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Hi I'm Lily-Anne Hamill

I love to eat, travel, and be with my family. I'm studying computer science at BYU. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Eastern Washington. I love to participate in soccer, tennis, and skiing. I was blessed from a young age with an eagerness to learn in a variety of areas. I have been a participant in science fairs, art contests, math competitions, and Evergreen Girls State. I have interest in art and culture, and have been blessed to travel and see Washington D.C., New York, Canada, France, Hawaii, and Spain. Each city I've been to holds a special place in my heart, and have influenced the person I am today. I have also been blessed to have opportunities to serve my community. I have organized fundraisers for charities like Nothing But Nets which distributes bed nets woven with insecticide to malaria-prone areas. I have volunteered with children who have special needs and their siblings. I graduated as a valedictorian, and am now pursuing a computer science degree. I am nineteen years old, and I am currently preparing to serve a mission among the people living in João Pessoa Brazil.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Church. I'm not sure exactly when I gained a testimony of the Church, but when I look back at my childhood, I know that the Holy Ghost has witnessed to me, albeit a little bit at a time, that this Church is true. When I was a younger teenager I remember praying to ask if the Church was true, not because I was unsure but because I had never really asked before. I received the answer that I already knew it was true. Every day, as I do the things that Heavenly Father asks of me, I receive additional witnesses that this Church has the fullness of the gospel. It makes me happy. It gives me hope. It gives me confidence that my family is going to be together forever, and that I do not need to be afraid of dying. I love my Heavenly Father and my Savior Jesus Christ. I know that the Book of Mormon is true scripture translated by Joseph Smith and written by the prophets who lived in Ancient America thousands of years ago. I know that there is a living prophet today, named Thomas S. Monson, and I know that if as you open your heart, and practice an ounce of faith to ask God if these things are true, you too can receive that witness. When I was six or so, I had a teacher at church teach us that the Holy Ghost can make us feel like a roasted marshmallow inside. Warm, sweet, and enlarging. It makes you happy and is one of the greatest comforts available to us on earth. I can testify that those feelings are real, and that as you search for answers you will be able to find those feelings of peace through Jesus Christ. And that is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith through service. I want to be a person that people can depend on when they need a helping hand or listening ear. Often these opportunities for service do not originate from official church callings, but from the desire to see people build stronger bonds with each other. Things as simple as smiling, making a visit, leaving notes of encouragement. Our faith is based on love, and I find that service increases my capacity to love other people.

What is being a Mormon like?

Lily-Anne Hamill
Being a Mormon is about learning to be happy. Not just in this life, but for eternity. You see, Heavenly Father has a plan for us. We are not spiritual orphans, we are His children, and consequently He has a plan for us to return to live with Him after our bodies die. We call that plan the Plan of Happiness. Being a Mormon is about doing our part to become the kind of people Heavenly Father knows we can be, so that we will feel worthy to live with Him again. We find joy in our families and in serving others around us. We have peace of mind and confidence in who we are and our purpose on earth. We seek opportunities to learn and grow in things both physical and spiritual. Sometimes people think that my religion makes my life more restrictive - that because I have more "rules" to follow I cannot do fun things. Truth is that the rules are there because they keep us free to be our true selves. Why would we bother with addictive or harmful behaviors and habits, when living in keeping with our standards is so much happier and fulfilling? I promise, that as you investigate the Church you will find the same happiness no matter where you live. And that happiness originates from our identity, as children of the God in Heaven who set the Universe in motion so that we, His children, could become more like Him. Show more Show less