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Hi I'm Betsy

I've switched my major six times and can never make up my mind...but there's one thing that will never change: I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love soccer, art and writing. I have a spoon collection. I am terrified of the Energizer Bunny. Sugar is my favorite food group. I keep a blog. I'm a college student majoring in Graphic Design and minoring in Public Relations (-- but, let it be known, it changes all the time). I have wonderful parents, an older brother, a younger sister, and a wonderful Australian Shepherd mutt named Mia. I love my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I haven't always truly understood what it means to be a Mormon. When I was baptized at the age of 8, I was more concerned with wearing the pretty white dress that all my friends before me wore. I was truly converted in high school, when going to church became something I WANTED to do instead of something I felt I was SUPPOSED to do. It simply felt...right. The standards outlined by the church were possibly the greatest source of my testimony. It was very clear to me that the lifestyle the Lord wanted for me brought me closest to learning about myself and understanding my role as a disciple of Christ. I honestly believe that the way I dressed, spoke and behaved (though not always perfect) allowed me to be more in tune with the spirit. It was when I learned to be less concerned with worldly matters that I was more clearly able to see what was truly important. TOGETHER, the scriptures and Book of Mormon have brought overwhelming amounts of peace into my stressful life. Whenever I feel that everything is beyond my control, it is not until I pray for guidance and sit down to read these holy texts that I'm able to put things into the proper eternal perspective. I know of a surety the Book of Mormon to be true - I've prayed countless times to know for myself and have seen blessings manifest themselves into my life because I've done so. Heavenly Father's plan is a plan of genuine happiness. I am genuinely happy.

How I live my faith

As I've gotten older, I've found that the best way for me to live my faith is through word and deed. To know what the scriptures say is one thing, to apply what you've learned from them to your actions is another. Too often do I see friends become so caught up in the words themselves that they forget what is subtly written behind them! I seek out the best in others and let judgements slide past. I do all I can to be a friend to everyone I meet. At church, I serve as a ward missionary. I love it! I am by no means an expert on scripture, but that is not what I'm being asked to do. I am encouraged to fraternize with strangers, comfort friends and be an example to all. My calling perfectly aligns with the way I already choose to live my life. Leaving home and going halfway across the country for school solidified my developing faith. I was suddenly surrounded by those who shared my faith. No longer would simply going to church set me apart as an example - I had to embody all that I had learned to love. It's gospel in action... and I'm living it right now. Matthew 16:25 reads: "For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it."

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

To become a member of the LDS Church, you must first come to terms with all that it encompasses. It is not simply an act of baptism. You must pray for yourself to know that it is true; you must gain your own testimony of its doctrine. It is like a spiritual reawakening! You must live and love the Gospel. You must seek to grow within its truths. I have been an official member since I was baptized at the young age of 8, and I still feel as though I "become" a member every day. It is an endless journey of developing faith, testimony and love. Show more Show less