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Hi I'm Maelee

I love learning new and interesting things. I'm a musician. I'm a daydreamer and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm twenty-five years old and currently completing a Bachelor of Language and Applied Linguistics at university. I love love learning! (Assessment and exams not so much though...) If going to school for the rest of your life was an option I would probably seriously consider it. I have a particular interest in learning about different cultures and languages and I love to put what I learn about them into practice by travelling! I major in Japanese and whilst I can't speak or understand the language fluently, I was able to learn enough to get around Japan by myself. Music is a passion of mine and I have received various awards over my life for piano performances and band contributions. I play the recorder, piano, flute and am teaching myself the tin whistle and accoustic guitar. Some day I would love to learn how to play the harp and erhu. I love being creative, in any form from composing, writing, cake decorating to painting and crafts. Despite my age I still find entertainment and joy in things like bubbles, puppies, balloons and fairy bread. I love life and the beauty of it that can be found in everyday things if we only take a small moment to look for it.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were both converted to the religion and thus I was raised with these beliefs as a child. During this period I learned about various principles which through study and prayer I did indeed believe of my own free will. I moved out of home to a different city when I was eighteen and it wasn't untill I turned 20 that I had an experience that totally changed my view on my religion and how I lived it. I had the opportunity to share my beliefs with a close friend who was facing some challenges in their life. It was through these special experiences that I came to realise how precious and important this religion is to me. I received such a special witness and joy from this truth that I was buzzing on a spiritual high that lasted at least a month. Through personal trial and experience I can truly say that God answers prayers, if you have faith and believe. He loves us so much and like a parent can see all the possibilities and potential in a small child, He also knows all the potential that we hold and wants so much for us to be able to achieve it. If you let it and are willing, the truths and principles that can be gained can bless your life and give you joy, comfort, peace of mind and spirit. I have personally experienced this and the happiness and feelings that I have received and experienced can only partly be described as whole and wholesome. The rest is beyond any description that the human language can currently provide.

How I live my faith

Everyday. This is not a religion applied to only one day of the week. I try to do as our leaders encourage us and try to pray and read my scriptures everyday. The church has a youth program that I went through as a teenager and I received a book called "For the Strength of Youth", which contains a guide to standards that we can keep. Even though I am no longer a teenager, following the standard guide helps me to live my faith daily and be a good example. I try to help out as much as I am able. Whether it be holding the door open for someone with their hands full at uni or playing hymns on the piano or teaching a class at church on Sunday.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a special privelege and a very personal decision. If members of the church have a desire to serve and share their testimony and joy with others, they can. This decision is one that involves a lot of prayer, counsel and faith. After prayer and counsel, on occasion, there are instances where an individual may receive revelation that it is not yet their time to serve a mission. There is nothing wrong with, nor regret felt, when doing what God wants 'you' personally to do. Show more Show less