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Hi I'm Haley

I grew up in Louisiana and Utah. I enjoy reading and anything horse related. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love reading and book collecting. I participate in whatever I can that is horse related. Horses are my life and passion and will somehow be a part of my life in some way or another. I graduated high school and went to a semester of college before deciding to take a break and figure out what I want to do before I major in anything.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into this church. My mom was converted when she was twelve and my father was born a member. That is not to say that I could not leave if I wanted to. My parents would never force me to stay if I genuinely didn't want to. But the thing is, I've never wanted to stay away from this gospel. There was a month where I didn't go to church, just to see what it would be like. It was awful. I don't know what people usually do on Sundays or how they treat it like any other weekday, but I disliked not being able to distinguish the difference from Saturday and Sunday. It felt wrong. There have been so many sacrifices made by Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ for this one day in the week where we are able to rest and reflect upon them without any interruptions that it seems extremely arrogant not to acknowledge it. And there are literally no words to properly describe how it makes me feel when I read the scriptures and pray after a terrible day. It's so wonderful to get the weight off of your chest by kneeling down and speaking to Heavenly Father and realize that while you are reflecting on the day, that you had so many things to be grateful for that you overlooked and being able to have the opportunity to thank the one person who gave it to you. It's a rewarding and touching part of the day.

How I live my faith

Visiting teaching is the highlight of my month. I love going over and talking with the women and catching up with them, sharing a brief gospel message, finding out if they need any help with anything, and often sharing a treat with them. I love the relationship I establish with these women that, when first assigned, I didn't know anything about them, but after just a few visits we have the attitude of close and dear friends. It's not something that is remotely superficial. They are genuine and honest feelings of care and love for each of the women I visit. I also am grateful for the women who come visit me, taking the time out of their day to come and talk and share a message (and treat). The feeling of love, acceptance, and compassion I get from them is overwhelming and makes me look forward to each time they come to visit.

What is being a Mormon like?

In the words of one of our prophet, "It's wonderful. Just wonderful." And it really is. Life is just the same for us as it is for anyone else; difficult, long, and sometimes disheartening. But we are taught that on this life we are to have joy. And with prayer, scriptures, attending church, and helping others, I feel like the majority of Mormons are able to have joy and happiness. It's not easy, we admit that, but it can be done, and it's better in the long run to make this life as happy for others as for yourself. Show more Show less