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Hi I'm Hayley

I find beauty in words and music. I'm a university student. I plan to travel the world and meet new people. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi! I'm a university student studying English and Editing. I have big plans for the future, including world travel, working for a publishing company, meeting many new people, and getting sealed to an eternal companion in a holy temple. When I was a teenager I was diagnosed and treated for scoliosis, which included back braces and a spinal fusion. It was scary, it was successful. I know the success of my treatment and my quick recovery were due in part to my Heavenly Father, for He loves us and knows us all personally. I've been through countless hardships in my life, and having the gospel in my life has been the biggest blessing of all.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to parents who were members of the Mormon church - despite that, I always had a choice about what I believed. I could never deny what I was being taught at church was true. Being a Mormon helps me through the toughest of life's challenges. I know the answers to questions like why I'm here, where I came from, and what will happen when I die. It comforts me to know that while the world changes and evolves around me, the gospel is always there, constant and unchanging. No matter where I go in the world, the answers never change. If I have a question - about ANYTHING - I know I can answer that question through scripture study, prayer, or by asking another church member. The members of the church are like one big family - we are always helping each other out, and overall just being friendly! There are no secrets to hide. Just thinking about the gospel puts a big smile on my face. I know the gospel is true, and I know that it's the only way to be truly and completely happy for time and all eternity. I know that my Heavenly Father loves me, his daughter, no matter what I do. He is watching over me and caring for me, even though I can't see him. I know that someday I can live with Him and my savior, Jesus Christ, once again. It gives me a goal, a comfort, and a smile on my face. And, since being part of this great gospel brings me great happiness, I want others to feel the happiness I do!

How I live my faith

Every morning in high school before classes I attended seminary - which is like Bible study. For an hour I had a class that is not unlike my classes at school. I was with kids my age who are taught by a seminary instructor. You might find me singing "Scripture Mastery" songs throughout the day from seminary - scripture passages set to song to aid in familiarity. Now that I'm in college, things are a bit different. However I've been blessed to attend a faith-centered university and have the chance to enroll in religious classes. They're just as hard (or harder!) than my "traditional" college classes. Every Sunday I attend church with other students in my apartment complex. I live my standards every day, and am always striving to be a disciple of Christ. People always ask about what my standards are. I would advise checking out the "For the Strength of Youth" pamphlet on lds.org - in it our church leaders have outlined standards we should adhere to. Some of them relate to our relationships, some to our dress and appearance, and other aspects of everyday life. They help to guide and protect us from negative influences.

