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Hi I'm Ray

I'm a wife. I'm a college student. I am passionate about improving the world through youth. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a young, married, college student. I have played the violin since grade school, and I continue to play it for church firesides and special musical numbers. I also enjoy baking, gardening, and crafting whenever I can. My greatest passion would have to be working with youth. I am currently a Secondary Education English major, and I believe that the best way to improve our world is to begin with children. So often, children become lost in this world because they lack proper guidance. Many children are raised without even knowing that they are a child of God, and that they are heirs to the Kingdom of God. My hope, throughout my career as a teacher and throughout my life as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, is to be a loving and guiding example for others as our lives cross paths. If I can merely plant a seed in the hearts of my students, then I know that the Lord will provide a way for them to find the church, the gospel, and eternal happiness.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ because I know it to be true. Yes, I have been a member all of my life, but there was a time as a teenager where I had hit an all-time spiritual low. I was living outside of gospel teachings and I had lost that connection I had once had with my Heavenly Father. I had never felt so sad, ashamed, or alone. As I sat in church one day, I decided to open up my scriptures... something that I had not done in a very long time. I was searching for some kind of answer, some kind of proof that God was real and that he really loved me the way that the scriptures proclaimed. I just wanted to know that, out of all the people in this world, he really knew me and loved me. The meeting ended. I had wiped away my tears and sat in the pew, waiting for others to get up and leave, when a missionary came up to me. I had never met this missionary before. He handed me a small folded piece of paper that had been ripped out of a small notebook. It had a smiley face drawn on the outside of it, along with the scripture Ether 12:27. I opened to the scripture and was shocked to find that it was completely perfect for my needs. I needed to hear that Heavenly Father was allowing me to go through this hard time because he wanted to help me become stronger. On the inside of the note, the missionary had thanked me for my example of having an open heart and a contrite spirit. He let me know that my Heavenly Father loved me and knew my pains, and that he was waiting for me to repent and be close to him again. From that moment on, my testimony never stopped growing. I know that my Heavenly Father knows me and loves me. I know that the gospel is true, and that only through it's teachings and through the atonement can we find eternal joy and happiness. I know that families can be together forever, and that no matter where we are in life or what struggles we may try to overcome, Heavenly Father is waiting for us with open arms.

How I live my faith

I just recently moved and am now located in a new ward. I have not yet been assigned a church calling in my new ward, but I still enjoy attending church classes that help me strengthen my testimony and "recharge" my spiritual batteries. After a long week of being in the world, with its hardships and trials, it's nice to come to church and refocus my efforts on building a stronger relationship with Christ.