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Hi I'm Grace

I live just outside of New York City, I ride and compete horses and study ancient history, and I'm proud to say I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Idaho, got married during college at Boise State University, and my husband and I travel around the country for his work. Right now we are living just outside of New York City in New Jersey. I love going into the city for shopping, museums, restaurants and entertainment. I grew up riding horses and I currently ride, train and show horses in English style disciplines, especially dressage and jumping. I have a horse in New Jersey and I love to escape to the country several times a week to ride. I am pursuing an online master's degree in Ancient and Classical History, and I would like to teach college courses in the future. I love to read literature and fantasy books when I have time outside of school books and I like action and sci-fi shows and movies. I play video games in moderation and especially love the rpg genre. I play a few instruments with a little bit of talent, and I love to sing and have taken voice lessons for years and I played violin forever but haven't picked it up in a while. I also love shopping and especially shoes! I have aspirations to travel, especially to tour Europe. I would also like to find time to volunteer in organizations that battle homelessness and hunger in New York City.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a Mormon family, but the divorce of my parents became a huge roadblock in life. I spent time after that exploring other Christian churches and even did a rewarding missionary-focused service trip in England with a Christian youth group. Although these churches fostered acceptance and involvement, I felt a hollow place in my soul. I didn't realize it until later, but there was an emptiness and lack of direction in my life during this time, and I realized that there was more to be offered. A life crisis happened to me that I do not wish to explain here, and when I thought that despair would overtake me, I was directed once again to the church that I knew from youth. I realized upon returning that not only were my current affairs going to be manageable, but I would there find peace and resolve and direction for my past, present and future. I also discovered that the void that I felt from other churches was here filled by truth and I had found what I was looking for all that time. I only wish that I would have realized this sooner, but I do not regret my life, I feel that I needed to go through these things to come back stronger than ever before and to become the person I am growing to be today.

How I live my faith

My husband and I get to take a short car ride to the next town over to go to church every Sunday. We look forward to seeing such a diverse and wonderful group of people every week. When we are available, we try to attend fun dinners and activities put on by the church either at the chapel or elsewhere. We had the opportunity to work with the church's humanitarian aid project here in New Jersey for Hurricane Irene victims. We helped many people affected by flood waters by clearing out basements, removing sheet rock and trash, and other things. It was very rewarding.