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Hi I'm Genevieve

I come from a small town in Oregon. I'm going to serve a mission in the Philippines in March. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Most of the activities I love are somewhat solitary: I enjoy writing novels, playing piano, singing, drawing, and knitting. Despite these quiet, lonesome hobbies, I also enjoy spending time with others, climbing trees, and having adventures. As of now, I have completed high school and two years of college. I'm an English major with a creative writing emphasis and a music minor.

Why I am a Mormon

I've always had a testimony of the truthfulness of this gospel, but I never acted much on it until my sophomore year of high school. Up to that point I had been going through life—even attending church—all out of a sense of duty, a desire to avoid ultimate punishment. Duty, rather than a respect for God's wishes, was the main reason I started reading the New Testament for my seminary class: it was required; it was something that could be completed and checked off my homework list. Reading the scriptures that semester changed me. I came to realize that doing things to fulfill perceived requirements for ultimate happiness was not making me happy. The words in the scriptures were what would make me a better person, not merely the act of reading them. I had always been more pessimistic about the seeming entropy of life; I kept holding out for a promised day—probably after life—when I'd be happier than I was. In the years since then I have realized even more strongly that happiness must be a reality now. It's still not easy for me to choose happiness. But it comes easier to me now because I know that my Heavenly Father wants me to be happy. And so I try to align my will with His, not out of a sense of duty, but out of agreement.

How I live my faith

The simple things the Lord has asked us to do—like praying and reading scriptures daily—really help me to stay on track. One of the things I love about the Church is how many service opportunities I have. In my last ward I served for about a year as a family history consultant, which allowed me to teach a class on the importance of researching one's ancestry. I also gained a great love for my ancestors and all the work that my relatives have already done to find them. I am currently serving a mission in the Philippines.