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Hi I'm Noel

I grew up in Idaho. I worked on a farm. I'm attending college. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hey, I'm a sophomore in college and I don't know what I'm studying right now. I love to dance, play the piano, play the flute, and take pictures. If something is beautiful or could have it's beauty enhanced by something I could do I love it. When I'm stressed I run, play the piano, or cook...which my roommates love. But most of all when the world seems to be crashing down I know that I can turn to my Father in Heaven and he will always have an answer for me. It may not be what I want to hear, but I can take comfort in the fact that it's what I need to hear--for he knows me better than I could ever know myself.

Why I am a Mormon

I found the Mormon religion mostly because I was born into it. My mom has been a member her whole life and my dad converted when he was in college. His conversion story is incredible, and I love to hear about it. I guess you can say that I just had the best thing in the world placed in my lap. The downside of that was I didn't realize what I had until my perfect world crumbled around me. Growing up I could say that I had a testimony, the only problem was that it wasn't mine personally. I relied very heavily on the testimony of my parents which I thought was unshakable. I was the oldest of 4 kids, we had a comfortable home, and although there were little tiffs in our relationship I thought that we had it figured out and made...nothing was out of line. My Freshman year of high school I went into seminary thinking I knew everything. And because of the kind of class I was in it seemed like it. My teacher and I got along really well and I did what I was supposed to. I wasn't very humble about it though, I guess you could say I kinda had a pious attitude about the fact that I had been raised a member my whole life and I KNEW it was true. I needed an awakening though, and the summer after my freshman year I got it. My family, in the space of 3 months, completely fell apart. My dad started spending more time outside of the home a criticizing my family and what we did. Over the next 3 years of high school I watched him make some decisions that not only affected him personally, but affected our home and family as well. Parents try to keep things from their kids, but we can pick up on them, and all too soon I knew all the details of what was going on and i was crushed. My mom who had never worked a day in my life went back to school, my dad was rarely home, and people that I trusted deeply let me down. My grades dropped and my choice of activities took a turn down the "not so sunshine and daisies" path that I had been used to for so many years. It wasn't until this time in my life that I realized that I needed my Savior's hand in my life. The summer between my sophomore and Junior year I had the opportunity to attend an EFY session in Rexburg and then to attend girls camp. The foundation of my testimony was saved at these two functions. For the first time I began to understand what the Atonement meant and what it was like to truly know my Savior. I was still fairly flippant about my schooling and about the church itself until I graduated and started attending a singles ward in a small town where I worked. I truly learned that I was a needed member of my branch in that setting. I grew to understand that people cared about me and wanted me to be at church and they wanted to hear my testimony. When I went to school I continued to grow in the gospel. I had professors, Relief Society presidents, and roommates that took the time to truly get to know me. To see past all the baggage that I had acquired and see that I had true potential. It took me two semesters of intense attention and love from these wonderful people to catch a glimpse of what they kept telling me they could see. Over the summer (2010) I began to help others see what it has taken me so long to see. I worked with a couple of my cousins that are baptized but not active and tried to share my testimony with them as often and appropriately as possible. I would read my scriptures in the car and leave them out and they would ask me about them...and I tried my hardest to never work on a Sunday unless harvest absolutely wouldn't permit it. A brother in my branch called me to be the 1st counselor in the Relief Society presidency, and also asked me to make an effort to come on an amazing trip to Nauvoo with the rest of the branch. If for any reason that I have ever considered for my belief in this magnificent church, this trip would be at the top of the list. Heavenly Father knew I was struggling, he knew i needed a pick me up...and so he sent me to Nauvoo. I will forever be grateful for the testimony I gained on that sacred ground and in that holy temple, for angels certainly attended me there. I know, with all my heart now, that this is the true church of Jesus Christ. People may mess up, people may not always live the gospel, people may not always emulate Christ...but we've all been given the opportunity to change for the better. I not only believe this gospel, I love it, I cherish it, and I want to live every day of my life worthy to partake in it's goodness...through faithfulness to the covenants I've made.

How I live my faith

Well currently I'm the relief society pianist, a calling I've had many times and am very grateful for. I believe that one of the greatest ways to share the spirit and the gospel is through music. I also live my faith by dressing modestly and doing my best to be in attendance, on time and reverently, to my church meetings. There is such a blessing from following the counsel we receive each Sunday.