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Hi I'm Haleigh Nielson

My name is Haleigh, I grew up in San Diego, I love the outdoors, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was studying exercise physiology at a university and hoped to become a physical therapist. However, I decided to put off my plans for eighteen months so that I can serve as a missionary of this church. This decision was not an easy one and it took months of prayer and fasting before I decided that this was a course in life that I needed to take. This decision is both a sacrifice and a blessing in my life because I will have the privilege of teachings others what has brought such joy into my life but I will have to give up my favorite hobbies for the duration that I am serving. I love rock climbing, hiking, camping, going to the beach, swimming, playing volleyball and soccer, and I just love being with people.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up in the church was not ideal for me. I was baptized when I was eight but I did not have a testimony of the church; the sole reason I went to church was because my parents took me and basically made me go every week. It wasn't until the hardest time of my life that I truly became converted unto the church. I had no friends in school or at church because all of my friends went to different schools. I was making some bad decisions and I was just angry and everything that I was going through and who I was. One day, I made a wrong choice and was caught. I was sent home to deal with my consequences. That was the breaking point in my life. It was my lowest of lows; I have never been that broken before in my life. That day was also one of my greatest days, though it did not feel so at the time. My mom had shown me a new way to turn my hurting heart into peace and hope. That was Christ and His Atonement. After months and eventually years, I gained a testimony of Christ and His infinite love for me. Eventually, I gained a testimony of the church. I have never been the same ever since. "My soul hath been redeemed from the gall of bitterness and bonds of iniquity. I was in the darkest abyss; but now I behold the Marvelous light of God. My soul was racked with eternal torment, but I am snatched, and my soul is pained no more" (Mosiah 27:29). (Ether 12:6, Moroni 3:5-6)

How I live my faith

I live my faith by striving everyday to be what I want to become. I want to become more like my Savior, Jesus Christ. I want to become a mother so I am learning how to be honest, kind, selfless, and forgiving. I want to be a leader so I serve my church callings to the best of my ability and trust in God and the people I work with. I want to be loved and to be my best self so I read my scriptures every day, I love others constantly, I strive to keep my covenants that I have made in the temple, and I makes goals every day to be a little better and make each day just a little greater.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Haleigh Nielson
The church STRONGLY recommend young men ages 18 or older to serve a mission. It helps with their maturity, strengthens their testimony of Christ, and helps them become more responsible and mature. Sisters are allowed to go, but it is completely voluntary. With the new age change of young women being allowed to go from age 21 to 19, a lot more young women are going on missions. Show more Show less

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

Haleigh Nielson
Our bodies are one of God's greatest gifts to us. Treating our bodies "like a temple" by exercising often, eating heathily, no drinking or smoking, and not getting a tattoo. Following these guidelines that God has given us might seem tedious but it is for our benefit. Respecting our bodies not only qualifies us for greater blessings from God, it also gives us greater confidence in ourself. Show more Show less