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Hi I'm Hope

I love spending time with my family, playing soccer, and learning. I grew up all over the United States. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 21 years old. For the past three years I have been studying at a university to get a bachelor's in science. My major is Excercise Science, a pre-health career major, since I would like to go to physical therapy school after I graduate. I think studying biology, specifically the physiology of the human body, is fascinating. So many processes work together in us to make us who we are! I am also minoring in Spanish. Spanish classes have always been my fun classes. I enjoy learning a second language because I get to know more about other people and their cultures. I actually had the chance to live in Spain for a few months as a study abroad student, where I fell in love with the language, customs, art, and history of the penninsula. One of my favorite things to do is spend time with friends and family. There is nothing better than sitting outside in the backyard, laughing and talking with the people you love the most. Spending time with my family and friends has become especially important to me since my family has moved many times. My dad serves in the U.S. military and, as a result, he is stationed somewhere new periodically. Even though it was difficult moving often, it was also a new adventure for our family. I learned to appreciate the friendships I had. Sometimes during the move, it felt like my siblings were my only friends. We are still really close to this day. I am grateful for the opportunity I had to know so many wonderful places and people.

Why I am a Mormon

The reason I am a Mormon cannot be tied down to one single event or decision. I have grown up going to church with my parents and learning about Christ's teachings through their instruction. Even at a young age, however, I felt the truth of what I was learning. When I followed the principles I learned from my parents and church, I knew that what I was doing was the right decision. These principles of Christ bring peace and joy in my life. I know that God loves me and has a plan for me. I love God and want to show my love for him through my actions. This is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I love everything about the Church. I get to participate in some many ways, in activities, in worship, in leadership positions. I have learned more about myself as I have learned how to serve other people through "callings" or assignments I have received in church. For example, my mom as a child had always put me through piano lessons. I was never not very good, but then I was called to play hymns for every Sunday meeting for the whole congregation. As a result, my musical talents sky-rocked. I wouldn't say that I am an advanced pianist, but I do know that this calling helped me become more than I was. I love that we learn how to better love those around us. Church members around the world are taught to look for ways to branch out and lift others around them. We participate in community service projects, we participate in disaster cleanups, we even have programs to serve and visit each individual member of the church, as well as those who are not of our faith. I have learned how to really see others as children of God, not just as strangers anymore.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

God has a plan and a purpose for each one of us. The role of being a woman is central and essential to His plan. A woman does not hold the priesthood, but she has equal access to all the blessings that God has for us, His children. She plays a special role in this journey of life. Just as a man in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints leads and guides in his leadership roles, a woman in the church does the same. Men and women are equal in the eyes of God and, therefore, are equal in the Church. Show more Show less