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Hi I'm Haley Smith

I grew up in Utah where, if you don't like the weather, wait five minutes. I read, I write, and I draw. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I graduated High School when I was eighteen and received my Associates of Arts at nineteen. I like to read, draw, paint, walk, bike, sing, and write. I hope to become an author. I have two sisters and two brothers, thirty aunts and uncles, and more than sixty cousins and still growing. My family has had their ups and downs, just like anybody else, but I consider myself and my family members incredibly fortunate and blessed. We each have our unique personalities, but overall we're a strong, stubborn, loyal, and friendly bunch. I'm not a very good driver, sometimes people intimidate me, and I'm soft-spoken (usually). I love my friends and family and I enjoy meeting new people, despite my shyness. I've gone rattlesnake hunting, cave exploring, horseback riding, ziplined, etc. I'm afraid of heights and deep water but I absolutely love going on the highest rides in an amusement park or on the top of a mountain and looking down at the ground. I'm still not too comfortable with water though. I know it's just something that I have to overcome, I'm wary but willing to try. In the words of my mother, "If you don't know how to do something....figure it out."

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the gospel. I don't have a conversion story because it wasn't just one moment that made me believe; it's been many, many experiences over the progression of my life. At one point, I began to doubt, questioning some of the basic things we belive in. Like faith, doubt can be compared to a seed. If you nurture it and do your best to see that it's focused on and given proper attention, it will grow. I had to stop myself from allowing that seed of doubt to take root. The more I learn about the church, the more I love it. It's beautiful and honest and the most pure thing I've ever known. Without it, I don't know where I'd be right now, who I'd become. I shudder at the thought. The peace that comes with the gospel is beyond expression. It's a constant guide in my life whether through the scriptures, or the Prophet and his Apostles, or by the Holy Ghost and the Spirit, I have faith that this church is true. It brings me comfort and knowledge that I otherwise wouldn't have. I know that God loves me and I love him. Joseph Smith did restore the gospel of Jesus Chist to the earth and President Thomas S. Monsen is a prophet of God and receives direct revelation today. I'm thankful for Jesus's sacrifice so that my sins may be washed away and that I may return to my Father in heaven if I live worthily. The gospel is everything to me. Trials may come but if I remain steadfast and faithful,I know that things will work out and that God will always be there for me. We are children of our heavenly Father and I know that He wants us to be happy, that He loves us, that He wants us to live righteously so that we may return to Him again.

How I live my faith

I attend all of my Sunday school classes and most extra classes provided by the church during the week. I go to the temple as often as I can and I participate in doing humanitarian work and service projects for people who need it. I try to be a good person and silently encourage people to smile by grinning myself and showing them that somebody cares. My parents have been very effective in teaching me how to serve others by example and deed and I attempt to emulate some of their generosity and humilty. I've visited with those that are unable to socialize, weeded many gardens, and participated in such activites throughout my life.