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Hi I'm Rilee

I grew up in Utah, I study art, I'm currently writing a novel, I enjoy playing the piano in my free time, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a single young adult studying art in college. I've always loved to draw. My preferred media is illustration markers. It leaves little room for mistakes, but looks gorgeous when done right. I'm interested in the anime style of drawing, although I am not limited to it. I usually like to draw characters or comic strips and experiment with different approaches to get better results. I can draw from life, but I draw out of my head more than anything. Another hobby of mine is music. I have played the violin ever since I was five and studied the piano for two years in high school. If I had to choose between the two I would always pick the piano. Most of what I know is self taught, but that doesn't stop me from practicing almost every day and learning more difficult pieces. With music, I mostly play by ear instead of reading the music. I can read music, but it doesn't take me long to memorize something once I understand what it sounds like. For a pianist, I have tiny hands. I barely reach an octave. Not that hand size would ever stop me. Last of all I like to write. There hasn't been a day in my life that I can remember where I haven't written something. Some friends and I are currently working on a novel which started as just a fun project, but we'd like to move it forward. It's a lot of work, but I love the creative process that goes into it. We've had many fun meetings where we discuss our ideas and I wouldn't give those up for the world.

Why I am a Mormon

I've never not been a Mormon. I was born and raised in the church, but that didn't mean I always believed in it. Like any convert to the church, someone born inside it must learn for themselves whether or not they believe it's true. It took many years of questioning and figuring out who I was. Sometimes it was hard and I wasn't sure what to do, but in the end I found out that this is the true church and exactly where I need to be. I can't imagine what my life would be like without the gospel. I'd be so lost and wouldn't know what I should do. Some may say that following orders and abiding by the teachings of the gospel are hard, but I've found that it's even harder not to. Everything the gospel teaches is for our benefit and happiness. I have found no greater joy than attending church, learning by studying the scriptures, and coming to know my Savior and Redeemer. I love being a Mormon. Everyone is so happy and we get along with one another. I have a wonderful family that are like best friends to me. I'm hardly ever sick. Anything I do I can do well, because of the guidance of the Lord. I've had a blessed life with little sorrow or worry. I know this only comes about because I've striven to follow all the gospel teachings. In my heart I know that there is no other way to happiness and eternal life.

How I live my faith

My calling in the church is to be the ward librarian. I organize all the reading material we use, make sure we have enough supplies to teach classes, and make many copies of flyers or papers for our church meetings. Sometimes it's hard to miss out on the classes. I'd love to be there learning, but I know that what I do is a calling of the Lord. He has asked me to do this and I will do it to the best of my abilities. Occasionally I get the opportunity to play the hymns on the piano to accompany our singing. I love to do it, but it's not often I get the chance. Others are called to play and I don't mind letting them. Each calling we have gives us something to learn. Learning to play the piano, to me, is never a bad thing. I'm happy more people get the opportunity. I enjoy attending church meetings and activities in my singles ward. We have many good lessons, and it's fun to work together towards the same goal. We may not all know each other by name, but everyone is kind. I feel accepted and appreciated in everything I do there. The thing I struggle most with is visiting teaching, but I do my best to get it done. Often times it takes a while to track down each girl and talk to her. The ward is quite large and I've never been good at remembering names or faces. Still, I think it is good practice and I usually end up running into each of them when I least expect it. The Lord always provides a way to get your callings done. All in all, living the teachings of the gospel is how I keep my faith. I follow the things I am supposed to do and work each day to do them better. Becoming stronger in the faith is a matter of practice, dedication, and keeping the right attitude. The gospel isn't a race with a winner, but a trial of endurance whereupon each individual has an equal chance to return to live with our Heavenly Father.