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Hi I'm Haley

I'm a missionary, a big sister, an avid reader, and a Mormon!

About Me

I'm nineteen years old and the oldest of six children. I recently left school at BYU to become a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints! I am so excited to be serving the Lord in the New York New York South mission. I love spending time with my friends and family, reading books, and eating Mexican food.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church, and I'm very lucky because the Gospel has always been a part of my life. I do not, however, believe in this Church simply because I was born into it. There comes a time in everyone's life when they have to decide for themselves what they truly believe. Life isn't always easy, but I've learned through my trials that the best way to handle a situation is to lean on the Lord and I know that He will always be there to comfort and guide me. I've learned that the things of eternity are what matter most in this life, and I will do all that I can to please my Father now so that He will be proud of me later. So many people have paved the way and sacrificed for me so that I could have the Gospel. I could never fully understand - and therefore never fully appreciate - the love that has been shown towards me even before I was born. I love the Church with all my heart. I love the sweet understanding and perspective that it brings to my life, and the knowledge that my Father in Heaven is always there to help me when I need Him... and I always need Him. I love the people that I interact with at church every week. I consider many of them to be my dearest friends. The Gospel is a constant reminder that there are greater things in store for each one of us. Life can be challenging, and it was meant to be that way. The important thing is to let your trials strengthen you so that you come out stronger than before and more motivated to live your life right. In the end, I know that the Church is true because I have felt it. I've had so many moments in my life when the Spirit has spoken to me and I've known, without a shadow of a doubt, that God lives and loves me and wants the best for me. Ultimately, I know that the Gospel is true not because someone told me it is or because I want it to be true... it's truly because of the confirmation that I feel in my heart daily. What a beautiful impact truth can have in our lives.

How I live my faith

As a missionary, I am always trying to grow spiritually and help others do the same. Sharing the gospel with others and serving those around me helps my own testimony to grow! I try to stay close to my Heavenly Father by reading my scriptures every day, and I pray often throughout each day. I am just doing the best I can to help others and to live my life in a way that is pleasing to my Heavenly Father. I try my hardest to be a good example and live true to my standards so that I can have a positive influence on others.

Are Mormons Christians?

Haley
We are absolutely Christians. No doubt about it. A Christian is someone who believes in the teachings of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the namesake of our Church. We believe that He atoned for our sins and was crucified. On the third day, He was resurrected, and the same can happen to us after we die. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ and accept Him as our Savior. Show more Show less

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

Haley
The Book of Mormon, as well as the Bible, is the word of God. It includes the writings of ancient prophets living on the American continent. Joseph Smith was instructed to obtain the golden plates by an angel named Moroni - who was the last to write on those very same plates. With divine help, Joseph Smith translated those writings into English, which we now know as the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less