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Hi I'm Gilly

I am a quirky 19 year old college student. I will soon be a missionary in the Texas Lubbock Mission. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Before I decided to serve a mission, I studied at a university in Utah for my freshman year. I met some amazing people and learned so much--but I don't know if I can go back when I return from my mission. You see, 18 months is a long time. It's a big enough break that if I were to go back, I would need to retake the majority of my math classes. There are very few things in this world that retaking math classes would be worth to me. When I come back to school, I don't know what will happen. I don't know where I'll go to school or work. I don't know what I'll study. There are many things I don't know about myself. The things I do know, however, may or may not help me in the future. I'm not a morning person. I'm allergic to every plant and most animals. I love to exercise, because I really love ice cream. I like to create things. I'm that stereotypical college girl that loves Pinterest, romantic songs, and yoga pants. I've been described as a "walking and talking encyclopedia of useless trivia." I could go on talking about anything like fashion and its history, the Beatles, Harry Potter, American History, One Direction, the sights of Europe that I've never actually seen, In-N-Out Burger, Art History, Republicans, Taylor Swift, old movies, rock bands, John Deere, indie music, world religions, Android phones, and the LDS Church. I don't know how exactly I'll apply this acquired knowledge--perhaps if I researched more, I could be the 2nd successful Mormon contestant on Jeopardy.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a very active member of our Church. My parents are very faithful, and taught me to pray as soon as I could talk. When I was about 10 years old, I started to pray about the Church, the Book of Mormon, the prophet, etc. Every time I pray asking for the truth of these things, I feel pure happiness, relief, and peace. I feel an assurance that my Heavenly Father loves me. These feelings come through the Holy Ghost. I can feel the Spirit bearing witness to me that the Gospel is true. I know that every person that has lived, does live, and will live on the Earth in a child of God. He loves each and every one of us. He has a personalized plan for each individual--and He brings people and events in our lives as a part of that plan. We lived with Him before we came to Earth, and He wants us to do everything we can in this life so that we may return to live with Him again. He has such a love for us that He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to be our Savior and atone for our sins and iniquities. Jesus Christ has been through every physical and emotional pain we have ever felt. He is someone we can always turn to--it is never too late to come unto Christ. He loves us unconditionally, and He will always be there to welcome us home. Through His atonement, we are healed. We can repent of our sins, we can fight Satan, we are made whole, and we will be resurrected and live again. He sacrificed everything He had for us. I know that Joseph Smith restored the same Gospel that Christ put on the Earth. I know that President Thomas S. Monson is our true and living prophet today, and that he receives direct revelation from God in our day. We have modern day prophets on the Earth. We, as children of God, can also receive personal revelation from God through the Holy Ghost. Pray to our loving Father in Heaven to know for yourself if these things are true. If you do so with a sincere heart, you will feel peace through the Spirit of God--and you will feel his personal love for you.

How I live my faith

One of the wonderful things about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is that we are given leadership opportunities at a very young age. When I was 12 years old, I was made the President of a group of young women ages 12-13 called "the Beehives." This mainly entailed planning out weekly activities and reaching out to personally invite all of the girls I was over. I was in various leadership positions like this in the Young Women program through age 12 to 18. Through these leadership opportunities, I've learned things about myself and interacting with people that I will use throughout my life. The Young Women program, and all of the things the LDS Church does for teenagers, are inspired. I have no idea how I would have gotten through those years without the Young Women program. Currently, I am on an Institute Council for young single adults ages 18-30. Institute is place where you can go to classes and learn more about applying the Gospel to your life. We plan and carry out social activities for the young adults so they have more opportunities to make friends. Through Institute, I have learned how to recognize when the Holy Ghost is communicating with me. I have learned to apply the stories I've known all my life from the Bible and the Book of Mormon to my daily life. I have made uplifting friends that are always looking out for me. I feel the Spirit of God when I am at Institute, and I understand what I need to do to return to my Heavenly Father. In a few months, I will be a full time missionary in Lubbock, Texas. It will be the most difficult thing I will do. I am leaving behind everything I know for 18 months. It will be very hard, but I know it will be worth it. I know that this is what the Lord wants me to be doing in my life. I know that the things I learn on the mission will make me a more Christlike wife, mother, and person in the future. As C.S. Lewis said, "There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind."