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Hi I'm Eileen

I like the outdoors, nerdy things, and China. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a Recreation Management Major at BYU-Idaho, and plan to be a Park Ranger someday. So far I've finished 3 semesters. I love the outdoors, and adventure. Hiking, camping, fishing and hunting are some of my favorite pastimes. I also am very much into art, especially cartooning although I can do much more than that. I am teaching myself how to play the banjo. I have been known to engage in crazy stunts such as bungee jumping, skydiving and roller coasters. I enjoy reading, movies and music. I'm currently on a mission in Hong Kong.I lived in Dalian China my senior year of high school because my family was on an expat assignment, and have been blessed with many travel opportunities around the world. Also I can speak Mandarin Chinese.

Why I am a Mormon

Yes I was born into my faith. Being raised with the foundation I have has allowed me to come to know my Heavenly Father in a very personal way. I have the huge blessing in my life of being raised as a latter day saint. I have taken time to get to understand and experience a wide range of cultures. Everything I find is another Testament of the truthfullness of this gospel. I used to doubt, and when I would have my fears and my doubts I would pray, because no matter what I am always certain that there is a heavenly Fther who truely loves every one of us. When I pray He answers, sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly, but through scriptues, the Holy Ghost, and counsel from leaders He answers. Well I figure if God Himself tells me it's right, then I'll follow and do. I know He loves me, so what He says is best. I have a testimony of My savior Jesus Christ, I know that He alone is the person who can help us overcome the hard things in life, whether they be situations or personal weaknesses. He's there for us, when we do our part by following His words, we have the opportunity to repent and be better people. Being a Mormon, to me, it is the best; because I have come to know of the truthfulness of this gospel my self. I know that the gospel this church teaches is true, I know that God is my Heavenly Father, and Jesus Chris is His Son and my Redeemer, I know that families can be together forever, and I know that through Jesus Christ I can do all things.

How I live my faith

I live my faith day to day by being genuinely kind and caring towards others. I remind myself that everyone is a child of God, not just Mormons or "good people" but everyone. I think everyone should get to be loved and understood by those around them despite any short comings. However I am not a pushover I am firm in my faith and cannot be shaken or moved from it. In the past I have been a secretary for girls in my church ages 12-13, later I was president for the girls 16-18, after that I was a Sunday-school teacher for a class of 9-10 year-olds. Now I have been called to serve as a missionary for the church in a foreign country. I try to follow the commandments of God as best as I can, but I know that I do make mistakes, everyone does. That's what the church is for, o that when we make mistakes we get to have a second chance and try, try again. That's why Jesus Christ came.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Church services start wih a sacrament meeting. These generally start with a hymnal and a prayer, after which any announcements are said. Following the announcements, a second hymnal is sang which focuses on Christ. The sacrament (bread and water) is passed. The people who pass it have authority from God to do so. When they pass it they represent the hand of Christ. The sacrament is a sacred ordinance.After the sacrament two or three people who have been previously asked to do so will speak to the congregation. Occasionally their talks will be split by a musical number, or another hymnal. After the speakers are finished one last hymnal is sang and a benediction is given. On holidays such as Christmas, Mother's day, Father's day, and Easter, the bishop may choose to have special musical numbers, sang or preformed by the children, families, youth groups or choir, or other kind of group. Once a month we have a fast and testimony meeting, usually taking place on the 1st Sunday of the month, following the Sacrament, anybody who wishes may stand up infront of the congregation and bear their testimony. On this day, the members of the church generally fast for various causes. We NEVER ask for donations of money in our church services. After this initial meeting Sunday school classes are provided for all ages. In the Sunda school classes people are taught accoording to their understanding and age. After these classes the men and women break off to other seperate classes. Show more Show less