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Hi I'm Olivia Gunnell

I'm a 24-year old wife, mother, artist, writer, aspiring book editor, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married to my best friend. Dalin and I were sealed for eternity on August 19th in the Boston, MA Temple. Being married the past four years and becoming a mother to our beautiful daughter and sweet son has been the happiest time in my life. I love art and museums of all types. I am currently on my 33rd journal. I am from a little town in New Hampshire and am eager to move back east after graduating from BYU. I miss the lakes, trees, ocean, and rolling green hills, but most importantly I miss my wonderful parents and two younger brothers. I have an Associate's of Science in English from BYU-Idaho. I am majoring in English at BYU. I love playing tennis, camping, fishing, hiking, writing, reading, cooking, swing-dancing, and being a mother. More than anything, I am grateful for my journey in motherhood and I can't wait to grow our family with my wonderful husband. My greatest goal is to be able to be with my family for time and all eternity. Every day I am working toward that goal.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Being from New Hampshire where members of the Church were few, I stood out in my high school. As a young woman, I was obedient to my parents and Church standards, and although it was not always easy to do the right thing, I knew the importance of setting an example for my peers. Because everyone knew I was a Mormon, I took every opportunity to share my beliefs and to invite friends to church activities. I invited my best friend and a number of other girls to Church and to Girls' Camp, where they were able to feel the Spirit and come closer to Christ. I also brought my dear friend to the Church's youth program, Especially for Youth (EFY). Though this friend has not joined the Church, I have seen a difference in how she lives her life. We are both trying to be more like Christ. I am thankful for the Savior's atonement. I know that because of His sacrifice, I can be with my family for all eternity if we strive to live worthily in this life. I know that families are forever. I know that our prophet receives revelation from Heavenly Father. I believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God and will continue to abide by its precepts. I love the Savior and am trying to be like Him. Matthew 6:33 "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."

How I live my faith

My Daily Spiritual Routine: Personal Prayer, morning and night Family Prayer with my husband each night Read the scriptures with my husband Write in my journal Obey the commandments Share my testimony in word and deed Be positive and friendly to everyone I meet Share the gospel as often as I can Try to become more like Christ by being better than the day before Attend Church each Sunday and fulfill my calling Refrain from swearing, drugs, alcohol, and other harmful activities Avoid anything that causes the Spirit to leave Call my family often Devote myself to my husband and making him and our marriage happy Love and teach my children to live the gospel of Jesus Christ Love and serve others with a Christlike love

Are Mormons Christians?

Olivia Gunnell
Oh, we absolutely are Christians. The nickname "Mormon" is just that: a nickname. His Church is called after Him and is known as "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints." I have many family members who are not of my faith, including grandparents who are members of the Methodist Church. They, too, believe in Christ and know with certainty that the LDS Church strictly follow and attempt to be like the Savior Jesus Christ. Although they do not know everything about the Church, one thing they can be certain about is that we believe in Jesus Christ. We use His name reverently in conversation and close our prayers in His sacred name. We do not use His name in vain. Some do not know why the LDS Church does not use the cross as a common symbol. Though we very much believe in the Atonement of Christ, we do not dwell on His suffering on the cross, but rather His resurrection. I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior and that He will be our advocate with the Father. I am trying to follow His example to the best of my ability. He loves us all. He is my Brother. Show more Show less