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Hi I'm Michelle Scott

I'm a windows-rolled-down kind of girl. I like country music and star gazing. I'm a student at BYU. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am nineteen years young and recently finished my freshman year of college. I'm a big dork and I just love life. I have one younger brother, and it's just us and my parents in the cute suburbs of Centennial, Colorado. I like to pretend that I can play soccer, and I also like to go on long, slow (keyword: slow) runs. I love hiking and spending Saturdays getting sunburned at my brother's soccer games. I love to make jokes and make people smile. I believe in miracles and cry easily at spiritual things. I am a follower of Jesus Christ. I love His gospel with all of my heart. I have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since June 12, 2011. My friend Emma Lattin first invited me to go to church with her in October of 2010. It took a lot of pushing on her part to get me to church sometimes, but I eventually reached a point where I wanted to go every single week - she didn't have to invite me anymore, she just assumed I would be there. It didn't take long for me to gain a testimony; I feel like I was prepared to hear the gospel long before I actually did. My parents were the main road block in getting baptized, and I spent many nights with the missionaries praying that they would understand my wishes and allow me to be baptized. My mom's heart was eventually softened, and she allowed me to be baptized. She now attends church as well. Who says God doesn't answer our prayers?

Why I am a Mormon

I'm Mormon because my Heavenly Father showed me the truth. I'm just an awkward, loud 19 year old, but He loved me enough - ME - to answer my heart-felt prayers, showing me the great truths that are found in this gospel. For a long time I didn't know how to pray or how to ask for forgiveness of my sins; I never even knew that I could be forgiven for things that I had done. The first time I truly repented for my sins, I felt the genuine, all-encompassing power of forgiveness, and I knew in that moment that my Heavenly Father knew me and my situation. He forgave me; He took away my pain and replaced it with knowledge of His promise to "remember [my sins] no more" (D&C 58:42). I am Mormon because I know that Jesus Christ suffered the Atonement for all people - I have felt the true power of it in my own life. In addition, the Spirit has taught me that the church was restored to the earth by Joseph Smith, that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, and that Thomas S. Monson is a true and living prophet on the earth today. I'm Mormon because this church makes me happy. In the midst of life and the trials we go through, we naturally seek stability, comfort, and a source of happiness. This church, for me, provides all of that and more. I have made the greatest friends, had incredible experiences, and learned so much about myself and life just from being a member of this church. Since joining the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, my life has been forever changed. I'm still me; that's the important part. My ambitions have changed, though. I think I've finally figured out what matters most in life. I have hope; I'm not stuck in darkness anymore. I have the privilege of raising a family of my own in this church, and watching my kids grow up with the standards and truths I treasure so much now. I look forward to what life holds for me, and I am more than excited to dedicate it completely to my Savior.

How I live my faith

I try to be an example of my Heavenly Father's love in all that I do. I've learned that it's not about declaring what you believe as much as it is about showing what you believe. I could walk around screaming "I'm Mormon" if I really wanted to, but what would that really prove? It makes more of an impact on a person to be genuinely kind to them. I'm working on being more selfless by serving people in my community and serving in assignments in church. My greatest personal setback is patience; everyday, I try to become more like my Savior by working on my patience with myself and with those around me. During my first semester at BYU, I was able to work with a few girls that lived in my hallway to sort of watch over the functions of our group, Relief Society, which meets every Sunday. Relief Society at a college-level primarily focuses on teaching young women their role in the church and how they can be positive influences as students, mothers, and wives. I was able to get to know the girls I lived with really well by teaching them, serving them, and talking with them. It was incredible to see how a bunch of college-aged kids were able to take assignments and responsibilities upon themselves and help our ward run so smoothly. I also recently received a mission call to the Peru Lima East mission. I will be serving the Lord for 18 months of my life, starting on July 31, 2013. It is going to be an incredible experience, dedicating all of my thoughts, time, and effort to sharing the gospel with the sweet people of Peru. I cannot wait to serve. I know this is Christ's church on the earth today, and I know that He is my Savior, and I CAN'T WAIT to shout it from the rooftops in Peru!!