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Hi I'm Abby

I'm 19 years old and looking towards the future with hope. I'm a dreamer and a thinker. I'm a peacemaker. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My life may seem average, but as the oldest of six children, it's anything but. Being a daughter and a sister has been a beautiful opportunity, and though I often make mistakes, I like to think that I do a pretty decent job of it. I've always loved to create. Since I was little, I've had a flair for the dramatic. Acting and singing were my main areas of interest in high school, but now that I'm in college I've chosen to focus on the English language. Someday I plan to become an English teacher on the secondary level, where I'll be able to inflict my love of reading on defenseless teenagers. Ah, yes. In the meantime, I try to develop my many talents: Juggling, writing bad poetry, changing diapers, editing papers, singing alto, offering opinions and making brownies. It's a good life.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because this Gospel lights up my life. Each day as I strive to become closer to Jesus Christ, I become closer to reaching my full potential, closer to fulfilling my divine nature and closer to being the kind of person I want to be. Nowhere else have I been able to find more peace and more lasting happiness than in this Church.

How I live my faith

Over nineteen years I've held many different callings in the L.D.S. Church, including being a leader of a young women's group and being on various planning committees for different youth activities. This last year at college I served as a pianist. I'm pleased to say that I'm currently anticipating service as a full-time missionary for eighteen months. Every time I even think of it, I'm filled with joy.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Abby
First off, Mormons believe that everything we have is a gift from God. We can work and be successful, but we should keep in mind that nothing we have comes solely from our own talents and abilities, since our talents and abilities themselves come from Heavenly Father, too! Tithing payment is many things: 1. It's the fulfillment of a commandment. 2. It's a way to show God that we appreciate all the blessings he's given us, and 3. It's a way to support this divinely organized church, which uses our tithing to further the Gospel and support those who are afflicted and in need of help... basically to spread love all around! Giving up a little of our money each month keeps worldly pride in check and reminds us that we should be seeking for "treasures in Heaven." It keeps priorities straight and gratitude flowing, and is a wonderful opportunity for service. Not to mention, tithes given humbly and faithfully bring blessings. Seems like a win-win-win to me. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Abby
With all the modern controversy going on about what "equality for all" really means, it's easy to jump on the bandwagon of pop culture and start campaigning for women to be "equal" to men by being "allowed" to hold the priesthood. People who believe this simply don't understand the priesthood. As Mormons we believe that men and women hold different roles that complement each other. These roles are indeed equal in power and glory, but entail different responsibilities and require different talents specific to what men and women are naturally gifted with, respectively. Women don't hold the priesthood, not because we can't or because church leaders don't think we can handle it, and certainly not because God wants to withhold something special from us, but because it isn't part of our divine role. Speaking as a woman, and as a proponent of equality, I can say that I am truly grateful for my personal calling as a nurturer, caretaker, leader, future wife and mother, peacemaker, friend and witness of Christ. When I marry I may work, I may stay at home. I may have many children, I may not be able to have any. But I know that I will walk equally beside my husband, as his partner and friend during our journey toward eternity. Show more Show less