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Hi I'm Hailey

I grew up in California's central coast and attended college at BYU-Idaho. I like to travel and be active. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm 22 years old and a senior in college studying humanities. I love being active and outdoors, whether I'm hiking, swimming, or walking the beach, I love it all! But I also like to sit back and relax sometimes, watch a movie and eat some ice cream. I love spending time with close friends and family, I only wish I lived closer to them so I could see them more.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a convert to the church. When I was a young child my parents stopped going to Church, and being so young I stopped going, too. Two of my older siblings came back to the Church, and through them and the youth in my home ward I started going back . Going back was hard, I struggled to comprehend the scriptures and felt out of place because I didn't know any of the primary songs or biblical stories the other children knew. I barely knew how to pray. I saw other children who went to church with their families and I felt like I didn't belong because my family didn't go. Although it was tough, one person's kind heart changed my life forever. My Sunday school teacher was one of the kindest and most loving people I have ever met, she was patient with me and took special care to help me understand all of these new things. After a few months of going to church, she asked our class if we were all baptized. I had no idea what that word meant, but fortunately for me the rest of the class informed her that I was not. She bent down, stared me directly in the eye and told me, "Well, you need to be baptized then." Those words changed my life. I knew that what she had said was true. Not long after, the missionaries knocked on my door and I agreed to be baptized. The road has not been an easy one. I have had many trials that threatened to break the feeble testimony that I had so desperately tried to build. But if there is one thing I know, it is that God looks out for His children. He see's the efforts they make and will bless them for those efforts. He will strengthen them in the most difficult of trials. I know that God will never willingly leave your side; if you feel that He isn't there, it is because you will not allow Him to be. But His arm is always stretched forth to bring you back to Him, when you are ready to take it. I know that I am young and have many more things to learn, but I am grateful every day that God, Christ, and the Holy Ghost are always by my side.

How I live my faith

One way I live my faith is by trying my best to fulfill my callings in the Church. Through callings and visiting teaching I have gained a greater love for others and have come to understand who Christ is more and more. By serving and caring for others you gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ and why the gospel is so important. Daily scripture study and prayer, along with attending the temple as often as I can, has helped my faith and desire to obey God's commandments increase. By doing these small and simple things every day my faith is strengthened. I have also tried to cut out bad media influences in my life. I try to avoid movies, music, and books that contain crude language and sexually explicit scenes. These things have a large impact on how we think and can be very damaging to us, and by avoiding them I have seen a significant change in my overall happiness.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Hailey
The only way you're going to know if Mormonism is true is for you to try it yourself. Quit reading articles online or in the media about the church and start going to actual LDS church meetings and activities, meet with the missionaries, talk to actual Mormons. You cannot know if Mormonism is true by listening to non-Mormons talking about it or by a Mormon telling you it is true. By investigating yourself you will come to know it is true. Read the Book of Mormon, pray about it. Go to church meetings. It may seem like a lot of work, but what will you lose by doing it? You will gain a lot more by putting forth the effort than you are going to lose. Trust me. This is how I came to know that Mormonism is true. Show more Show less