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Hi I'm Abby

I'm a college student, a pianist, a world traveler, and an Oregonian. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Abby. I've lived in Oregon my entire life, and currently I'm a student at BYU in Provo, Utah. I am studying Anthropology with a hope to become a lawyer and travel the world. I've had the opportunity to grow up in the church. I have three siblings, a brother and two sisters. I've been playing piano for 12 years. I have accompanied for my church, school choirs and symphony, competed, and taught piano lessons as well. Besides piano, I enjoy singing, traveling with my family, hiking, scuba diving, and hanging out with friends.

Why I am a Mormon

I've grown up in as a Latter Day Saint my entire life. I made the decision to be baptized when I was 8 years old. Since then, I've had multiple confirmations that I made the right choice and that this is the true church. This gospel has brought so much happiness to my life. Some of my best friends are in the church. I am a better person because of this gospel. Because of my membership, I have a knowledge of the truthfulness of this gospel, of the restoration through Joseph Smith, the Plan of Salvation, and especially the atonement of Jesus Christ and the immense love our Heavenly Father has for us. My testimony brings me happiness, hope, and comfort knowing I'm in the true church of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

Following Christ is not just going to church on Sunday, it's a way of life. I live my faith through my attitude and actions. Christ taught us to love one another and serve our fellow men. I do my best to follow these teachings. On a daily basis, I make time to pray, study scripture, and attend seminary classes. Every week I have the opportunity to attend Sunday services, as well as a fantastic family home evening group on Mondays. My goal is to take the things I learn and feel in these activities and share them with those around me. The greatest way of teaching is by example. I also serve as the Compassionate Service Leader in my Relief Society. I am responsible for serving and helping those in my ward and encouraging service in the community.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Abby
We are here for a reason. Our Heavenly Father created the Earth so that we can progress become better people. We came to Earth to obtain a body, to know the difference between good and bad, learn and get the knowledge we'll need to become more like Christ, and be a part of a family. Our Heavenly Father gave us the gift to choose for ourselves what path we will take and be able to learn and gain experience. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Abby
I know that death is not the end. This life is a stepping stone for what is yet to come. Though our body dies, our spirits do not. Progression is eternal, and there is no end to it. Because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we will all be given our bodies back, and we will live again. Recently, one of my closest friends committed suicide. It was the hardest thing I have had to deal with in my life, but my testimony of life after death gave me hope. I know that her spirit is still alive, and that I will see her again someday. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Abby
Simply, no. We worship Heavenly Father, and his Son Jesus Christ. Joseph Smith is a prophet of God, comparable to Moses in the Old Testament. We love and honor him for the extraordinary work he has done for the Lord. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Abby
We believe that God gave a code of health to Joseph Smith in 1833. This law is called the Word of Wisdom. It states guidelines of proper eating and the benifits of living a healthy life. As part of this, it warns and speaks against Tobacco, Alcohol, Coffee, Tea, and Illegal Drugs. Quite simply, we do not partake of these things because we believe God advised us not to. In addition to being a law of God, they help our physical and spiritual health. Show more Show less