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Hi I'm Haylee Jo

I am a spontaneous and spunky young woman. I love music! I became a missionary at the age of 19. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am from a small town called Rexburg, Idaho. I have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since I was 8 years old. I am the eldest of six kids- five girls with my little brother right in the middle of us. I am lucky to have "goodly" parents who love the Lord and have raised their children to love Him too. My family is awesome! I am grateful that we are an eternal family. I love music, theater, and the fine arts! I did many plays as well as directed a play during my Senior year of high school. I play the cello and I also taught the cello. I was attending Brigham Young University-Idaho to earn my bachelor's degree in elementary education before I came to serve in the New York Utica Mission. Music and theater are my passions, but teaching brings me joy. I love seeing the students I work with light up as the learn something new. Now I get to see it in the people I teach in New York as they learn about the gospel of Jesus Christ and gain their own testimonies. Serving a mission has been the BEST decision I have made thus far in my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have ancestors who crossed the plains because they were Mormon pioneers. I am proud to be a member of this church. I know it is true. I know that living the gospel makes me the happiest I could ever be. This past October, the age requirement for missionaries dropped from 21 to 19. This announcement turned my life upside-down. I felt I needed to go serve a mission. I was struggling with this prompting for about a half-hour, then a voice said to me, "the Lord is worth the sacrifice; go." That settled all my doubts. Within 48 hours my plans about school had completely changed. I started my missionary papers immediately and had them turned in on Halloween. Thirteen days after they had been submitted, I was called to the New York Utica Mission. I left on March 6, 2013 to report to the Missionary Training Center. I am so excited to do this! I can't wait to share the message that Christ lives and He loves us. His Atonement can heal and cleanse anything. I want others to have the happiness I enjoy in their lives.

How I live my faith

I am a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in New York. I just love it! As a represenative of Christ, I can feel His love for the people I meet and the loved ones I left back home. To have this charity is just incredible. All of us are divine sons and daughters of God. I am learning a whole new perspective on what it means to come unto Christ. He has provided the way for us all to have eternal life. He knows each of us. He loves each of us. If we choose to submit to His will and obey the invitation to follow Him, then we will have joy that will last forever. It will not be easy, but it is definitely worth it. I taught the six year-olds in my ward. I loved having this opportunity to teach the basic doctrines of the gospel to these kids. As I taught my young students I learned from them because they are so pure,sweet, and simple. It has blessed me with the skills and practice I needed to serve as a missionary. I also worked as a volunteer in the temple. To be in the House of the Lord feels like home. I love how I can feel the peace in this holy place while I served the patrons that come to worship. It brings a new kind of joy to lose myself in His work and feel the love He has for His children.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Haylee Jo
In 2 Nephi 25:23 it says, "For we labor diligently to write to persuade our children, and also our brethren to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace we are saved after all we can do." Many people confuse grace to excuse work on their part or think they are not doing enough to have grace apply to themselves. I like using this analogy to teach grace. The first is take a piece of paper and put Christ at the top and your name at the bottom. Then draw a line where you think the divide is between Christ's part and your part. Some put it closer to Christ and some put it closer to themselves. The truth is Christ's part fills the whole paper. Now does that mean we can do nothing and be saved by grace? No! We do everything we possibly can, but we can never pay Christ back. Grace is enabling power. Christ's Atonement and grace are a gift that we can use to progress and become more like Him. It is the way we can become perfect even as He is perfect. Show more Show less