Hi I'm Grace
I am a college student and I love learning! I am studying elementary education because I enjoy teaching and working with kids. I dream of changing the lives of thousands of children by being an example to them and making them want to rise up and be better people. I think I would love to be an motivational speaker though. I enjoy doing just about anything in the kitchen and love to experiment by making food without recipes. I have had numerous disasters!! I also enjoy reading and I am told that I write pretty well too. I love spending time outdoors and especially dancing in the rain. I have a passion for service and love smiling. Up at college I have found many opportunities to get involved and serve through the Student Representative Council, the special needs program, and with the new students. I just love it! I am serving a full time mission in the Oklahoma Oklahoma City Mission and love this amazing opportunity to share my knowledge and testimony of something that I love so much. Life is a glorious adventure and I love it!
Why I am a Mormon
I come from a long line of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on both sides of my family. Throughout my childhood years I loved attending church & learning more about Jesus Christ and how I could become like Him. This pattern of loving the Spirit I felt at Church and learning more about God's plan for me continued to grow & grow. When I was about 12 years old I wanted to learn more! I knew that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was God's church restored on the earth in these days because I had gone to Church & had learned & grown but I wanted to learn all that I could! I read the Book of Mormon & prayed about it and asked God whether the Book of Mormon was true and, consequently, whether Joseph Smith was a prophet of God & if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was His true Church. There was no doubt in my mind that I would not get an answer. I knew that if I asked, I would receive an answer & I did! The Spirit testified to me that what I had read in the Book of Mormon was true & what I was doing with my life by following in my parents footsteps was right. Throughout my adolescent years I lived the principles taught in Church, by the prophet, and found in the Book of Mormon & it made me happy because I was drawing closer to God and becoming like Him. The great joy that I felt & the love of God that was so prevalent in my life inspired me to serve a mission so I could share this with others & I am so grateful that I did!
Why do Mormons go on missions?
Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints go on missions to share the gospel of Jesus Christ and forever families and of the restoration of the Church with all of God's children throughout the world. The gospel of Jesus Christ and my membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints brings so much joy to my life. Membership in this Church has defined who I am and who I want to be. I can attribute every good thing in my life to the Church. Since so much joy comes from the Church in my life and in the lives of members, we want to share this joy; we want to share the gospel so that others can feel what we feel and have the joy that is felt through being a member of the true Church of Jesus Christ. I look forward to the day when I can serve a mission and share my testimony of my Savior Jesus Christ and the restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints so that others might feel the peace and happiness that I have in my life from belonging to this glorious Church.
Can you talk about the missions of the Church and your participation in them?
Missions in the Church are voluntary acts of service where members leave their homes for a year and a half or two years to serve God and bring people closer to Him. My family has a history of missionary service and I know that it has blessed me and my family so much! I am currently serving a mission in Oklahoma City and have grown from this experience in incredible ways. I have learned of what it means to truly give yourself up in the service of God and my love for Him and all mankind has grown so much. My ability to follow the promptings of the Spirit has grown and my willingness and desire to follow God is so much stronger. Missions of the Church are opportunities for Church members to learn and grow by following Jesus Christ and bringing others to Him. Although sometimes challenging, the experiences that I am having now are changing me and bettering me and I am so grateful for them.
Which of the Savior’s teachings have influenced you in your life?
I think one of the Savior's teachings that has influenced me so much is the second great commandment. "Love thy neighbor as thyself." The capacity to love is so incredible and we have been commanded to love all people. This has influenced me because I love spending time with people and working with them to make them better. As I come to love these people, I am better able to serve them and lift them higher. As I strive to love all those around me I find myself becoming more like my Savior Jesus Christ because I am doing what he would be doing and loving as he would be loving if he were here.
Please explain the part prayer plays in your life?
Prayer is such a key part in my life! It is so incredible to know that I can talk with God about anything and to know that He is always listening. Prayer has been a big part in my life because I know that I can turn to God no matter what. There have been many times in my life when I didn't know what I should do such as where to go to college or what I wanted to study and I turned to the Lord and He lead me down a path more perfect than I could ever imagine for myself. As I pray I feel a sense of peace and love from my Father in Heaven and I know that He is always there to help me which is such a great blessing!
What blessings have come through your faith in Jesus Christ?
I have been so blessed by my faith in Jesus Christ. I think the biggest blessing that I have is happiness. My faith in Jesus Christ has given me the strength and ability to be happy no matter what life throws at me. I know that I can live with my family and with God forever as I rely on Jesus Christ and have faith in Him. I know that God has a perfect plan for me and as I follow Jesus Christ and have this faith I will become who God needs me to be. I have been blessed with the strength to endure whatever life throws at me because I know I can rely on Jesus Christ. By having faith in Jesus Christ my life has been forever bettered and I am so grateful for that!
How I live my faith
I live my faith by who I am. I live my faith by being an example of Jesus Christ. I live my faith as I devote my life and service to the Lord. I live my faith by serving a mission and inviting others to come unto Christ. I want to live an exemplary life where anyone who sees me or meets me can see the light and love of Jesus Christ through me. I want to be a role model to those that I come in contact with. I want to continually look for people that I can lift and serve. By following my Savior and being who He would be and doing what He would do if He were in my place or situation I am living my faith. As I serve those around me and love as He loves I am able to live my faith and become like God. A favorite scripture reads: "Verily I say, men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness; for the power is in them." I live my faith by living this scripture and continually striving to be anxiously engaged in a good cause. For a year and a half I am living my faith by serving a mission in Oklahoma. I am spending this time meeting with people and learning from them and sharing how I have come to know that God is our loving Heavenly Father, that Jesus is the Christ, that we have a prophet on the earth again, and that through study of the Book of Mormon we can prepare to live with God again. I live my faith by who I am. How great is my purpose!