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Hi I'm Haley

I'm a California native, Mac & Cheese lovin', social media junkie. I love my family and I love being a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a recent college graduate who studied PR and web design, working as a social media coordinator. Originally from southern California, I live for all things Apple & I'm a self-proclaimed socialite. I'm the oldest of five kids, and as a family, we like to go camping, watch old Disney movies, play card games like Pit and Uno, quote trendy YouTube videos and make brownies. I watch American Idol almost religiously (but I missed season 9 because I hated all the contestants) and I have an obsession with laser tag. I love to go out with my friends, whether it's to go dancing or the movies or that party downtown. My life has not been perfect, but I love my family and my friends and try to find things to be grateful for every day.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I have received a witness of its truth and love the peace being a member of this church brings to my life. When I was 12 or 13, I prayed and received a very personal confirmation from the Holy Ghost that this is the true church of Jesus Christ on the earth today and that the Book of Mormon is a true witness and testament of the life and teachings of our savior, Jesus Christ. I know that Joseph Smith was a true prophet who saw God the Father and Jesus Christ and restored the fullness of the gospel to the Earth again; that the Mormon church is the same church and has the same power as the church that Christ himself established when He came to earth. I know that someday I can return to live with Him and live with my family forever after my life on Earth is over. I know that we have a living prophet named Thomas S. Monson who dedicates his life to the members of this church, receives revelation for our day and communicates with God, just like Biblical prophets like Adam & Moses did. I know that personal revelation is real. I know that God hears & answers our prayers and that He knows us better than we will ever know ourselves. I know that Christ came to Earth, lived a perfect life of service, suffered in Gethsemane by taking on all the sins and pains of the world, died and rose again so that we could return to live with Him and our Heavenly Father someday. And I love Him eternally for it, love His teachings and doctrines and love being a member of His church.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by doing what Jesus Christ would do if He were on the Earth today. I try to be the best person I can be, working every day to do a little better than I did the day before, while looking out for the well-being of others. I try to be an obedient daughter to my parents, a good friend to others, a shoulder to cry on, a considerate roommate, a thoughtful and kind stranger to those I don't know, an honest employee at my job, a trustworthy and hard-working young professional and a selfless child of a loving Father in Heaven. That being said, I KNOW I am not all those things at one time -- nobody's perfect. But the important thing is that you TRY to do the best you can in this life; Jesus Christ's atonement makes up for what we will undoubtedly lack.

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Haley
Wards, stakes and branches are the units of congregations in the Mormon church. Because our church is way too big to meet as one group for Sunday services, members of the church are divided geographically into small congregations called wards. Smaller congregations where there are less Mormon church members in a given area are called branches. A group of wards and branches in one geographic area is called a branch. A bishop is the spiritual leader over a ward, and a stake president presides over the stake. All positions within a ward, branch and stake are unpaid, volunteer positions. All teaching materials and doctrines are the same within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, so members of LDS congregations all over the world will study the same lessons and learn the same gospel principles. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Haley
This is one of my favorite things about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. :) In the shortest answer, yes. Our church believes that husband and wife can live together with their children, grandchildren and so on, forever. Family members who accept the Atonement of Jesus Christ, keep His commandments in this life and follow His example can be together forever through sacred ordinances performed in holy temples. These special ordinances seal a husband and wife together with their children for all of eternity. To me, the idea that we can live together forever with our families is one of the sweetest blessings Heavenly Father has given us. The best friendships and closest relationships should be found among parents and children, siblings, and husband and wife. God loves us so so much, and I can't imagine how He could possibly separate the loving bonds of families in the next life. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Haley
No - the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does not endorse political parties. There are many wonderful and faithful members of the LDS Church on both sides of the political aisle. Members of the LDS Church around the world are highly encouraged to participate politically as much as they can, but the leaders and clergy of the Church do not support or endorse specific political parties, platforms or candidates. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Haley
Mormons are a Christian denomination and, like other Christian faiths, believe the Bible to be holy scripture - a testament of the life and teachings of God the Father and Jesus Christ. We believe that reading the scriptures can help you better understand God's plan and eternal love for you as His child. Reading the scriptures can also help you find the answer to any question or concern you might have in this life. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Haley
Mormons are undoubtedly Christians. The official name of our church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Sometimes people try to discount this by saying we believe in a different Jesus Christ than is spoken of in the Bible. This is absolutely not true. We believe in the same Jesus Christ as the rest of Christianity. The same Jesus Christ who was born in a stable. The same Christ who was baptized by John, raised the dead, healed the sick, taught of eternal life and charity, and the only perfect man who ever lived on the earth. He is the Son of God and our Savior and Redeemer. He is the center of our faith and the central foundation of our Church. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Haley
The name "Mormon" is a nickname for more than 14 million members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The nickname comes from our Church's belief in the Book of Mormon (another testament of Jesus Christ and ancient scripture revealed to and recorded by prophets in the Americas during the same time period as the Bible). Mormons are Christians. We believe in the fall of Adam, the Bible, Jesus Christ and his atoning sacrifice for mankind. We also believe in the Book of Mormon, modern-day Apostles and Prophets, eternal families, the restoration of the Priesthood (God's power on earth) and temples. Show more Show less