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Hi I'm Ivy

I climb rocks, I like discussion and I eat pizza backwards

About Me

I am first and foremost, a human being, and loved by my Heavenly Father. I know this because he has granted me such a beautiful life. I enjoy knitting and reading, as well as writing. I really enjoy listening to music--of any sort. I also enjoy being outside, hiking and rock climbing. When I'm stressed out, I go for a drive. Anytime I am not sitting still, I am happiest. I am a rabid futbol fan, but with my busy schedule I only ever catch the final scores of the game. I live with the philosophy that big things don't have to happen for you to be happy. I am going to university in Utah and live with 5 crazy girls.

Why I am a Mormon

It's hard to envision me having a conversion story--but I do. My conversion story culminated, in my mind, sometime in February of 2011. I was not accepted into the college of my choice, and thus the job I had spent my life planning for was now out of my reach. I had to pick between two other colleges, neither of which I was very excited about. I felt the weight of this decision on me and I wondered WHY this was happening. I had been living my life better; Up until this point I hadn't been living the best life there was for me to live. But through the infectious love that one of my friends had for church, I came to realize that church could actually offer me something. And so, because of her example, I had been going to church; I had been doing my best. So why couldn't I be blessed with this one thing--going to college was a good thing! Then I read Psalms 34, where it invites people to lay their burdens at the feet of the Lord. This night was the first time I actively used the Atonement. I asked the Lord to take away my burdens. The feeling I felt can only be compared to the feeling you get on an airplane take-off, right before gravity sets back in. I was completely weightless, and I knew that the Lord loved me and was watching over me; that the trials I felt were only a blip in time, even if they felt insurmountable. I cannot imagine living without this love lighting my life. I wanted everyone to have it, because this love, I now know, is the only way to true happiness.

How I live my faith

I served an 18 month Spanish speaking mission in Southern California--an experience which as redefined my idea of myself. It is the little things in life that show how I live my faith. I try to help my roommates. I live by the Two Great Commandments: Love God and love your Neighbor. I try not to say bad things about people and at every occurrence, I try to let people see a little bit of the love that God gives to me.

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Ivy
If you feel ready to learn about the Church, all you need to do is contact the Missionaries. They are wonderful young people who will come and will guide you through the process. As a former missionary, I can tell you that these people will love you and only want you to succeed. They will teach you about the standards and beliefs that we have. When you feel ready, you can make the choice to be baptized. Missionaries are there to guide you through that, as well as members of your local congregation. It is a leap of faith, but it is the best leap you will ever make. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Ivy
Missionaries and their families pay for the opportunity to go and serve for 18-24 months. If the family cannot pay, then members of the local congregation will donate and help a missionary. Most young people who want to serve missions will save during their teenaged years in order to fund the mission. Show more Show less