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Hi I'm Bip

I overcame an eating disorder. I'm an Air Force brat. I'm a missionary. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am an avid singer, dancer and overall, dramatic performer. I love the arts and feel the best way to express myself and my beliefs is through them. I adore reading; I can always be found with at least one book in my car or backpack or bed. I'm a military child who had the opportunity to live in Germany for 5 years where I was baptized and went to my first temple. Traveling around the world, meeting so many people while I do, I have gained numerous experiences that have strengthened my testimony of Christ and His church. I have fought an eating disorder, anxiety and depression and still find the strength to get through every day because of the Atonement of my Savior, Jesus Christ. I am now serving a mission in the beautiful state or Oregon where I work to share my testimony of the happiness I've found in this life.

Why I am a Mormon

Many people say that you aren't a convert if you've grown up in the church. I beg to differ. When I turned 8, I had already been attending church with my family but I knew the vital decision to devote my life to this belief was up to me. I still remember the moment when I knelt in prayer to ask for a confirmation that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was true and I will never forget the burning truth of the Holy Ghost testifying to me that it was and is. I had many difficulties with health and with 5 siblings that had various mental problems and of course, moving and changing schools all the time didn't help my social life. In spite of that, I have always found love, friendship and support from every ward I have been in around the globe. Through the tribulations of high school, peer pressure and making decisions for college, I have always found that turning to my Heavenly Father in prayer will comfort and guide me to make the right choices and be on the right path to serve my mission in life.

How I live my faith

As one of the older teenagers in my ward, I was called to be the Laurel class president. This means I led opening exercises for Sunday and Wednesday meetings and I was in charge of meeting with the other 16-17 year old girls to support them in anything they needed. I loved being part of the Young Women program and watching the various young girls in my ward stand firm in the faith as they went through their daily lives of school and friends not of our faith. The testimony they showed through simple actions (like being kind and smiling to complete strangers) inspires me and reminds me of the love they have for me, each other, and most of all, their Heavenly Father. I am also reminded then of the great love Heavenly Father has for me as a daughter of God and I strive to show the light and love of Christ to all I see.