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Hi I'm Autumn

I'm an artist, a dancer, completely obsessed with music, and I'm a mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in southern California, but I am currently serving a mission in Paris, France. I was raised by very free thinking parents who taught me how to suck all the marrow out of life! I have an insatiable desire to learn and travel. I was homeschooled and therefore had so much freedom to explore the world and road-trip a whole lot with my family. I took dance for several years, earned a dance scholarship from my studio, and eventually got my pointe shoes. I love to draw and paint and create, especially when I am in the middle of nature. I think this world is so incredibly beautiful and everything testifies of a divine creator. With God, life has meaning and direction. I don't want to just exist, I want to live and live well.

Why I am a Mormon

As I was growing up, I didn't put a lot of thought into living the gospel. I did what everyone else was doing. I flowed with the crowd and didn't think too much about it. I didn't realize there was anything deeper, until I was 15. That year changed everything. The year I was 15, I was faced with the most adversity I had yet experienced. But that year someone helped me delve deeper into the life of my Savior, Jesus Christ, and his atonement. Up to that point, I hadn't really liked to learn about the life of my Savior, because it always made me feel guilty. I felt so unworthy of his love. I had always been told that Christ loved me no matter what, but I somehow always thought I must be exempt from that love. How could he love me? I made so many mistakes. So instead of learning why he may love me, I hid from him. But then, all of that changed. Someone began discussing the atonement with me and opened my eyes to the beauty and love it was all about. It was then that I realized that the atonement is not for the perfect. It is for the imperfect. Of course we make mistakes. Everyone does. We have to try our hardest to follow our Savior, and then we have to let go and let God. We have to accept that we cannot make it on our own, and we must let the atonement work in our lives. Christ is not a cruel master carrying a whip. He is a beacon of hope. He truly does love you and wants you to be happy. Let the atonement work in your life. It has changed mine.

How I live my faith

I try to start every day by talking to my Heavenly Father through prayer, and then reading the scriptures. If I start my day off with God, I find that life goes better. It's not that any trials cease or life gets easier, rather it's that I am better able to handle anything that the world may throw at me. You could say it creates a barrier. It helps me to step back and look at my life and put things in perspective. I am trying every day to become the person God wants me to be. I am trying to be like Christ. It doesn't have to come in big huge actions. Rather, I try to find ways to give a little of myself to others everyday. A kind word; a hug; a smile; a listening ear; etc. After all, Christ didn't come down and heal the whole world all at once. The telling blows against evil are struck one act of love at a time.