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Hi I'm Crystal

I go to UGA. I'm a Bio major and a Greek language minor. I'm in the band. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love knitting, reading, science, music, and baking. I love watching movies with my friends and singing out in random moments. Most songs I sing are Disney songs. I'm fairly sure that one of my favourite things to do is sleep. But overall, I'm just a regular college kid.

Why I am a Mormon

Senior year, I started dating my current boyfriend. About four months after being “Facebook official,” his father suggested that I should visit the church with them. I went with his family and I would hear talks about various topics – some I can’t remember right now – and it felt like the people speaking were giving a message to me. When I went off to college, I was alone. I had made friends with the girls on my hall and would go to parties with them – usually involving me taking care of my drunk friends. I had made it clear to them that I wasn't a drinker. They understood, but continued to party.I wanted to go to a nearby church and one day, the sister missionaries called me and invited me to come to the church. So I made a plan to go that Sunday. It felt right going to the small branch and became close to many of the members, and I made an appointment with the sisters later on that week. The lesson that week that I heard made my conversion begin. About a month of being taught, the sisters offered me a date for my baptism, and I was shocked. But somehow, something inside me audibly shouted “YES!” That night I went home and prayed about what happened. A friend and I talked about my decision and made me think. She said “wherever you feel closest to God, that’s where you belong.” And I knew I had somehow made the right choice. I guess my simple conversion story is: because I was in an environment that engaged in – and fully advocated – partying, drinking, and unwise behaviour, I was forced to seek Heavenly Father’s help to guide me and protect me from temptation and compromising my values. When I asked for His guidance, He’d help – and that was more than what my hall mates were doing and what I could do alone. And that’s what truly changed me. I have a testimony of prayer, of the Gospel, the Atonement, and the strength and love of Heavenly Father. With those things, I came out of my personal period of darkness and pain and return into the light and be happy.

How I live my faith

I'm a member of AMSA (American Medical Student Association), and one of our big things is volunteer work. I help out at the local food shelter. In the church, I plan Family Home Evening, which is essentially a time where a bunch of members that go to college with me and share snacks, a spiritual message, and play games together.