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Hi I'm Helen

I grew up in Africa and now live in America and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Africa. I was born in Rwanda and my family left when the genocide began. Since 1994, I have lived in 5 different countries and experienced and seen suffering first hand. It is because of this that I love the gospel of Jesus Christ because of the joy and hope that it brings into my life. Without it, life would be dark. Now I live in America and have been blessed to with a second chance at a better life. With that second chance, I enjoy the following activities. I love dancing. Ever since I was a little kid, I danced. I also love cooking too. I think this comes from spending time in the kitchen with my mom. She would make me help her with preparing meals for the family. As a kid, I hated this. But looking back now, if she had not done this, I would not have a great passion for cooking and feeding people. When I cook, I can't eat by myself. I love cooking and feeding people. Maybe it's an ego boost. I also love reading. I always need a book with me. Although it might sound like I grew up as a girly- girl. I was actual more of the so-called tom-boy. I played sports for most of my life. I rock climbed competitively and joined a crew team (rowing) during high school. When I started college, that is when I began taking formal dance classes and became interested in ballroom dance and folk dance at Brigham Young University. But I am still a rough it kind of girl at heart.

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized at the age of nine. When my family lived in Swaziland, my mother heard about this new and upcoming christian church in the area. We'd always been christian and the area we lived in didn't have a lot of Christian churches. So my mother decided to go on a Sunday to see what the church was about before the whole family attended. The following Tuesday, the missionaries showed up at our door and began teaching us. They gave us a Book of Mormon to read as a family and I remember being very intrigued. I didn't quite understand why at the time, but as I grow older, I realize that something about the truths that the missionaries were teaching us touched me. When it came time for baptism, I remember my siblings and I were really excited. The missionaries asked us whether we knew what the Book of Mormon was. I remember looking at them and thinking that that question was a stupid question. I looked at the cover and answered confidently, "Another Testament of Jesus Christ." They looked at me a little surprised and then smiled and said, "yes". So why am I Mormon? I am Mormon because being Mormon and living the principles of the gospel give me hope. Knowing that this life is not the end helps me live through the bad experiences, the hurt that we all experience, the hardships that we all experience, and every other bad thing in this world. Living the gospel has helped me know that it will get better. Life will get better. Earth life is not it, this time is just a dot in the grand schemes of things and that if I live righteously, I will experience true happiness.

How I live my faith

One of the greatest things that I have done that has helped me life my faith is being a counselor for a summer camp called Especially For Youth. As a counselor, I get the opportunity to help youth make and keep personal commitments to live the principles of the gospel. I simply help them realize the strength and happiness that comes from living the principles of the gospel.