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Hi I'm Andelyn

I am a missionary in Boise Idaho. I absolutely love my family! I am from the great state of Texas and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I have been home schooled for most of my life, and I LOVED it! I have been blessed with an amazing family and we are all very close. There are 7 children and I am number 5. As I have grown older, I have been able to connect more with my siblings, and I find that they are my best friends. Family is extremely important to me and I love them with all of my heart. I love to do many activities. I absolutely adore reading. Books take me on adventures that are beyond some of my wildest dreams. The best books are those that inspire. As a missionary I have the opportunity to have time set aside each day to read the book of Mormon. Even though I had read the book of Mormon many times before my mission, as I have studied it more, my knowledge that it is true grows stronger and stronger. As I read the book of Mormon, I want to be more like Christ and be a better daughter of God. I love to play the piano and sing. I know that the spirit can be felt and conveyed through music. Songs always have great meaning and emotions written into them. I could not think of a better way to share what I feel then by sharing it through song. My family is the most important thing in my life and I would fill all of my waking hours with them if I could. However, I know that as a missionary I am where I need to be. Even though right now I am away from my family, I will be with them again soon. I am very blessed with everything that I have and all that I am. I am so blessed to be a missionary!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church, Just like my father was. He was raised to know of the truthfulness of this gospel and given the choice to decide whether he believed for himself or not. He knew that the church was true and decided to always live by it's teachings. My mother was not born into the church. Her parents were never really active in any church, but from a young age my mother tried many different churches in hopes of finding one that filled her soul with its truthfulness. When she was a teenager, a family moved in and through their example, my mother and her family learned all about the church and they were baptized. She knew for herself that the gospel was true. My parents came to know the truthfulness of the gospel in very different circumstances. However, they both came to the knowledge by the same means. Prayer and personal revelation. Now it is my turn. My parents have taught me all about the gospel. They have shared their faith, and their knowledge that it is the Lords true church. They have taught me all that I need to know to make my own decision. I have prayed and studied and asked to know if this church is true. I know without a doubt that this is The Lords only true church on this earth. That Joseph smith and all those that have followed after him are Prophets who are given revelation for Gods people. I asked for myself, and I received an answer. I am a Mormon because I know that this church, The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints, is God's true church here on earth.

How I live my faith

I want to do what is right. I want to make choices that will help me and my future family and those around me. Everyday I try to learn and teach myself the things that I will need to know in order to be a good mother, wife, and Daughter of god. Many choices I have right now in my life will shape many things yet to come. Like many around me of the same age, I have to decide now how I want to live my life. I have chosen, but I see many around me who are lost and confused about what they should do, and where they should go. I have a testimony of this gospel and I feel compelled to share it with people. Being a missionary is not easy, but when I share the Gospel, I see the happiness and understanding in peoples eyes. I want to go out and teach the things I know and believe in, share the happiness of the gospel, and bring people to the love of God. I live my faith by reading and studying my scriptures, praying to my Heavenly Father, and choosing to do what is right. As I work with children and youth, my testimony of eternal families is strengthened. I look forward to the day that I will have children and can teach them the things that I know. To tell them that we will be an eternal family, and to share the experiences of my mission with them. I want to live my life and faith now in order to build up and strengthen my life and the lives of my future children in the many years to come.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Andelyn
We as members are not required by our leaders to serve missions. However, you could say that we are required by God to serve a mission. A mission is where someone goes and tells people about Jesus Christ and how they can become closer to Him. A missionary shares his or her beliefs and what they know to be true. Fulfilling the commandment given by Jesus to "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations". Many people in the world today do not know about Jesus Christ and His gospel. It is our duty as Christians to go out and tell all people in the world. Missionaries volunteer to serve and if found worthy, are sent to anywhere in the world. They are not paid to serve, yet find that they are blessed immensely by our Heavenly Father to do so. It is the work of the lord and it is changing the world. We all need to gospel. God meant for everyone to have this knowledge, not just a select few. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Andelyn
A "testimony" is a personal belief or something that you know to be true. A testimony is only given to us by the Holy Ghost when we put in the effort to gain one. A testimony is gained a little at a time. Just as in school you have to study to be good at a subject, with a testimony you learn little by little and then you find that you know a lot. Many people can have very strong testimonies about some things such as: The Book of Mormon, Jesus Christ, and modern day prophets, but have unsure testimonies of prayer, the Holy Ghost and other things. As in all instances in life, our knowledge and beliefs can grow continually or diminish if we neglect them. However, If someone is trying to find out if something is true and to gain a testimony, All they have to do is study it out in their mind and then ask God for a confirmation if it is true or not. Show more Show less