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Hi I'm Hillary

I'm an avid drawer, I love to laugh, I'm rocking a mission, and I'm a Mormon

About Me

I was born in Oklahoma, raised in Arkansas, and have never been so grateful for my Southern roots and the great outdoors. I believe good music can make any day bright. I was raised on Disney movies and otter-pops. I'm currently going to school for Studio Art with a hope to further my education into Art Therapy. Imagination and creativity are two of my favorite things and there is nothing better than getting lost in a book or therapeutically losing yourself in drawing. I want to travel the world one day to see, experience, and learn just about everything I can. The world is such an amazing place! One of my biggest obsessions and biggest dreams is to one day live in Iceland. For some reason I love that country with all my heart even if I've never stepped foot in it. I believe that there isn't anything much better than a good laugh and I love humor, especially the dry variety. My family means everything to me. My parents and siblings are my best friends. All five of them. I'm super blessed in so many ways... I'm in my roaring 20's and am returning from the adventure of a life time as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Utah Salt Lake City Temple Square Mission My life has never had more purpose.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the church. I had what I thought was a strong testimony around the time I turned twelve but by high school I really couldn't care either way. Because of some events in my early teens, I struggled with depression and very low self esteem and even turned away from God as much as possible, thinking He couldn't help me, or that He wouldn't. I went to church but more out of duty than anything. Unless someone asked I never told them I was "Mormon." It wasn't until later after high school that I realized how much the gospel meant to me and that Christ really did know exactly what I was going through and that if I relied on him, He had what I needed to heal. It wasn't a miraculous wake up call or miracle, but slowly I let the Spirit touch my heart and I finally saw what I had been missing in my life and what could truly help me heal. Even throughout my mission I have learned how much I matter to God and that I truly am a daughter of a King, and through realizing that for myself I have been able to share the same message with others more fully. I'm still young and have A LOT to learn, but I'm so grateful to have the continuously growing knowledge of my Savior and his Atonement for all of us. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because it's Christ's Gospel. The gospel has the power to literally change lives. And it has changed mine.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to be more like Christlike little by little each day and applying the atonement in my own life. Since I've been out on my mission I've gained a deeper understanding of the enabling power of the atonement. Its real and its powerful. Christ knows each one of us personally and he wants to help us in whatever we go through in our lives. I've learned that missionary work is harder and more emotionally and mentally taxing than I ever imagined. (though absolutely wonderful) I've never been so exhausted and beaten down, but I've also never been so close to my Savior and Redeemer and I'm grateful to be able to know him just a little better everyday. Through applying the atonement in my own life, I've learned how it can help others as well. I've learned everything is possible through the atonement of Jesus Christ.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Some people think that we go on missions to baptize as many people into our church as we can, to grow the numbers, but it is not that at all. Jesus Christ has told us to share His gospel to all the world! (Matt 28:19) And also, when you have something that means so much to you, that makes you so happy and peaceful, you want to share it. In fact, as I have been on my mission I have realized that as missionaries we share the message and nothing more. We convert no one. But we get the glorious privilege of witnessing the miracles of conversion through the Spirit. Knowing the message will not convert someone to the gospel of Jesus Christ, but feeling the Spirit will. That is why we go on missions and why we proselyte. Purely to let others experience the same joy and wonder that we have been able to feel through learning more about Jesus Christ and his gospel! It is too amazing to not share. Show more Show less