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Hi I'm Olivia!

I am a classical music advocate, artist, competitive pianist, philomath, classics reader, political thinker & genealogy enthusiast

About Me

I am a 17 year old from Queen Creek, Arizona. I am the oldest of five siblings, and I am passionate about life. I am a competitive classical pianist and have won multiple awards on a state level. I also play the guitar and cello and sing in a professional-level choral organization. I love fine art, and I work in charcoal, graphite, and oil. I have won numerous art competitions and have sold quite a few of my pieces. I entered college early, and I plan to study political science and law in the near future. I advocate for free-thinking and the liberal arts in education. I love family history and have researched over a thousand individual names for ordinance work thus far. I am passionate about freedom, love, and leadership, and I hope to change the world someday.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have found out for myself that this church is true. There cannot be found any other church on this earth whose organization, teachings, and structure is so perfectly aligned with that of the Savior's. This church truly is the restored gospel of Christ. I have studied the prophets' words both ancient and modern and have striven to apply them in my life. I have seen the blessings this gospel brings to me. I have seen the light of Christ in my life, and I know that His teachings are true. I know God lives. I know Jesus Christ lives.

How I live my faith

I live my faith simply. I read my scriptures daily and pray often. I look for chances to serve others and I share and develop my talents so as to improve myself and use them for good. I serve actively in my church callings, and I strive to be a good friend and leader. I love to share my thoughts and feelings on the gospel with my friends and my family. I diligently research my family history and attend the temple weekly. I try to "include" the Lord in everything I do. I love this gospel with all my heart, and I feel as though I cannot possibly deny the truth of it.

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Olivia!
The Book of Mormon is written by the men who were called by God as prophets in the ancient days. They were inspired by the Lord as to what they should include in their records and had strong testimonies. They were real men, who witnessed the gospel and Christ's coming among the people. The Book is a witness of Christ, and has His teachings all throughout it. It is called the Book of Mormon because he was one of the last prophets involved in the compiling of the Book. Joseph Smith was the one who translated the Book of Mormon and made it ready for us today. At the end of the Book, there is a promise to those who read it and truly pray about its truth. They will know through the Holy Ghost that it is true. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Olivia!
How can there not be a God? Look around you: at your friends and family, your possessions, the beautiful earth. The Earth herself is a witness of God! He loves us, and has provided us with so many things. If you truly pray, I know that God will let you know if he is there. All we need to do is ask. Show more Show less

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Olivia!
I believe that this is a unique and important part of our religion. We want to be prepared for anything and everything, but also to be able to serve others when trials happen. All over the world, Mormons have been rescuers and have provided care for people who experience natural and financial disasters. With food storage and supplies, as well as being able to provide for our families in case of emergency, we can be ready for the events which will happen in the future. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Olivia!
There is no beginning and no end to life. Death is only a steppingstone in God's plan for us. For some, it comes quickly. But death is not the end. We lived before we came to Earth, and we are going to live forever. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Olivia!
We want to give everyone the chance to find Christ. If they weren't able to learn of God in their lifetimes, we want to help them. We can give them this choice to accept the gospel and teachings of Jesus Christ through the baptisms we do in the temple. It is an amazing opportunity for us as youth of the church to find our own family members' names and do this work for them. The baptisms are a beautiful thing to be part of, and I have definitely seen their peaceful effect in my life. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Olivia!
As time grow even closer to the coming of Christ, and the world is worsening and becoming darker, the people of the earth are grasping for light. They want to know the answers to their questions: Where did I come from? Why am I here? Where am I going? Our church knows the answers. We have light, truth, and happiness. We know that we are children of God. When others see how we live, they can learn of us. We are pretty happy and friendly. People do wonder why! :) Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Olivia!
We are totally Christians! Everything we do is based on His teachings. We try to be like him in all our actions. Jesus Christ is the head of our church, and our supreme example. He is my Savior, and he is the son of God. He lives. Our whole church is centered around him, and without him, each of us would be lost. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Olivia!
We are not required to serve a mission, but are encouraged. The standards the youth live are currently preparing them for that very thing. The Savior has commanded us to do it through the scriptures, and I don't want to let him down. Some of us have even been told personally that the Lord wants us to serve a mission. I know that serving a mission is one of the most rewarding things I will ever do. I have seen family and friends come back from sharing the gospel, and they are full of light and life! I am very excited to serve a mission! Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Olivia!
Abortion is not of God. Every son and daughter of God has the right to come to Earth and gain a body. When an abortion is performed, it steals the life of that baby. It literally makes me cry to think of how many precious spirits have been unable to come to Earth because of the horrible acts of abortion. Show more Show less