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Hi I'm Holly

I was born and raised here in Utah and lived here my whole life. I'm getting ready to go on an LDS mission at the end of August.

About Me

I am going to school to be a Journalist. I love to write, I get it from my grandmother who is an author. I write novels, though I don't have anything published yet. In high-school I'd always just planned on majoring in English. Sadly, there's not a whole lot you can do with an English degree. I started a sports blog for the Utah Jazz and somebody told me I would make a good sports reporter. I decided to combine my two loves, writing and sports and take their advice. So after high-school, I decided to major in Journalism. I've worked on the University paper where I go to school and I fell in love with not only doing sports coverage, but all different kinds of stories. I've met so many different people as I've gone and interviewed for many different types of events for the paper, and I know I've chosen the right thing for myself. Writing is my passion, and I've been blessed to be able to share that passion with other people by working at the paper. I'm going on a mission at the end of August and I will only have 17 credits until I receive my bachelor's degree, so I plan to finish that up in one or two semesters when I return from my mission.

Why I am a Mormon

I've been a member all of my life, but I wasn't truly converted until college. Starting my senior year of high-school, I really began struggling with the church. I wasn't sure if I'd ever felt the spirit since I didn't have that big "boom" moment that some members talk about when they feel the spirit. I really struggled believing that God was real, or if he was real how he could love me as much as he loved some of the other members in my ward. In short, I was comparing myself to other people in the ward and it wasn't helping me at all. I became inactive, really struggling to believe that God could ever be there for me, and instead choosing to believe that there wasn't actually a God. I went through this for a couple of years. My best friend was always there for me. She remained active and strong in the gospel and though she knew I was inactive, she just loved me all the more. We went to San Dieago on a vacation, and she wanted to go to the temple while we were there. Though I couldn't go inside, I just walked along the grounds and I just prayed to God to know if the church was true. I'd been so unhappy not going to church, and I really wanted to know. I got my answer. I knew then that the church was true and I could feel how much the Lord loved me. I realized then that I didn't need a big "boom" moment. I realized that I feel the spirit whenever I go to church and I just feel this peace and joy. And that's enough for me. I did have a big moment in the Sacred Grove last summer when I prayed there as the Prophet Joseph Smith prayed, and it was an incrediable moment. But just feeling this joy and peace as I keep going to church and trying to do the things I should is enough. I love the Gospel. It's everything to me, and I can't wait to go on my mission and share what makes me so happy with other people.

How I live my faith

I'm in a Singles Ward, and I'm involved as a teacher. I teach the women of the ward, just lessons about the gospel. I will have that calling up until I go on my mission at the end of August. I love my calling. I've had this calling for almost a year. I've enjoyed teaching because it's taught me a lot as I prepare the lessons. It has been great having this calling especially because I'll be teaching on my mission and have that teaching experience.

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

The Holy Ghost testifies that the Gospel is true. When you feel peace and joy when it comes to the gospel, that's how you can know that the church is true. I personally know that anybody who reads the Book of Mormon and prays about it can feel that peaceful, happy feeling that is the spirit. I've felt it many times as I've read and prayed, and I know it's true. The Holy Ghost is very special to me and the best feeling in the world is to be able to feel the Holy Ghost's presence and to be able to have that assurance that the church is true. Show more Show less