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Hi I'm Ali Hayes

I grew up Episcopalian. I am a country girl. I love outdoor activities. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I like to paint, play soccer and run. My family has been a big part in my success in life, with their support and love. My friends have allowed me to survive while away at college, seeing as I left home all on my own, (at the time, only being a member of the church for a few hours) and they encourage me to be who I want to be and always make me smile no matter what mood I'm in. I have completed 3 years of college within the Argricultural Sciences program at the school I attend. I enjoy serving others and making them happy. I feel my goal in life is to not only be happy myself, but I love making others laugh and be happy. I do my best to work hard so that I can be successful in life and be anyone I want to be.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for around three years now. I had been around the church for about 14 years, was never really been interested in the church, but accumulated many friends within the church. When I graduated high school and was working at home for the summer before heading off to college, I also attended church services. One Sunday after leaving church, I felt as though something was missing. I did not know what it was, but it was a feeling I needed to figure out. The following Sunday, a friend of mine invited me to the LDS church. I didn't know why people would want to go to church for 3 hours, but I went anyway because it was fun being with friends on Sunday. While not paying attention, I looked around and saw my friend's mother's face and right then and there, I had found the answer to my question. She had this look of peace and happiness on her face, but to an extreme I had never before experienced. That connection was what I was looking for. That's what I wanted. I then looked into multiple religions, trying to find out anything I could. I also accepted the invitation to meet with the missionaries. It wasn't long after I had begun to meet with them, that I realized my search was over. I had found my own connection, that something that was missing. I was baptized a member of the church the Saturday before school started, confirmed the following day, and after, driving away from home to school. I was nervous but would soon come to realize that I had left home with the greatest companionship possible, the Spirit. I have never questioned my decision to be baptized. This decision has made me so happy and I know I can conquer anything because of the support and relationship I now have with God, our Heavenly Father.

How I live my faith

I love serving others. When I receive a church calling, I try my best to fulfill the responsibilities within. With callings, it gives you the opportunity to get to know others. At times you get to go visit another person in your ward at church, get to know them, and share a message with them pertaining to Jesus Christ. Also with other callings in the church, you may have the opportunity to plan events so others can get to know each other, and those who are not of our faith can come and participate and have fun as well. By living my faith, others notice a difference. When I go to school and attend classes, classmates see it, and it hasn't stopped them from getting to know me. I strive to do my best to live a life I believe is best for me and is what my Heavenly Father wants me to live. And by believing in that, I am stronger than I ever have been. I'm outgoing, determined, enthusiastic, and love to have fun. I believe this gospel has allowed me to do anything I put my mind to, and that is one of the greatest gifts ever!