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Hi I'm Colleen

I studied anthropology. I've lived in the US, Singapore, Thailand, and India. I'm a mormon.

About Me

I just graduated from college with a degree in Anthropology and International Development. I'm really passionate about human rights. I was the president of a human rights club at my university. I also love other cultures and I love to travel. My family moved to Singapore when I was a kid and ever since then I've had the travel bug. I especially love Asia. I taught English in Thailand and did research on women's education in India. My nomadic tendencies might seem unusual, but they're actually pretty typical for my family. We like to spread out all over the world. There's seven of us and we never seem to be able to get all of us on the same continent for too long. My sister did a field study in Africa, my dad lives in Europe, and my brother studied arabic in Jordan. Even though there are months when we couldn't be farther apart geographically, we're still a really close family. We moved a lot growing up, usually every couple years. Though this was hard sometimes, it made us really rely on each other. I'm pretty lucky because my family members are some of my best friends. With technology we talk all the time, even millions miles away. Even though I think of my family as a really happy one, we're not without our challenges. My parents got divorced almost two years ago. This was hard for all of us, but since then we've really pulled together and gotten even closer. Even though we're not exactly the picture perfect family, we love each other and that's what really matters.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because it makes me happy. I go to church each Sunday and I feel rejuvenated. I gain strength from fellow church members and I want to be like them. I see the way they love each other and are trying so hard to do good. I watch the way they serve and feel God's love. I read the scriptures and I know of their truth and feel directed. Like everyone, I've had my challenges and moments where I doubted, but ultimately I love this gospel. I know that I have a father in heaven and he loves me personally. He is mindful of me and has brought the people I need into me life right when I need them the most. I've seen that so many times. He guides me to the places I need to be. The feeling that I am right where my heavenly father wants me is the best feeling in the world. In moments of crisis, I can always turn to him. I am never alone. I know that he sent his son to die for all of us. Christ suffered not only for my sins, but also for my pain. He understands everything I go through. When I think about my family here on earth, I can understand a fraction of the love that God and Christ feel for each one of us. My dad is not a member of the church, and he doesn't always understand why I love the gospel so much. Sometimes that's really hard, and although I pray that he may one day understand, the most important thing is my relationship with my heavenly father. I know he hears my prayers. I know that through his power this church was organized. I know that this gospel is true.

How I live my faith

At church I've had the opportunity to teach quite a few different classes. I really love teaching, especially the gospel. I know this is what all teachers say, but I know I learn more every time I teach than anyone attending my class does. One of my favorite parts of teaching is really listening to the comments from students. They bringing such an amazing spirit. I just love hearing their experiences and insights and then being able to connect those to other parts of the lesson. Although most of the time I've taught people my own age, a couple summers ago I was able to teach the 1-3 year olds. A lot of the time this assignment involved trying to calm down screaming kids and cleaning up cheerio spills but even with the challenges typical to looking over toddlers, this was one of my favorite church assignments I have ever had. Teaching gospel principles in a way that they could understand and seeing their sweet testimonies reminded me that it is the simple things that are most important in the gospel. Also, I developed such a love for each one of my little students. This helped me to get a glimpse of the love our father in heaven feels for each all of us. I have a new church assignment now. It is to be a full-time missionary serving in the Thailand, Bangkok mission. The opportunity to return to this incredible country and share with the people there something that I hold so dear is an experience I am beyond excited about.