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Hi I'm Autumn

I grew up in California, and I'm living in Puerto Rico. I sing, I teach children, I love. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to sing! Whether it's a Broadway tune, an Italian aria or performing in an ensemble group, singing is something that makes me so happy. I am a student at Brigham Young University, where I am studying to become an elementary school teacher. I have taught swimming lessons for young children at a local gym, and I loved it. I am the youngest in my family, with all older brothers. Family is something that is very important to me. Currently, I'm serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Puerto Rico.

Why I am a Mormon

I wasn't raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, although my mother is a member. I was raised Catholic and was very active in that church. I never listened to my mother as she would read the Book of Mormon to us as children, and I would reject all of her invitations to do anything with the Church. When I was 14, I sat as my mother read aloud from the Book of Mormon one night, and I wondered to myself why I had always shut out the Church so much if I was so confident in my own religion. I began listening to what she was reading. I felt something change that night. I didn't know why but suddenly I had a desire to get more of the same feeling that I felt from listening to my mother read from the Book of Mormon. I found conference talks, more Church magazine articles, and began reading a Book of Mormon my mother had given me as a small child. I'd never touched it before. I was wary to begin to read the Book of Mormon, because I knew that once I started, there would be no stopping this process. I was going to be fully converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I told my mother, and my father wasn't happy with what I'd been feeling. He didn't allow me to go to church with my mother. With time, my father's heart was softened enough to let me attend church, and I was baptized at age 18 after waiting 4 years. I know this is the true church of Christ. It has shown me the joy of this life. I know a pure love, and I know my Savior. I love Him.

How I live my faith

I love being active in my ward. I have had a few callings, which include ward choir director, a teacher for youth (primary), and a teacher for other young women my age (relief society). I am also a visiting teacher, which means that I am assigned to a few women in my ward, whom I can have an opportunity to serve and to help in any way that they need. I am currently serving as a full-time representative of the Lord for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Are Mormons Christians?

Yes. Jesus Christ is central to our religion, as He is our Leader, our ultimate example, our Savior. He is the Savior of the world. He was the only perfect man to ever live on this earth, and He is the Son of God. Through His sacrifice, we are able to have the opportunity to live eternally with our Father and Savior. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints pray and worship in the name of Jesus Christ. The Book of Mormon is Another Testament of Jesus Christ, and it is proof of His divinity, His life, and His Atonement. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Well, if you're wanting to know it's true, you're definitely on the right track. The most important thing about gaining knowledge and testimony is the desire! Even if you can only hope that something is true, that's a start that will lead you with a changed heart. With the desire comes the faith, and with the faith comes the action. Joseph Smith is an amazing example of how to find out what to do. He questioned the source of all truth - our loving Father in Heaven. Heavenly Father loves us so, so much. He is there, ready and willing to answer those questions that we've had inside for a long time. He's there waiting for us to share with Him our doubts and struggles with what we are learning. So, if we ask, what's our loving Father going to do? He's going to give us an answer, so long as we ask in faith. Pray to your Heavenly Father. Talk with Him. Continue reading the Book of Mormon, or start if you haven't done that yet. Think about what you're reading. Carefully notice how you feel as you're studying that book - if your feelings are sweet, happy and comforting, you're experiencing the answer to your prayers. You're experiencing an answer from the Holy Ghost, who testifies to us of truth. Lastly, I find that in order to really know things are good and true, I have to try and live them. So, live it. Keep our loving Father's commandments. Try it out. You will feel the influence of the Holy Ghost in your life, testifying to you of the truthfulness of this message. Show more Show less