in Preston, Id. I have 4 kids. Currently live near the ocean in SC. Love the coast, miss the mountains. Life is good.

About Me

I grew up in a small town in Idaho. I had four younger brothers and an older sister. I was infact rasied as a Mormon, although I fell away from the church at a very young age. We were very poor by the worlds standards. I attended Utah State University and then moved to Salt Lake City to work. I worked for a good bit at the Salt Lake Olympic Committee for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games as an Office Manager for the Logistics department. After I had my first child in 2001, I decided I would stay home with my kids. I did't want to miss a moment. I am married to a good man from Washington state, we have four children together. Two boys, two girls, ages 4, 6, 8, 10. Needless to say life is crazy. We live in Charleston, South Carolina where we came for my husband's work. We are constantly in awe of the staggering beauty of this place. The ocean is serene and upon seeing it, I am often reminded of the quote: "Man is equally incapable of seeing the nothingness from which he emerges and the infinity in which he is engulfed" - Blaise Pascal

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in Preston Idaho. A very small town. I grew up believing Mormon's comprised an easy 80% of the entire world. I attended college at Utah State University where I quickly realized there weren't quite as many as I had imagined. After I graduated from USU, I moved to Salt Lake City to work. I spent my time working and then partying with friends. I felt that the Lord certainly had forgotten me years ago, just as I had forgotten him. . These were difficult years for me and as much as I felt against the church, I could not help to notice that my brothers, who were just returning from missions, seemed to have a happiness and peace in their lives that I was sure I did not have. At first I wrote it off to them just "pretending" or even being downright delusional. The more time I spent with them, the more I realized they were not faking it. They really felt it. I could also tell by looking at them and watching their actions, that they really felt happy and in general, at peace with the direction their lives were taking them. What shocked me most of all was how much fun they could have without drinking! Who knew? These same brothers encouraged me to read the Book of Mormon and to give it a chance without feeling like I had to make a commitment to anything. I couldn't believe what I was about to do. I mean, how could I actually open that book after so many years of making fun of it and mocking the church? But I gave it a chance. My brothers spent a lot of time with me. They answered ALL my questions. And I had a lot because I was leery about a lot of things I had heard. At one point I was told "Just Pray About It, the Lord can not lie." Another person told me "You will hear the truth, and the truth shall set you free." So I did. And I liked the fact that I could go directly to the source (the Lord) and not take anyone else's word for it. I stuck with it, went to church, and eventually found the peace and direction I was seeking.

How I live my faith

I try to attend church every Sunday. The days that I miss I seem to have a downer day and not such a great week. I really depend on my weekly meetings to rejuvenate me for the week to come. I try to live everyday as I believe the Lord would want me to. I have come to a determination over the years that the Lord has given us this very life that we are living. We think it belongs to us and is ours a lone but that is simply not true. The Lords lends us breath from moment to moment, day to day. The best way I can repay Him for EVERYTHING He has done for me is to seek Him daily in prayer, in a humble manner and ask "What would thou have me do today." Am I always as consistent with this as I should be? No. But I have found that the times I stick with it, life goes just a bit easier. And easy is good! I love my Savior. He has seen me through so much. Truly, He is my friend and indeed at times it has seemed, my ONLY friend. When we (as a family) made this long trek East (my husband, myself, and my four kids) to come to South Carolina for a job, I remember thinking "Oh no, I'm going to be all alone out there! I won't know anyone!" And a quick panic set in. And then as quickly as I had thought this, the thought came into my mind "Holly, you are NEVER alone." I realized that this was true and was quickly put at ease that everything would be ok.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Holly from Charleston, SC
Absolutely not. We have been taught that the first great commandment is to Love the Lord thy God, and that the second is like unto it. To love and serve thy fellow man. That could be anyone, anywhere. There are people everywhere who are searching for truth or who need a helping hand. All you have to do is look around. The Savior told us "If ye love me, feed my sheep." It's pretty simple. He depends on us to help his children, no matter what religion, denomination, or whatever! They are all the same to Him. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Holly from Charleston, SC
The Lord would never expect anyone to do anything without thinking it through and praying for ourselves. He gave us a mind for a reason. He also gave to all the ability to feel the Holy Spirit, if we want to. We can feel certain things and ask the Lord ourselves is something is true or not. We do not have to depend on someone else to tell us the Lord's will for us, or take any one elses word for anything. We can read, pray and ponder for ourselves. And we can do it whenever we feel it is right. We are His children, and He knows us personally. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Holly from Charleston, SC
Stop acting like it isn't happening. Address it directly and straight forwardly in both Priesthood and Relief Society. Stop acting like we are too perfect to have it happen to us. When infant, statistics show it is being viewed at a high rate in Utah / among Mormons then anywhere else. Stop the insanity. And remember that sometimes "All is not ALWAYS well in Zion." Show more Show less