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Hi I'm Paige Walton

I'm a student, I love watching football, traveling is my passion, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 19 years old. I am currently attending Brigham Young University and I hope to major in Athletic Training. I love watching sports, especially football. I grew up in a small town outside of Boston, MA before moving back to Utah where I was born. I am a singer and I also play the piano. I played a few years of volleyball in high school. I have 2 siblings and I am the middle child. I have the best parents in the world and the cutest portuguese water dog. I will be leaving on a mission for the church in July to serve the people of Spain.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church, and I have been so grateful for that. As a child I blindly followed the direction of my parents as well as my church leaders. I don't know if I ever really believed it as a child, I only followed what those I looked up to were doing. As I have gotten older, I have gained a testimony of my own. I am a very logical person and for me, going off of others testimonies wasn't enough. I reached a point where I needed to know for myself if this gospel was true. I began to pick as pieces of the church that I wanted to know were true. My first real testimony builder was when I was 14 years old at church summer camp. With hundreds of kids my age singing a song about the prophet Joseph Smith, the spirit testified to me of his divine calling and that he really was a prophet of God, called to restore the truth to the earth that had been lost so many years ago. After that, I gained a testimony of the Book of Mormon, that my Savior and my Heavenly Father live, and they love me and know me as well as a testimony of so many other things. Today I can testify to you that God lives. He knows you, He loves you, He wants only the best things for you. I testify that the Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ, that it is a record of the ancient people of the Americas and that it is the word of God alongside the Bible. I testify that our Savior truly did live upon this earth, that he suffered and died that I may be comforted through hardships and forgiven of my sins. I know that I lived before this life, that I knew my Heavenly Father, and that I chose to come to this earth to be tested and tried. I know that I will never be perfect in this life, but that with the Atonement of Jesus Christ, I can become perfect through repentance. I love my Savior, and I am so grateful for all that he has done for me. I know that one day I will stand in his presence again, and I hope that at that time, I will be worthy to live with him for all eternity with my family.

How I live my faith

I love this gospel. Through serving in the church I have gained an even stronger testimony of it. I have served in several different positions in the church including being in class presidencies for the peers of my age group as well as serving to help plan summer trips and camps. I most recently have been called to serve as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I will be serving the Lord and his children for 18 months in Spain. I live this gospel in everything I do. Following its teachings has given me opportunities to share my faith with others through their questions and by my actions. I have been able to serve those who are already members of the church as well as those who are not. The gospel is a way of life, and by following it, I have been able to be an example to those around me and to be able to recognize those that I can help. I love serving those around me and I hope they have felt the power of the gospel in my life.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Paige Walton
Mormons are not required to serve a mission. For men, it is considered a priesthood duty, meaning that as a priesthood holder (in simplest terms, the priesthood is the power of God on earth) it is their duty to serve the Lord. For women it is a little bit more of a personal choice. No missionaries have been required to go. It is a very personal choice between the missionary and the Lord, no matter who you are. As someone who has decided to serve a mission, I can say that the decision to go was made completely by my own choice, as that is what I feel the Lord wants from me at this time in my life. I am serving for that reason, because the Lord has asked me to. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Paige Walton
We are all humans, and that means we are far from perfect. We each make mistakes every single day, whether we mean to or not. Because of that, we need a Savior. We are children of a God, a Heavenly Father who wants us to be able to return home to Him. But the scriptures tell us that "no unclean thing can dwell in the presence of God." So then comes the need of our Savior. Our sins and mistakes make us unclean to be with God again, yet because He is our Father in Heaven and He loves us, He sent Jesus Christ, a perfect being and therefore the only one worthy to do it, to die for us and to take all the sins of the world upon himself. Through that act of love, if we repent and forsake our sins, striving to be better every single day, we are blessed that our Heavenly Father will no longer remember our sins, as if they never happened in the first place. Through continuous repentance and the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, we can become clean and worthy to not only stand in the presence of our God, but to live with him for eternity. Show more Show less