Hi I'm Haley
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.
What is hope and what do you hope for?
To me, hope is the belief that something good will come in the future. Hope is doing everything you can to ensure that it will happen, but having patience and faith that God will provide a way. That being said, it also comes with a caveat that sometimes God's will overrules our own hopes. I hope for a lot of different things. On a day-to-day basis, I hope that cute boy I met last week asks me on a date, I hope our meeting at work tomorrow is productive, I hope our football team wins their game on Friday and I hope the teriyaki chicken I'm cooking for dinner tonight doesn't get too dry. In the grander scheme of things, I hope that I'll have a fulfilling career, get married in the LDS temple, raise a family and live my life to the absolute fullest. I also hope that I can live a life that my Heavenly Father and our Savior, Jesus Christ, would be proud of, I hope I can return to live with them again someday. I hope I can live with my family in the eternities after we die. I hope that, throughout my life, I can be the kind of person God would want me to be, do the things He would want me to do, say what He would say, and reach out to those He would be especially kind and caring to.
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.