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Hi I'm Gabrielle

I'm a Mormon. I was born in Idaho but I grew up/am growing up in Washington. I have been a mormon all my life.

About Me

My name is Gabrielle; I am 19 years old. I recently finished my first year at BYU-I where I had the most fun and made some of the best friends I've ever had. I grew so much in my first year of college where I learned what it truly means to live the gospel of Jesus Christ. I built my relationship with my Heavenly Father and now I am preparing to serve a mission in Brazil. While at BYU-I, I studied Child Development because I absolutely adore teaching and caring for children. Children are such a bright spot in my life; it is unbelievable how happy the children in my life make me. I also enjoy drawing and painting and photography. I'm not very creative myself, but I enjoy putting the beauty that I see around me on paper or capturing it in a photograph never to be forgotten. I've always been pretty shy- it's always been a big road block in my life, but I'm hoping I will grow out of it on my mission. I don't want to let anything get in the way of me sharing the life-changing message of this gospel and spreading the joy of Jesus Christ. I look forward to loving the people I will be serving with all my heart.

Why I am a Mormon

I like to think of this question to also mean "Why do I want to serve a mission". Like a lot of other Mormons, I grew up in an LDS family, so it was just a natural next step to get baptized when I was eight years old. Of course I still made the decision for myself, but I have never known anything different. I do notice a difference in my life though when I am living the gospel compared to when I am not. There is an indescribable joy that comes from living the gospel. I know Heavenly Father answers my prayers. The scriptures, especially the Book of Mormon, bring me so much comfort. I know that because Jesus Christ died for me, I am able to repent of my sins and feel peace again. I love knowing that I will be able to live with my Heavenly Father again. I know that President Thomas S. Monson is the living prophet of today; I know he is directed by God. I know that we are blessed when we keep the commandments. I know that there is nothing more powerful than faith in Jesus Christ. I know that Joseph Smith too is a prophet of God; he restored this church. It definitely wasn't easy, and I am grateful every single day that he decided to find out the truth for himself. I am eternally grateful that he and so many other saints made immeasurable sacrifices to help restore this church. This gospel is the best part of my life- actually this gospel IS my life. I can't imagine life without it. It brings me perfect joy even during the toughest of times. I hope to be able to help others find the same joy that I get from being a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I am currently serving in the nursery in my home ward which means that I get to play with the little toddlers every Sunday! It's such a rewarding calling; not only do I entertain the children, sing with them, give them snacks, teach them how to clean up, share, and play nicely, but I also get to teach them about Jesus. It is just so amazing how this gospel can be understood by children. The had two different callings while at college as well. I was a Sunday School Teacher which means that I taught a class during church about the Book of Mormon with another girl in my ward. I feel like I definitely learned more myself as a teacher than I ever did as a class member. I was younger than most of the students in my class, so it felt more like they were teaching me, but this calling gave me wonderful experience that will be greatly appreciated for my mission. I was also an indexer which means that I did Family History work online for a couple hours before church every Sunday. I indexed a lot of marriage records from the early 1900s. I developed a great love for indexing which introduced me to all different kinds of family history work. I came to realize the utmost importance of this work, and I'm exciting to be able to index records in Portuguese when I get back from my mission in Brazil.