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Hi I'm September

I'm a writer. I'm a reader. I'm a traveler. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have a passion for stories--movies, musicals, t.v. shows, and, especially, books. I like to channel that passion into my own work, so I'm also a writer. I graduated with an English degree and now work as an assistant for a NY best-selling novelist. I loved attending college and learning about the world and others' perspectives. I also love to travel. I've toured Europe and been to some interesting places in the U.S., and I dream of hitting Japan, Australia, Egypt, India, Hawaii--basically everywhere--someday. Another favorite adventure of mine is going to rock concerts! I come from a big family, and I can honestly say my siblings and parents are my best friends (true story).

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a Mormon family, but that's not why I'm Mormon. Growing up in the church, religious leaders constantly told the youth to find out for themselves if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was true. "You can't rely on others' testimonies your entire life. You have to find out for yourself," I was told. So I did. I studied the gospel and prayed and found out for myself what I believe. I know that being Mormon has blessed my life. The teachings of the church encourage people everywhere to strive to be better human beings--both on a spiritual level and a secular level: love more, exercise faith, serve others, be humble, meek, and kind, have high standards and strong morals, cultivate your talents, choose the right, have patience, be diligent, work hard, avoid addictions, save money, get an education, abide the laws of the land, just to name some. As an active Mormon, I've experienced spiritual experiences that I cannot deny. I've learned that prayer does work, that God knows what we want, what we desire, and He knows what's best for us--all of us. I'm Mormon because I know this church is true, I've tasted its blessings, and now I can't imagine trying to live my life without it.

How I live my faith

In the church, I serve as a Young Women's leader. That means I help teach and do activities for girls 12-18. Sunday lessons are gospel focused. Our activities can be anything from becoming more like Christ, to service, to pool parties, to game nights. We have a couple of overnight events too, like girls' camp. In the past, I served as a primary teacher. I had the opportunity to teach children about Christ through the scriptures on Sundays. I also organized and held activities for 10 and 11 year old girls. I also serve as a visiting teacher, someone who visits other women in her congregation to see if they need any help with anything in their lives. Most of the time we just sit and chat, but if they need anything, they can call me. Every woman in our ward, or congregation, has their own set of visiting teachers. In my family, I serve my parents, siblings, and nieces and nephews.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Lifestyles may be somewhat different from Mormon to Mormon, but generally speaking, Mormons live with Christ at the center of their lives. Family is also very important. Many Mormons have a positive outlook. We believe that God wants us to be happy, and that happiness comes when we keep the commandments. We attend church every Sunday and have activities during the week. We pray at least twice a day and are encouraged to study the scriptures every day. We serve. For me, living the Mormon lifestyle means having a strong moral backbone. It means staying away from (or giving up) addictive substances, drugs, alcohol, pornography--for something better and uplifting. It means striving to be sexually pure, and only having sexual experiences when married. It means when my friends and I go to Starbucks, I'll skip the coffee and settle down with a muffin. It means helping the neighbor down the street, standing up for someone who is being bullied, loving others regardless of their beliefs, having the courage to remain true to my standards. It means being active and productive. It means not judging others. It means being a follower of Christ. Show more Show less