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Hi I'm Abby Wallstrum.

I'm an only child, I'm a music fanatic, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I play three instruments-Piano, Guitar, and Viola, and have been in love with music from a young age. I'm sixteen years old, and I'm currently in high school planning on attending BYU-Idaho after graduating, majoring in Music Education, though I hope my job will be simply being a Mother someday. I have a mom, dad, and a golden retriever named Clyde, and we love to go camping to the coast during the summer along with other members of our extended family. I spend a lot of time with my family-probably more so than any of my other friends, due to the fact that I know family is the most important thing in my life next to my faith. I often spend my weekends hanging out with my friends, usually watching Disney movies (Tangled being my personal favorite) and going to church dances on the weekends. While I feel that I am just a normal teenage girl living in the rainy Pacific Northwest, I truly love being a member of the church of Jesus Christ of latter-day saints, and it really effects who I am as a person, student, and a daughter.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into this church because both of my parents are members, but I don't really consider that to be the reason that I am a Mormon/latter-day saint. I believe in God-our eternal father-his son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. I know that we were sent here as a part of his plan of salvation, and that we will someday return to live with him by his love and grace for us. I believe very firmly in the atonement, and I know that Jesus Christ took our sins upon him, died on the cross, and came back to this earth as a resurrected being three days later. I also know that Joseph Smith did restore the true church to the earth in 1800's, and that he did in reality speak to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ as a fourteen year old boy. I'm so greatful to have a knowledge of this gospel, and that I know of Heavenly father's love for not only myself, but for all of his children. I'm thankful for my family, my loving parents, and for how they strengthen my own testimony with theirs daily. I'm thankful to be a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith everyday in the little things that I do. Reading my scriptures (The Book of Mormon and The King James version of the Bible), saying my prayers to my Heavenly Father, and going to church every Sunday is really only the beginning. I keep myself modest in dress and in speech because we have been instructed by our living Prophet today to do so. I wear a CTR ring everyday to remind myself, and let others know that I plan to choose the right everyday of my life. I make sure that my non-member friends know that I may not always do the things that they may be convinced to do someday-not partaking of drugs, or alcohol, and keeping myself pure until marriage being the three main things. I keep myself only in the holiest of places, so that I will not let myself be persuaded to do anything contrary to the beliefs of my own, my family, and my churches. Some may say that being a member of this church is too 'hard' and we're too 'restricted' from things-well, I'm here to say that is not true. By having a knowledge of the agency our heavenly father gives us, I know that all of these things I choose to do are just that-my choice. And I love making that righteous choice everyday of my life.