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Hi I'm Coney

I am a writer, I want to teach English, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm studying English Education and serving a Mission in Tucson, Arizona for 18 months. I've lived a lot of places in the United States, but haven't "officially" made it past the boarders (Though I did technically float on Canadian waters up by Niagara Falls.) My biggest dream is to travel to Africa or China to teach English and help kids get an education, but until then I plan on teaching middle school. I do a lot of writing in my free time, mostly for young adults. I've never had a novel published (And won't until after my mission is over), but I've had several poems and short stories published in magazines. If I'm not writing, I'm usually reading. I've also started drawing and painting as well when I can find the time. I love music and used to play percussion, but switched to piano after high school ended. I'm always looking for something new to learn and started learning German just for fun.

Why I am a Mormon

When the whole world felt too heavy to hold and too ready to crush me, the gospel was the only thing that kept me from turning to jelly. It give me purpose, a reason to wake up and live my life to the fullest everyday. It helps me know who I am and be that person. Being a Mormon means that I'm never alone. It means I never have to try and hold the burdens of life by myself and I know that there's always someone watching out for me. I know that Jesus Christ died so that I could return to our Father in Heaven. I know that he gave his life and suffered for every sin so that he can help me through my trials. I know that the restored gospel is the only true gospel on this earth. I know that it is Christ's church, his work, and his glory. I know it. Nothing can shake that. I've studied, watched, and learned for myself the truthfulness of the LDS church. I know it's true.

How I live my faith

I love the service opportunities the church provides! I love coming the church and seeing my ward "family." I love each and every one of them, even if we haven't met officially. I love the parents whose little kids I get to watch in Sunday school, the teachers who put up with me during my moody teenage years, and the leaders, who no matter how hard I fought, always offered a gentle hand to bring me back. To show me I wasn't alone and that I was loved, even if I didn't want to believe it. These people have been my examples and role models. I live my faith by taking what they showed me, and spreading it to as many people as I can. I want the world to know that they're loved, that someone cares about them, that even though we're all imperfect beings and we make mistakes, we have a way to cleanse ourselves. We have a way to start new and try again. I live my faith by living as righteously as I can, and helping others whenever possible. We're all imperfect, but together we can work and strengthen each other to make up for our flaws and become better people.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Heavens no! If I only helped my fellow Mormon members, then I'd certainly run out of things to do quickly. Just because they aren't a Mormon, doesn't mean they aren't a child of God. Jesus died for us all and told us all to love our neighbor. My neighbor is everyone, and one way I can show my love is by helping when I can. Show more Show less