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Hi I'm Hailee Sorenson

I'm from Orem, Utah. I am going to school to become a chef. And I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I have gone to Culinary school at the Culinary Institute of America for 8 months. Once I complete my internship for school I will be serving a mission in the Philippines. (and return to finish my schooling after) I am a martial artist. I took Taekwondo for 11 years, growing up in my moms Taekwondo Studio. Some of my hobbies are drawing, reading, singing, dancing, eating. I love life and I am grateful for the gospel in my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into this gospel. My whole family is LDS and I have always gone to church. I never doubted what I learned and a lot of the time I just went through the motions. But I believe I became truly converted when I went to college. It was the first time that I was living away from home, across the country, and it was then that I had to decide if this is what I believed. It made my faith stronger and I knew without a doubt that this gospel was true. Part of that conversion was watching others that didn't have this gospel and how dark their lives seemed. How they felt like they had not other choice. But that's what I'm so grateful for. I am grateful for my agency. I know that this is the true church and that we have a modern day prophet on the earth today. and I know that Joseph Smith restored this gospel. I know that the Book of Mormon is of God and is true. I know that this gospel can touch your life and change it. This is an amazing gospel. This is the true Church of Christ.

How I live my faith

At this time I do not have a calling in my church, but I always strive to live what I believe. When I went to school it was very difficult for me because I was surrounded by others that did not have the same faith or beliefs as me. But it pushed me to live this gospel more and to help others understand what I believe. I showed them by being an example and living what I was preaching. Now as I prepare for a mission, I continue to live my beliefs. I talk with my co-workers and answer any questions they have for me the best that I can.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Hailee Sorenson
Although, we do a lot of service for mormons. We do not only help Mormons. I was living in New York when hurricane Sandy hit long island. I was two hours north for school, so was unharmed. But Long Island was devastated. There were many homes that were completely destroyed by water due to flooding. I had multiple friends in Manhattan that did service project after service project. They collected boxes of clothes and jackets, food, and other supplies. Many LDS groups went down to long island and helped many non-members gut out their homes. And then gave them food and clothes. It's not just in natural disasters that Mormons help others. I have lived across the street from a catholic family for almost 7 years. They are great neighbors and have helped them on many occasions, even if it's simply helping them with yard work. It doesn't matter who were help, as long as we are serving them. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Hailee Sorenson
Basically what it all comes down to, is everything that we are commanded to do aid in our well-being. When it comes to the word of wisdom, because we don't participate in drugs or alcohol we are healthier. We are not bound by addictions. Coffee is where I get the most questions. Why can we drink soda, but not coffee. I had this question too. So I did some research. When Joseph Smith wrote the Doctrine and Covenants and the word of Wisdom was create it states "Strong drink" as what we should not partake in. He later defined that as alcohol, coffee, and tea. At that time he didn't know what caffeine was, so is coca-cola techniquely against the word of wisdom? No. Should we drink it all day, everyday? Probably not, simply because it is unhealthy. Overall, my advice is don't focus on the negative and what we can't eat or drink. Instead focus on how taking those out of our diet help us and make us healthier. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Hailee Sorenson
The Book of Mormon is another Testament of Jesus Christ. It is like the Bible. It has prophets of God that communicate with Him. He reveals to them His commandments and counsel for them. There are prophecies of things to come and a history of people that we can learn from. It is an amazing book where questions can be answered and the spirit can be felt. We can receive personal revelation and insight for our lives. I encourage everyone to read the Book of Mormon and take Moroni's challenge in Moroni 10:4 to pray about the Book of Mormon and ask if the Book is true. It has changed my life, and it will change yours. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Hailee Sorenson
The Mormon lifestyle is similar to most peoples, the major difference is it is focused on Christ. We strive to live Christ centered lives. This is why we have daily family and personal scripture study, family and personal prayer, attend church every Sunday, and hold family home evening every Monday. The other thing all of this provides is Time. I believe that now-a-days families don't spend enough time with each other, usually it's only meal times that they they have with each other. So we end up spending more time with our family and building that relationship through a spiritual channel. One thing we believe is that we will be with our families forever so everything we do is to strengthen the family and the home. Show more Show less