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Hi I'm Jillian Smyth

My family is from Ireland. I grew up in Utah. I love to travel. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hello! My name is Jillian and I just finished my Sophomore year in college! I have a total of five people in my family including my mom, dad, older sister, and younger brother. Sports have always been a big thing in my family so I enjoy them immensely. I love movies. I just love sitting down and being entertained for an hour or two. My favorite movie is Finding Nemo and I am beyond excited for Finding Dory to come out! I currently have a special someone who is serving an LDS mission, his name is Mike. Even though it is extremely hard being separated from him, my life has been blessed so much because of his choice. I've been able to become a lot closer to my family the past couple of years, cause once you head off to college you begin to realize how much you really do love and miss your family! Luckily I don't live too far away from them so I can visit anytime I want really. I have two dogs named Murphy and Chaos. They have got to be some of the most energetic dogs in the world, but I love them all the same!

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints all my life. I have never really known any other religion. Some say that those of the LDS faith follow their leaders blindly. This could have been true for me when I was a child, but certainly not since. As I went through high school I was never really challenged about my beliefs. I never had to prove it to anyone that I really did believe in it. As I prepared to graduate, though, things changed. I had always felt like Brigham Young University was where I was supposed to go to college, but all of a sudden I couldn't really remember any meaningful reason as to why I should go there. It's just where LDS people went. I applied and thankfully was accepted. It wasn't until about the end of my first year being and BYU that I really developed my own testimony of this gospel. Life got a little messy for me at that point and I was struggling with some major decisions in my life. I felt like I was completely alone and that no one really cared about all that I was going through. As I was struggling through life the thought came to me that maybe I should pray. I wasn't thinking that God would just answer all of my questions, I just needed someone to talk to. As soon as I began to pray I was immediately filled with the spirit. I felt so warm and loved I didn't know what to do, so I cried. They were happy tears, I just couldn't believe how much love and kindness I felt. From that point on my testimony has been constantly growing. I love to study up on doctrines I don't quite understand and learn new things. I have personally gained a testimony of how much my Father in Heaven loves me. I have gained an even greater testimony that His son Jesus Christ atoned for my sins in the Garden of Gethsemane. I cannot comprehend how much love and sacrifice that took, but I am eternally grateful to him.

How I live my faith

I've spent most of my life surrounded by strong LDS communities and I am currently attending Brigham Young University. This Gospel has helped me grow and become a person I never could have been with out it. It has truly blessed my life so much. I currently teach a Sunday School class about every other week. When I was first asked if I would teach Sunday School I was immediately filled with anxiety. Being the center of attention really isn't my cup of tea, let alone trying to teach those in my class. Nevertheless I felt like it was the right thing for me to be doing and I accepted. My ward is mostly filled with men and women who have already returned from serving and LDS mission, so they are basically experts, and I have not served a mission. Plus I'm about 3 years younger than those who have, talk about intimidating! I knew that the Lord would help me through my lessons though. So every time it was my turn to teach I would get my teaching topic and prepare for a few hours the remarks I would share with my class. I have learned so much about the gospel and myself through this process. It's amazing because no lesson has ever gone the way I planned because I feel like the most important thing to do when teaching about the gospel is to allow the spirit to answer questions those in my class have. I'm just the facilitator of the spirit. As I go through each lesson I just find more and more proof that this is the true gospel and I need to learn everything I can about it.