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Hi I'm Lita

I'm a people person, I love dancing, soccer, and horses, and I'm a mormon

About Me

I'm a recent graduate of the Veterinary Technology program at BYUI, I'm currently serving as a full-time missionary in the Richmond Virginia mission, and I love life! My passions in life are Irish dancing, horseback riding, soccer, singing, writing, strengthening my relationships with my family and friends, and of course, sharing the gospel! I find a lot to love in life: Being outside, spending time with family, adventure, my job, travel, cliffs, the ocean, the forest, and anything that promises excitement! But what adds meaning to everything I love is my faith in Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

Honestly I'm a Mormon because it makes me happy! I grew up in the church, but I decided when I was a young teen to do some searching for myself to understand other religions. My parents were supportive and let me look into other churches to decide what I thought. My conclusion was that although all Christians have the same core beliefs as Mormon's (and I made some really wonderful friends of other faiths) I just didn't have the same experiences at any other church. I love going to my church because you walk in and you suddenly feel so at home. On my mission I have come to realize that that is not only true of the small town latter-day-saint services I grew up going to, but it is true of the church no matter where you go. One of the most comforting things in being so far away from my family is that every time I walk into a latter-day-saint service here in Virginia I feel like I'm coming home to family. Most of all though I love the way my church helps me live my life. I love that I've grown up serving in my community. I love that I know I can pray to my heavenly father any time and that he'll answer. I love life. I love the people in it and I love that I can go for my goals--however lofty they may be-- and know that I have God and my family behind me. In the last couple of years of college I had the opportunity and challenge to go through a lot of really hard things in both my family and personal life. I went through everything from family drama to medical problems, and when what I was going through was too much for anyone to handle, God helped me through it. It was somewhere during this time that I realized I had become a convert to this church. That even though I have always loved the Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints, I had truly become converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ. And that's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

To me living my faith isn't about any one major decision in my life (although I have had to make some of those), it's about the little decisions I make every day. Sometimes choosing not to judge, to have patience, or to do something for someone else even when it's not convenient can be really hard. But it's those day-to-day choices that make us who we are as people. It's those daily decisions that have made me who I am. I'm far from perfect, but if I can do a little better each day and strive a little harder to do what Christ would do then I feel I am living my faith. Since I am currently serving as a full-time missionary the way I live my faith has become something that everyone can see when they first meet me. I spend every day from 6:30 am to 9:00 pm studying and teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, and I try to serve and talk to everyone I meet. But my faith hasn't always been so outwardly obvious. Before I mission I lived my faith by doing things like volunteering at local animal shelters, refraining from using profanity, and being "that one girl that doesn't drink" when I was with friends who didn't hold my same beliefs. To me being a "Mormon" isn't just a title or a place I go on Sunday, it's a lifestyle that God has asked me to live. It's an integral part of who I am and who I'm becoming. And it's a piece of my eternal identity.

What is the Book of Mormon?

Lita
The book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ, which basically means it's a book thats sole purpose is to bear witness about Jesus Christ and his role as our Savior. It is a record of Jesus Christ in the new world, just like the bible is a record of him in the old world. It is in no way a replacement for the bible. In fact, it mentions the bible a lot! And it complements it. I've often found it amazing how reading the Book of Mormon helps make scriptures from the bible clearer, and vice versa. The Book of Mormon has always made a lot of sense to me. Especially when you consider that God says over and over again in the bible that he loves us all. Since that's true, wouldn't it make sense that he loved and visited not only those people in the old world, but would also have visited people in other places? The book of Mormon (Like the bible) is a guide meant for us to use, and it's one I am very thankful to have. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Lita
Being Mormon is like having direction in your life. And by "like" I mean it gives you direction. One of my friends who recently joined the church uses the word "mormon" as a compliment to say things like "They're such a cheerful and driven person, they're basically Mormon!" Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints gives you motivation, it gives you a reason to keep going when things are hard. It gives you a family in the members of the church worldwide. It gives you hope when things are dark. But one of the best things about the church is that it gives you personal peace. When things aren't going well and you're confused about the direction you can take if you follow the teachings of the church and you pray God will ALWAYS send you peace. Sometimes through a feeling and sometimes through the help of other people in the church. But the feeling of peace I get from being a Mormon and living the values of my church is something I wouldn't trade for anything! Show more Show less