Hi I'm Hilary.
I'm a favorite aunt. I'm a little sister. I'm competative. I'm happy! And I'm a Mormon.
I love life! I am the youngest of seven children and love being an aunt. I love my family so much and am constantly amazed at the lessons they teach me. I majored in Piano Performance and have recently enjoyed competing in duo piano competitions. I am married to my best friend who makes me grateful for him every day. I love to do anything outside (especially in the sunshine!), watch movies (mostly intense action ones), and read book. I love to laugh and love feeling peaceful.
Why I am a Mormon
I grew up as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I also lived in an area where there were lots of members of the church. Becuase of that, I was faced with a crucial decision Do I really NEED to find out if this all TRUE? I know that the principles of the gospel I've been living are good... isn't "good" enough? When we find something that is good, we are happy! We don't question, we don't really feel a need to seek it out more. Good is good! But what I discovered, becuase I DID decide to seek it out, was TRUTH. And truth has a far greater worth to the soul when weighed against the struggles we all face. My search consisted of doing the same things I had been doing all my life- going to church, reading the scriptures, trying to make good friends, avoiding bad situations... but something was different. My heart and my desires had changed. I really wanted to know if it was all from God. Through this process my relationship with God strengthened. I prayed becuase I had the desire to know God and to seek His counsel. I read the scriptures becuase I felt a need to learn and to apply the principles in my life. I went to church to remember and honor the Savior, Jesus Christ, and to receive the blessings of the sacrament. I started making better choices for the right reasons. When I made this change, my answers came quickly and very strongly. I felt such peace and assurance. I continue to feel that same peace each day as I try to draw closer to God. I know that God loves me. He wants me to be happy and to do all I can to help those around me be happy, too. He has put TRUTH on the earth so we don't have to choose between all of the "good" things in the world. If we follow the principles Christ taught, we can discover the truth and be happy. I love being a follower of Jesus Christ. It has helped me realize who I am and, more importantly, who I CAN be.
How I live my faith
I would say, first and foremost, that I try to live the principles that Jesus Christ taught- forgiveness, charity, service, repentance, faith...etc. Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints helps me to strengthen Christlike attributes. The organization is set up so that we learn how to serve, how to love, how to repent. By studying the scriptures each day and praying throughout the day, my faith in Jesus Christ turns into actions. My goal is to be changed so I can help others do the same! I am currently serving as a full time missionary in Portland, Oregon and loving it!! The gospel of Jesus Christ has changed my life- it is such a blessing to invite others to allow it to change theirs.