Hi I'm Delaney
Hello! My name is Delaney. I'm part of a military family so I've lived all over the world. Currently I'm living in Germany with my family. I graduated High School when I was 16 and went to college on my 17th birthday in Arizona. I studied pre-nursing for 2 years and I'm now preparing to leave on a mission for 18 months. I love to sing and dance and act. I've been performing in musicals and plays and productions since I was a little girl. Some recent plays I have participated in at Eastern Arizona College include Beauty and the Beast, 12 Angry Jurors, and Pump Boys and Dinettes. I am the second of five in my family, all boys, and I love to spend time with them. We love to travel and hike and have all kinds of adventures!
Why I am a Mormon
I've been a Mormon since I was born. This gospel has affected my life immensely and I don't know where I'd be without it. I love the Book of Mormon and I can testify of its truth. I have grown a testimony of this church and I know it's true. My parents don't force me to go to church, I have chosen to go because I believe it and I love it. Even though some people may think we are strange and different I really don't mind and I am not ashamed to be a Mormon. Because really, being a Mormon does make us different. We have different standards and different beliefs that help protect us and keep us on the strait and narrow path that leads back to our Heavenly Father.
How has the Holy Ghost helped you?
Everyone was looking forward to the upcoming school dance. There was talk and gossip about it in the hallways and classrooms. I was excited for it too. I wanted to sing at the dance and was asking the advisers and staff about it. But a few days before the dance I just had a bad feeling about it. I told my mom and she said she had the same feeling and didn't want me to go to the dance. I was fine with that though. After the dance I heard from my friends that there was a lot of inappropriate dancing there and I am really glad I didn't have those pictures in my mind. I am thankful for the holy ghost for guilding me away from situations where I would be very uncomfortable.
How can we develop greater harmony in our homes?
Be kind. Take the time to get to know your family. Spend time with them. Forgive. Be patient. Be kind. I have seen so many families who fight, who don't get along, and don't even seem to like each other. They hold grudges, they are rude to each other, they have no respect for each other. Now every family has their own set of problems and mine is no different. We are not perfect and we have our own struggles. But I've learned over the years of being crammed in small hotel rooms or squished in a little car for hours or stuck at home all day with only your siblings for company, about the importance of being patient, forgiving, and kind. It didn't come easily. I had to work on it for a long time and pray to God to help me develop these attributes in myself. I had to be humble and teachable. I had to say sorry and give hugs. I had to learn to be patient, to be forgiving, and to be kind.
Could you talk about your baptism?
I remember looking forward to my baptism for a long time. My birthday is in August, but my dad was deployed overseas so he couldn't come to baptize me until September. So, as excited as I was, I waited until he got home so he could baptize me. When I imagined my baptism I imagined me in a perfectly fitted white jumpsuit, walking down into the warm water with a big smile on my 8-year-old face. I would hold my dad's arm while he said the prayer and as he dipped me down into the water I would plug my nose and lift my right big toe out of the water so he would have to do it again! My white jumpsuit was actually too big, the water was fairly warm, and I was definitely smiling! My dad said the prayer while I was holding his arm and although I tried, my right big toe did not reach the surface of the water. Afterward my mom dried me off and I got dressed and she blow-dried my hair (I think for the first time too!). It was a very happy day . My grandparents were there and I remember seeing my grandpa almost crying when he got up and spoke to me. It was a very special day and will always remain in my heart.
How I live my faith
I live my faith everyday in little ways like reading the scriptures and praying. I always try to thank my Heavenly Father for the blessing in my life. I recognize His hand and express gratitude for His tender mercies in my daily life. I am involved in church activities such as Institute (a spiritual class for young single adults) and other church activities. I continue to live my standards and keep Christ in my thoughts throughout the week, not just on Sunday at church. I pray to him for help in overcoming my struggles and repent when I make mistakes. Through His grace and mercy, I am able to be strengthened every day to face my trials and struggles with faith and courage.