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Hayley
After Christ's crucifixion, there was a falling away from the true teachings of the church. Over time, church members changed aspects of the church to better fit their lifestyles. The church no longer operated as it had when Christ had organized it. Priesthood authority was taken from the earth because there were none living who were completely worthy to hold it. The Apostasy had been prophesied of by ancient prophets. When Joseph Smith had the first vision, pieces of the true church were slowly put back in place, truths were revealed, and the priesthood power was restored to the earth. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Hayley
The Book of Mormon was written by ancient prophets who lived on the American continent. They recorded Christ's appearance to them, His Resurrection, His teachings, and the church. It completely, ONE HUNDRED PERCENT, supports the Bible. At the end of the Book of Mormon, Moroni - an ancient prophet - wrote that whoever read and sincerely prayed about the book would know if it was true. I have done so, and I know that, without a doubt, it is true. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Hayley
The answer isn't as philosophical as some people think it might be! Quite simply, we're here to live and learn. We were sent here by our Heavenly Father to receive a body of flesh and blood, learn to choose between good and evil, experience life, and create everlasting relationships, especially with our family members. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Hayley
If you were to attend an LDS church service - which I highly recommend - you'll see that the meeting is broken into three parts - Sacrament Meeting, Sunday School, and the third hour. During the third hour, the women 18+ attend Relief Society. (The other meetings are Young Men, Young Women, Priesthood, and Primary.) In this hour we, as sisters, build our faith through lessons and being around each other. We learn how to strengthen not only our current and future families and homes, but also how to strengthen ourselves, how to enrich our lives. We also do a lot of service, helping others inside and outside of the LDS church - making food, tying baby blankets, and so many other things. The Relief Society is the the oldest and largest women's organization in the entire world - isn't that amazing? It's a great experience to be around other women and to lift each other up. It's such a great support system, and you can feel the love the women have for each other. It's almost too amazing to be explained. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Hayley
Family is so incredibly important in the LDS church! One of my favorite things about this church is that we teach that families are forever. Death is not a separation, not really. We may be apart for a few days or a few decades, separated by the veil of death, but we will have eternity to be forever. Death is never the end. When Joseph Smith restored the gospel to the earth, the sealing power was restored to him. This is the power to "seal" families together for all eternity. This is why Mormon's will refer to their temple marriage ceremonies as a "temple sealing." The sealing power is what binds us together for all eternity, to live with those we love. I lost my grandfather the summer before I started college. It was hard - I love him very much and he was an incredible example of faith and love in my life. He is a great man. While I miss him very much, I know it is only a matter of time until I will see him again. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Hayley
We are most definitely Christians! To the world we may be known as "The Mormon Church," but our real name is "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints." Jesus Christ is our Savior, and continues to lead the church today through a living prophet. Christ is our exemplar, leading a perfect life, the only begotten son of our Heavenly Father. He is the brother of everyone on earth. The Book of Mormon is subtitled "Another Testament of Jesus Christ." And it does just that! It also supports the Bible. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Hayley
No, not all Mormons are required to serve a mission! The young men of the Church are strongly encouraged to prepare for and serve a full time mission, generally leaving when they are 18 or 19. Young women have the same opportunity, but do not have the same responsibility to serve as the young men. Young men serve for two years, young women for 18 months. Many seniors and married couples will also serve missions. Missionaries for the Church are not paid - in fact, they pay to serve missions. Of course, all members of the Church strive to share the gospel, even if it isn't a formal full-time mission. We have felt the joy and happiness that the gospel brings to our lives, and we want everyone to feel the same happiness! Christ himself taught to go and teach all nations, and we consider it a privilege to do just that. We have been called to the work, so we will go forth and teach. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Hayley
I always get weird looks when I say something like "I just had a great ward activity on Saturday! We made humanitarian aid kits." This is because one of the unique "Mormon" words is "ward." A ward is basically a congregation. A ward has geographical boundaries, and those living within the boundaries attend church and other religious activities together. A smaller ward is called a branch. A group of wards/branches is called a stake, and sometimes all the wards in a stake will get together to have fun activities or conferences. Since the church has consistent materials and lessons in every ward in the world, it doesn't matter if you attend a branch in Montana or Montreal or England - you'll be taught the same things. Wards all have the same organization. A bishop is a spiritual leader, somewhat like a pastor but not exactly, who presides over the ward. He is just a member from the congregation who is worthy and holds the priesthood. He is, of course, a volunteer. He helps to lead the ward, and also has two counselors who work directly with him. I have always considered my ward a second family - we're all friends and we all support each other through the good times and the bad times. There is always someone in your ward who will be your friend - never doubt it. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Hayley
The official name of our church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was revealed to the Prophet Joseph Smith, Jr. in 1838. This name, given through divine inspiration, labels us as a unified body, Christians, and Saints in the latter-day, as opposed to the former-day Saints of Christ's time. We are led through revelation by Christ. Joseph Smith also translated The Book of Mormon through inspiration. We believe this book to be true, and to be a companion to The Holy Bible. The fact that we believe The Book of Mormon to be true was a huge idea - and still is - to those not of our faith. Because of this book, we have been nicknamed "Mormons". Mormon was one of the ancient prophets who wrote in The Book of Mormon. Show more Show less