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Hi I'm Abby

I'm the youngest of a family of 8. I love humans, new experiences, and innovative ideas that help people. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Arizona as the youngest--and therefore most spoiled--of six children.Outside of the full-time mission I am currently serving, I am a student at Brigham Young University with a major in Sociology and minors in International Development and Spanish. I love to travel, eat, and learn! I've studied the Spanish language in Spain, and have done research with a poverty relief organization in Mexico. I'm still figuring out my future plans. All I know is that people, as individuals and groups, enthrall me. As do sunsets, personal essays, and new experiences. We'll see where those things lead me.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because the Holy Ghost has testified to me that this church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, is True. (Yes, with a capital T) This is THE Church of Jesus Christ with the fullest, most complete Truth of His Gospel--and therefore the fullest, most complete JOY that can be found in this mortal life. Like I mentioned before, I gained my own testimony when I was about 16. Or at least, that's when I realized that I had my own testimony. I can't say that I have had a "singular experience" in which I knew all at once that the church was true. But rather, my life has been FILLED with experiences that have built on one another to become my testimony. I exercised faith. I was obedient. I learned and lived the Gospel. I prayed. For a large portion of my life, I did all of these things because I was taught to and I felt that I "should". And then I came to a point where I realized that my motivation had changed--that I was no longer doing these things for anyone else. At some point (around the age of 16), I began to seek Christ and to desire my own, personal relationship with Him. The prayers that surrounded that moment were when I recognized my personal testimony. As I've gotten older, I am still striving to grow closer to the Savior and to live His Gospel more completely. I have experienced greater light and greater personal trial in this process, and my testimony has grown as a result of both. I have experienced the pure joy that comes from living the True and living Gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I am currently serving as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in California. In other words, I spend all day everyday inviting people to Christ and His Gospel. In other words, my life is pretty miracle-ridden right now. In other words, I've never been more full of honest-to-goodness JOY. But I suppose that's what "living the faith" entails, doesn't it? :)

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Yes, I/we really believe that there is a living, breathing, wonderful prophet living on this Earth today. His name is President Thomas S. Monson. The spirit has testified to me that he is a prophet of God. I know that his messages are from God because they have lifted and guided me in inspired ways. I always look forward to our biannual General Conferences, in which we get to hear from the prophet and other inspired authorities of the church. It is a miraculous experience when you open your heart and mind to their messages. These inspired individuals are just one of the ways God has given us to feel of His love for us and to learn what He would have us do. Show more Show less