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Hi I'm Bailey

I'm a small-town, truck-driving, hard-working Wyoming girl, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Star Valley, Wyoming where I spent my childhood feeding calves, riding in tractors, and playing in the dirt. I, like Nephi of old, was truly born to goodly parents who taught me the value of hard work, sacrifice, and service. I am the second oldest of nine children (seven girls, two boys). It wasn't until after I left home that I learned my siblings are my best friends and will be there for me no matter what. Sports are my passion. Throughout High School I stayed busy playing volleyball, basketball, and soccer and even had the opportunity to play on the same teams with two of my younger sisters before I graduated. I attended a year of college at Utah State University, but deferred my education to serve the Lord for eighteen short months in the Mississippi Jackson Mission.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have never known life without it. It truly is a gospel of happiness. It tells us who we are, where we came from, and where we are going. There is a feeling of hope that comes from knowing the fullness of the gospel that you cannot find anywhere else. It gives us a purpose and direction. The teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are certain and unfailing. I am a Mormon because I believe in families. The gospel promises that families can be together even after death if we are sealed in the Holy Temple by His Priesthood authority. I love my family and can't imagine a loving Father in Heaven not wanting me to be with them for all eternity. I know that one day I will marry in the house of the Lord and claim those blessings for myself and my future family. I am a Mormon because I know that I am a choice daughter of our Heavenly Father. He loves all his children with a perfect love and has a plan and a purpose for each of us. I know that our Savior endured great pain and suffering on my behalf and he will always know what I am going through. He is always there. Prayer is real! It is such a blessing to be able to communicate with a loving Heavenly Father, knowing he not only permits, but also encourages us to share the desires of our heart and ask for the things that we need. I know he is there for me and wants me to experience the sacred Parent/child relationship available to all. He is my Eternal Father. I am a Mormon because the power of the priesthood is also real. It is the authority to act in God's name here on earth. It is the same power given to worthy men in times of old and it blesses my life daily. I have been so blessed to have the knowledge of the restored gospel. I know that the Lord's hand is in every detail of my life. He has a plan, and although it may not be easier, it will always be better.

How I live my faith

Believing the gospel and living the gospel are two different things. James exhorts us to 'be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only.' The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is not just a religion, but a lifestyle as well. I do my best to be an example of the gospel by the way I live. I am far from perfect, but I know that as I do my best to pattern my life after the Life of our beloved Savior, that people can see the happiness that comes from living the principles of the gospel. I have experienced the joy that comes as I fulfill church callings, reach out to serve others, and do my best to be obedient to the commandments we have been given. This joy is a true, never-failing joy--joy that comes from knowing I am a Child of God and that He has a divine plan for me. I have learned that my faith is far more than just the church I claim to be a part of. My faith is who I am! My faith is centered on Jesus Christ, my Lord, my Savior, and my example. As I learn more about Him, I learn more about what I need to do to be like him, to serve as he served, to love as he loved, and to live how he lived. Each day is an opportunity to share the light of the Savior with others both in word and in deed.