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Hi I'm Sister Walter

I'm a German BYU-I graduate. I'm a teacher. I'm a story writer. I'm a daughter. I'm an auntie. I'm a missionary. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 24 year old recent graduate from BYUI. Now one might ask how a girl from Germany ended up in Idaho out of all the places to go and study, but it was simply faith. Anyone who has ever been to Rexburg and set foot on campus knows the spirit of this special place. They were four of my best years there. I grew up in a town in Southern Germany, about 90 minutes each from the French and Swiss border. My family history work shows that I am about as German as one can be. Family history was always fascinating to me even before I knew the church. I love to look at old records and family possessions to see who the members of my family are and what their life was like. I studied Elementary Education while going to BYU-Idaho and absolutely love it. It was one of the earliest promptings that I remember receiving after joining the church. The world, future income and stability all told me that I should be studying English Education, which I would be able to use back in Germany. However, my heart wasn’t in it and so the first day of my second semester I dropped half of my classes and added a bunch of new ones. Ever since life has been a lot better. Although I dropped the English major, I love to write and read. As teacher I especially love children’s literature up to young adult literature. While a good story line is important, I also love the ease of the topics for those age groups. And then there are times, when there is nothing better than cheesy LDS novel chick flick.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon, because I know that this church is true. I converted during the fall months of 2011 and since then my testimony has grown stronger with every day. I am a Mormon, because it makes my life better and more importantly it makes me happy. I have been a member of another church before, but I never felt so integrated and the need to learn so much more about Christ and the Gospel. I am a Mormon, because family is important to us. As we are sealed in the temple, we have the chance to stay with our families forever – in the literal sense. It is a great comfort that one day I can see my grandparents again, meet those I haven't met and be with them forever. I was able to represent my grandmother during the sealing of my mother to her late parents. I know they were excited to have her forever, just as we are excited to have them forever. I am a Mormon, because I love Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father and I know that they do everything in their power to help us return home to them. We are not alone in this world and they will come to our rescue. Sometimes it will not be done in our timing, but they NEVER forget us. They know what is best for us and guide us through rough times until we get there. I am a Mormon, because it helps me to be a better person and reminds me of the importance of the little things and commandments in life. Heavenly Father has a loving plan for each of us. It is not about being perfect, but about striving to get there one day. President Thomas S. Monson once said "Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says, 'I'll try again tomorrow.'" I am a Mormon, because it is one of the greatest opportunities to have living prophets who can give us counsel applying so very much to our life and the lifetime right now. And finally I am a Mormon, because I know the Book of Mormon is true. The Bible and Book of Mormon together help us to find out what is expected of us and it gives us clear guidance in the right direction.

How I live my faith

This question made me think quite a bit. I’d like to say that I live my faith by reading my scriptures every day, saying all my prayers first thing in the morning and last thing at night, always following all the commandments, regularly attending the temple, serving others and fulfilling my calling full heartily. Well, I try to be that way. Does it always work out? Probably not. I reread what I had written in this section over three years ago and realized there is more to the standard answers that we all recite when ask certain questions during Relief Society or Sunday school. As I grew into the church these past four years, I realized that sometimes other things are more important. Someone once told me that they were having a bad week (or couple of weeks) and on Sunday the meetings didn’t seem to give her any improvement. An attentive Relief Society President had noticed that something was wrong, and pulled her aside between meetings. Of course the time between meetings is short and soon they should have been in class. However, the president told this sister: “Let Sunday school be, you look like you need to talk and that’s what we will do.” This sister might have gotten her answers and comfort during Sunday school, but another sister recognized the need and became the tool in the Lords hands. I try to live my faith by not only going through the standard answers of what to do, but by trying to be like this leader, who recognized that sometimes a conversation with a sister in need of comfort is more important than attending all her meetings. I think that is what our Savior did during his life. We can only reach those around us, if we take the time to stop and help them when they most need it. How do I life my faith? I strive to read my scriptures daily, say my prayers, follow the commandments, attending my meetings and the temple, and to fulfill my calling. But my priority is to listen to the sweet promptings asking me to help and serve those who truly need me.