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Hi I'm Haley

I'm a sister, a friend, and a student. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in a rural city in eastern Utah... think four-wheelers and mountains and hay fields. Although it was somewhat isolated, growing up in a small town taught me the value of community--I learned to cherish friendships and family relationships. My parents and my younger sisters are some of my very best friends! Long conversations, laughter, and learning about people are some of my favorite things to do, and I owe a lot of that to my family and my hometown. Other things I like: music (I play the piano and the ukulele), running (Ragnar, baby!), baking (yes, I have a major sweet tooth), the stars on a clear night, and the color blue. I love learning and experiencing new things, so the past four years at university have been such an adventure for me--I've had the chance to take crazy classes like tap-dancing and microbiology, I've lived in Madrid while studying abroad, and I have made some really incredible friends.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church, but I think I truly "grew into" my own belief of the gospel in my early teens. It wasn't such an immediate thing for me, and I think it was the accumulation of a lot of small experiences rather than any one big "light bulb" moment that really solidified my belief in the Lord's existence and His plan for my life as outlined in the gospel. What I love most about the gospel is the peace and the hope that it brings to my life. An understanding of the atonement, for example, reminds me that my mistakes and shortcomings don't have to hold me back from realizing my divine potential, from being the best I can be. The principle of eternal families comforts me because I know that I can be with my parents and my sisters after this life is over. And a knowledge of God as my heavenly father and as an all-powerful being who loves me helps me to get through the challenges of everyday life, because I know as my father that He will help me get through those challenges. In life, we don't always know why certain things happen, or what will happen in our future. We may feel alone at times or like nobody really understands what we're going through. We may wonder what purpose, if any, our life serves. For me, the gospel answers these unspoken questions. Our Heavenly Father DOES know what we're experiencing. He has promised to be a friend to the friendless. And He has a plan for each one of our lives. And even though life can sometimes feel uncertain, the knowledge that the Lord sees the bigger picture for my life gives me comfort, peace, hope. That's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

The gospel is really about making a lot of the RIGHT small decisions, a lot of times. In the same way that I gained a testimony of the gospel through the accumulation of small, spiritual experiences, small righteous decisions now help me come closer to God. Things like daily scripture study, personal prayer, and church involvement help me discover His plan for my life. As I strive to live my life according to His commandments and following in the example of my Savior, I have been able to find peace in my life. Even though I'm very busy with school and my other activities, I work really hard to take care of my friends and family--being a good sister, a good daughter, and a good friend is really important to me. The Savior is the perfect example of love, so for me, being good to the people in my life is one of the ways I can share my love for the Savior with those around me.

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

Christ is the perfect example of many of the qualities we seek after in life, and his example of love is no exception. The bible (1 Corinthians 13) defines this love as charity--as a love that is patient and kind and enduring. I think this is the kind of love that we all want in life, the kind of love we seek to build in all of our relationships. As we exercise faith in Christ by changing our habits and our mindsets, I think we open ourselves up to His great love for us--a love that is perfect and unconditional. And as we do this and come to recognize our true value through the eyes of our Savior, I think our capacity to love others in a similar way is increased. I also know that it is through Christ that we can overcome the mistakes and shortcomings that might otherwise damage our important relationships. He promises to strengthen us (see 2 Corinthians 12:9). He promises to give us the wisdom we need to be successful in our relationships if we will ask him (James 1:5). Isaiah says that by Christ's stripes, we are healed--the atonement offers us a healing power that extends into every aspect of our life, including our relationships. Show more Show less