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Hi I'm Gretchen

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Germany and spent the earliest years of my life in California, and then moved to Colorado and have lived there since. I love to be outdoors exploring and having adventures, or indoors working on any form of art, whether that's visual, performing, or literary. My dream is to become an author and illustrator with works similar to J.R.R. Tolkien. I am the youngest of four. My mom is LDS and my dad is not. Therefore, my family was raised LDS, but two of my siblings have become inactive. We are currently spread out so that each of my siblings lives in a different state. I am currently serving a full time LDS mission int he Frankfurt, Germany mission, so I am the farthest away from home. I've already completed one year of college at BYU-Idaho. After my mission is completed, I intend to return and finish. I'm an English major with a Creative Writing emphasis and clusters (they're like small minors) in Illustration and Vocal Music.

Why I am a Mormon

Well, I was born and raised in the church, so it's kind of natural that I would at least start off as a member. But, having a non-member dad has really helped to test and strengthen my faith. Two of my siblings have fallen away from the church, but I've found that what hurt their testimonies is often what strengthened mine. Knowing that I didn't really have to do what the church said (because of my dad) made it easier for me to do so, not because my mom wanted me to, but because I knew it was right. I know that no matter the situation, we ALWAYS have some sort of choice. As I've grown up, I've seen the principles and doctrine of this church proven to be true in my life. I have a huge testimony of prayer because of the number of times where someone in my family was prompted to pray and (letting the Lord's will be done) our prayers were answered or whatever was best occurred. I've read my scriptures, payed tithing, waited to date until 16, as well as following many other standards of our church and, even though I'm not always very good at keeping them, seen how my life is blessed when I follow the principles of my church. I had an amazing experience in 10th grade where I read the Book of Mormon in a month as my bishop challenged me to do and I was amazed to see how it strengthened both my testimony and spirituality at the time. The summer of that same year, the youth of my stake to a trip to Nauvoo and other historical church sites and It was so amazing to see how strong the testimonies of the saints were, especially their knowledge of eternal families and the atonement, and how much they and Joseph Smith endured. I gained my testimony of Joseph Smith there because of how spiritual and powerful it was. I'd encourage anyone else who wants to learn more about Joseph Smith to go there as well. Also, I really like deep thinking and I love to learn and think about this gospel. It just makes sense. I know that Christ died to atone for our sins and this church is his church.

How I live my faith

I am serving a full-time mission for the church in Frankfurt, Germany. This means I am dedicating 18 months of my life to preaching, proselyting, and serving both the Church, and the people of Germany. To me, this is the biggest way that I am capable of serving the church and living my faith. But before this, I realized the the little things in my every day life were what really helped me to live my religion. I follow church standards of modest dress, attend church, read my scriptures and pray daily, and when the opportunity has presented itself, I have shared a little bit about my beliefs with friends who have had questions. I accept that I am not perfect, but I try every day to better myself and be more worthy to return to live with Heavenly Father. I've had a lot of callings with the Young Women at church and have found that more than anything, being a good example is what I can do that will help them and also help me live my faith the most.