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Hi I'm Hope

I love to run and be outside. I love animals and I'm majoring in biology. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently a full time student. I'm majoring in biology, and hope to become a research zoologist. Call me a nerd, but I just can't seem to fill my brain up with enough information. I love to learn. I love to run and race, I ran cross country and track all through high school. The rush I get from a competitive race or a long trail run is one of the best feelings I've ever experienced. I also love ultimate frisbee, skimboarding, snowboarding, hiking, or anything that keeps me outside and active. If you put a good book in my hands, I guarantee I won't be able to put that thing down until I've finished it. I'm the 2nd oldest out of 5 kids, and my youngest brother is adopted. I've moved my fair share of times, and although it hasn't always been easy or fun, I've learned that home is where your family is. Random fun fact: I'm left handed.

Why I am a Mormon

I was fortunate enough to be born to parents that already had the Gospel in their lives. Although some people may tell me that I was "brainwashed" because of that, I would have to strongly disagree. I have gained a testimony on my own, especially the past few years. For awhile, I struggled with believing the Joseph Smith story, comprehending the profoundness of the Atonement, and understanding the priesthood. But through deep, meaningful prayer, intense scripture study, and innumberable spiritual experiences, my testimony grew little by little. The changes were imperceptible, and I gained testimonies of individual aspects of the Gospel before I could really piece it all together. Then one day it hit me: if one piece of the Gospel is true, then all of it is! I realized I had an extremely strong testimony, and although my faith used to be easily shaken, I am to the point in my life that anybody could say anything to me as an attempt to shake my faith, but it would not work. I KNOW that I have the fullness of the Gospel in my life. I KNOW that Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God, that he restored the fullness of the Gospel to this earth, that he did indeed see the Father and Christ, that he was ministered to by angels, and that he translated the Book of Mormon. I KNOW the Book of Mormon is an accurate account of people that once inhabited the Americas and were visited by Christ after his Resurreciton. I KNOW that Christ truly suffered for us, that through Him we can return to live with Him and our Father in Heaven. I KNOW that Thomas S. Monson is a true prophet of God alive on the earth today. I KNOW that the priesthood is the power of God on the earth, and it has had an amazing impact upon my life, I respect and love all of the worthy priesthood holders in my life. I KNOW that families can be together forever through the ordinances performed in the temple. I KNOW that Heavenly Father and Christ know each and every one of us individually and love us. I love them.

How I live my faith

Out at BYU, I've learned a lot about callings in the church and how they work. I served as a service co-chair, basically meaning I helped get our ward involved in different service activities. I encouraged everyone to participate in a blood drive, and helped organize a service activity where we made care packages for our country's men and women in uniform. I also tried to encourage people to perform small acts of service. I learned a lot more about service, though, from serving as a visiting teacher. I loved the girls I was assigned to visit teach, and in turn I loved the girls that visit taught me. We all became very good friends and I learned the value of caring for someone, as well as being cared for. That's a huge part of our faith: exhibiting Christ-like love for all of those around us. We are all sons and daughters of a Father in Heaven who loves us. We are all spiritual siblings! So we should learn to love everyone around us, which is something that all of us can work on every single day.