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Hi I'm Hayley!

I'm a dancer, a chocolate-addict, a youngest child in a non-religious family, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi! I'm 21, I currently live in Provo, Utah, after moving back from Hollywood, CA in January. I've been to 3 different high schools, 2 middle schools and 2 elementary schools. Before I lived in California or Utah, I lived in Washington state- both in the Seattle area and in the Spokane area. I'm the youngest child in my family and the only member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Some of my favorite times are sitting in the kitchen after a long day and talking to my best friends about anything and everything. I love music of most kinds, movies that make me laugh and ones that make me cry, musicals and dancing like a crazy person. After spending so much time in different places, I've realized how much I love all the seasons we have on the Earth- even if the snow can be unbearable sometimes. I'm currently enrolled in an online program that will certify me to teach English as a second language and I'm hoping to take that and travel the world with it!

Why I am a Mormon

I wasn't ever a bad kid, I was just lost. I was always wondering "what is the real meaning of life? why am i here?" When I lived in Washington, I began dancing at a studio where quite a few Latter-Day Saint members attended and one of them became my very best friend. Unconsciously, I began dressing more like them by wearing more modest shirts and pants, attending church with them, and I even began praying certain nights- whenever I gained the courage to. It's funny to remember how scared i was at one point to talk to my Heavenly Father when now I pray to Him at least every morning and night if not more and it's the greatest feeling! My best friend invited and took me to Girl's Camp with her when I was 15 which means I went camping with only girls and women for about 4 or 5 days and each day was packed with spiritual and emotional uplifting! I had such an amazing feeling after I had attended the camp and read through much of the Book of Mormon that I actually wanted to get baptized into the church right after I got home! My mom was very skeptical and told me I needed to wait a bit longer and really look into it to decide if becoming Mormon was the correct choice for my life. I'm honestly very thankful she asked me to wait because my testimony is much stronger now. After that, I stopped attending church very much and my parents and I were moved to Utah. Then in my senior year, I again became friends with many Latter-Day Saints and again after attending church and seeing the light of Christ in so many peoples' eyes, I knew the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was true. When I turned 18, I signed my baptismal papers and two days later I was baptized and confirmed a member. It was the best day of my life and though my parents and siblings still don't understand my decision, I know they see my true happiness and how it has changed my life for the better.

How I live my faith

When I lived in LA, I was so close with others in my church because we were all trying for the same goal- modesty and staying away from things of the world that would bring us down. We made an effort to help homeless people whenever we had the chance by keeping extra granola bars and snacks in our cars to give away instead of money. I was also a part of the activities committee which allowed me to serve the other members of the church and any guests by decorating and organizing fun and wholesome activities like a film and art festival! My friends and I also tried to stick around and always help clean up after church activities and I take those habits with me here in Utah as well. We've been taught that by serving others we are serving the Lord so I do my best to help out others when I can. I also try my best to dress and act modestly, and without judgement towards others because I know everyone on this earth has a purpose and is equal under God. I try to be the best example of Christ that I can, keeping Him at the front of my mind always and doing as He would want me to do. This gospel has made me a better person and I continue to progress more with each day and I know if is because of my faith and how I live by it.

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Modesty is a way of showing respect for the beautiful creation of our Heavenly Father and, when we respect our bodies, we clothe them and keep them sacred. Our bodies are to be shared with whom you choose to spend the rest of your life and eternity with only after marriage. Before marriage, having the desire to dress modestly will inspire modest actions as well, therefore keeping one always on the path of righteous actions. Dressing appropriately will bring comfort to others around you and also promote chastity through more modest thoughts. Parents can teach the value of respecting the human body by showing their children to dress modestly and explain to them the benefits of keeping their bodies sacred. When their children respect the Lord's wishes of modesty, they will have a greater opportunity to feel the spirit of the Holy Ghost and receive blessings of Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

A testimony is a witness of the truth of the gospel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints that someone receives from the Holy Ghost after sincere prayer and action upon spiritual thoughts. As a Mormon, we believe and know many things because when we prayed to Heavenly Father to ask if they were correct principles, he made it known to us with a strong sensation of His spirit that they were in fact true. As the foundation of a Mormon's testimony, we simply believe and know to be true that Heavenly Father lives and loves each person, that Jesus Christ also lives and He is the Son of God who made the ultimate sacrifice of giving his life for the sins of mankind, that Joseph Smith is a prophet who God called upon to restore the Church of Jesus Christ to the Earth and translate the Book of Mormon, that we are led today by a living prophet- President Thomas S. Monson-, and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Savior's church restored upon the earth today. The Book of Mormon teaches that when you pray to Heavenly Father and ask with a sincere heart if this church is true, you will feel His spirit pour down upon you, providing you with a sense of surety that the words of the Book of Mormon and other scriptures are true, that there were and still are prophets, that Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father live and love each one of us and that all the other principles of this gospel are true. A testimony is your evidence, through the spirit of the Lord. Show more Show less