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Hi I'm Abby

I'm an English teacher in Japan, a psychology graduate, a sister of ten. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I come from a family of eleven kids, and I am the middle child. My two youngest sisters were adopted when I was a junior in high school. It has been awesome having them become part of our eternal family. Though my family is very big and things can be kind of crazy at my house, I wouldn't have it any other way. All of my siblings have their own unique talents and traits which make my family complete. My parents are incredible. They are some of the most selfless and humble people on the planet, and do everything they can to show love and support to me and my siblings. I have learned so much from my family. I know that families are a crucial part of God's plan. A few things I like to do are play lacrosse, hang out with friends, and go to concerts. The Flaming Lips, Sufjan Stevens, and Fleet Foxes are some of my favorite artists. I also really enjoy traveling. During my senior year of college I was able to do a study abroad program in which I visited 12 countries in four months. I traveled to many countries in Africa, Asia, and Central America and spent about 4-7 days in each country. In 2012 I graduated from BYU with a degree in Psychology. After graduating, I moved to Japan to be an English teacher and absolutely loved my time there. While living in Japan I developed a strong love for the Japanese people, and learned priceless life lessons from them. I don't know what adventure my life will bring next, but I'm excited for it.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents joined the Church just after they were married, and raised my family using gospel principles. Growing up, I thought the Church had good teachings (service, honesty, chastity) and I wanted to be a good person, so I did my best to follow it. As a kid this seemed like a good reason to be Mormon. Over time, however, I recognized that anyone can be a good person, regardless of their faith. So why was it important for me to be Mormon instead of just live by a high moral standard? The first reason I'm Mormon is because I have felt God's love. It is by feeling this love that I realized there is a God, He is aware of me, and He has a plan for me. The second reason I'm Mormon is because I have developed a relationship with Jesus Christ. I know He suffered for my pain, sorrows, and sins. Because Christ atoned for me, I have the opportunity to learn and repent so I can reach my full potential. Another reason I choose to be Mormon is because there are ordinances I must participate in during my life. The scriptures teach the importance of baptism, taking the sacrament, and being sealed as eternal families. These ordinances are beautiful parts of God's plan because they allow us to live with God and our families forever. Finally, being Mormon just makes sense to me. As I have followed the teachings of the gospel, I have been happy and felt good about life. I know God's ultimate goal is for me to be happy, and so I have chosen to put my trust in Him.

How I live my faith

Living my faith is a decision I make every day. I know if I am not working to strengthen my relationship with God, that relationship is getting weaker. Because of this, I strive to grow closer to God and Jesus Christ each day. Meaningful prayers help me feel closer to God because I can thank Him for blessings He has given me and ask for guidance. I also am able to grow closer to Christ by reading daily from the scriptures; the Bible and the Book of Mormon teach me about the Savior's life and give me examples I can apply to my life. This helps me see things I can do to improve and gives answers to questions I have. Sometimes when I am getting ready in the morning, I listen to talks online from General Conference. The messages from current Prophets and Apostles help me know what God wants to tell people now, just as the prophets in the scriptures gave counsel to people living in ancient times. I know that when I do these things I am happier. I feel more confidence and peace when I do these things because I know it gives God opportunities to guide me. Though I strive to live my faith the best I can, I know that I am not perfect. I am grateful to my Heavenly Father for sending His son, Jesus Christ, to atone for my sins. Because of the Atonement I can repent each day, and try harder to live as God wants me to. I think one of the most beautiful things about life is the process of progression. I know if I trust God he will make me into the best person I can be.

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

One scripture I love from the Book of Mormon is 1 Nephi 11:16-17. It says, "And he said unto me: Knowest thou the condescension of God? And I said unto him: I know that he loveth his children; nevertheless, I do not know the meaning of all things." This scripture helps me when I don't understand something because even though I don't know everything, I know God loves all his children. In regards to same-sex attraction, I think this scripture is important. People inside and outside the LDS faith don't completely understand why some people experience same-sex attraction. Many people are also confused as to why God forbids homosexual activity. Though there are many things we don't understand about this issue, we know that God loves all his children. Knowledge of God's love should help us all be loving to each other as well. It is important to try our best to follow God's commandments, and we should always show love to others and allow them to use their agency to make their own decisions. Show more Show less