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Hi I'm Laney

I am obsessed with Spanish and the ukulele. I love beautiful things (especially sunsets) and spontaneity. I blog. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently a student at Brigham Young University-Idaho and am majoring in Spanish Education. I served an eighteen month mission in Concepcion, Chile. This mission has changed my life; I now feel such a strong connection with those who are thousands of miles away. I am the eldest of seven in my family. I love the sky and all things pretty. I am kind of a social homebody. I am obsessed with stories. I love talking to everyone I meet and learning about their experiences, but I also love staying at home and learning more about my eternal family. I am an eternal optimist. I am convinced the world is full of wonderful people with wonderful intentions. Life, in my opinion, is meant to be enjoyed. Because of the blessings of the gospel, I experience joy everywhere I go. I love my life more than I can adequately describe.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a pretty lucky girl. I was born to awesome parents who anxiously raised me to live the way I should. I attended church throughout my youth because it was just something that I did. I went to activities and read the scriptures and tried my best to do what was right because it was just something that I did. It wasn't until I entered my teenage years that I really began to recognize that my decision to be a Mormon needed to be based on something more substantial than a reliance on my rock-solid parents and habit. Life got a little more difficult and I struggled to find that testimony for myself. I started to read the scriptures more earnestly and to pray with real intent. I slowly gained a testimony about different aspects of the gospel. As I tested the effect of each principle of the gospel, whether it was tithing or the word of wisdom, I found that blessings and happiness were given to me liberally as I obeyed. I love choosing the right and sharing the light of the gospel with others because it really brings me joy. The Lord has blessed me beyond belief. My life hasn't always been peachy keen, but I have been able to see the Lord's hand in my life through it all. He loves me and wants the best for me. And the best is certainly the principles of the gospel. I am a Mormon. I know it. I live it. I love it!

How I live my faith

I try to live the gospel by making my testimony come to life. In my opinion, it's silly to remember all of the ways Heavenly Father has blessed me and NOT live the gospel. I try to be the best I can be, and I go to bed thinking that tomorrow will be a better day. I am continually improving, and when I mess up -- I mess up all the time -- I rely on the Savior to pick me up. I have had several responsibilities in my college ward for young single adults. Right now, I am over a group of thirty girls, and I love the awesome chance I get to know and love them. I try to look for other ways to serve, whether it be smiling at someone who is drowning in homework at the library or serving in the temple. I carry this attitude throughout the week as I try to serve as Christ would. This service is an attitude that has benefited my life in infinite ways. I also live my faith by sharing it with others. I grew up in an area where there were very few Mormon teenagers, and sharing the gospel was an opportunity that I got almost daily. Now, in a town where 99.9 percent of the population is Mormon, I have had to get a little creative to share the gospel truths that I love. I love using social media, especially my blog, to spread happiness to those I associate with.

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

I think one of the most incredible things about the Gospel is the fact that there is order in everything! As I read about the life of the prophets, it is so obvious that the Lord chooses his servants early on and prepares them through their lives to assume that responsibility. There is no politics involved, but it is a unanimous decision guided by the Lord. Isn't that the coolest thing in the world?? Show more Show less