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Hi I'm Hayley

I love to sing, write, and paint. I am an artist. I am a mormon.

About Me

I am a 19 year old student, looking forward to serving as a full time missionary in a few months. I spent most of my childhood in Cedar City, Utah, but my family moved here to California quite few years ago. I love singing, playing piano, doing math, and writing, but most of all creating art. I was a published illustrator at 15 and have done book covers, and everything else I can get my hands on since. I love my family, and know that I am so blessed to have their influence in my life. I don't like to wear shoes, and I have a crazy imagination. I could subsist on a diet made up entirely of grapes and milk, and I like to watch movies and fall asleep to the sound of rain.

Why I am a Mormon

It may seem that the reason I am mormon is that I was born into a mormon family. I suppose that is the initial reason, but I want you to know that I am not blindly following my parent's examples, however wonderful they may be. I have prayed to my Heavenly Father, and have received my own witness that this gospel is true. I know that my Savior lives and that He suffered for my sins. I know that I lived with my Heavenly Father before I came to the Earth. I know that God would not cease to communicate and give guidance to those of His children willing to listen. He has called a prophet today who leads His church just as did the prophets of old. I know that He answers prayers. I know the Bible, and the Book of Mormon are truly scripture, and work in harmony as testimonies of Christ and his divine purpose, of God's love for his children, and of the truth of our message. Lastly I would like to share with you my testimony that this gospel can open up the door to a kind of happiness and inner peace you had never before known possible. That is why it is here; to teach us how to be truly happy and to show us the way back to our loving Heavenly Father's presence. I love it with all my heart, and I know it is the truth.

How I live my faith

I try my very hardest to be a contributing member of my singles ward. I am on the counsel that organizes dances, movie night, and other fun activities for our church's institute of religion ( something I thoroughly enjoy ) I teach the womens' group once or twice a month out of a book on the teachings of prophets, and I am the chorister and sometimes piano player at church. Most of all though, I am constantly trying to follow the example of my Savior. I study the scriptures, and the words of the prophets every day so that I can be better. I have happily chosen to spend eighteen months of my life telling people about the things that I believe because I feel it is a responsibility. We all know the line at the end of the spiderman movies; "With great power comes great responsibility". Well I think that could also say: "With great blessing, comes great responsibility". This gospel is an amazing message. People don't know how happy they can be! For some reason my Heavenly Father decided I was to be born into a family who lived and taught the gospel valiantly. It would be selfish and un-Christlike to keep the opportunity for such deep and all-encompassing joy to myself. I simply can't. So I will live my faith by sharing what I have been so blessed to know with God's children.

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?

Hayley
We believe men and women are equals in God's eyes, but not the same. By nature men and women differ greatly in mannerisms and abilities, and therefore have different roles both in the church and in the home. Men are given the priesthood and serve as the primary leaders in the church, just as they are to preside within their homes, but their wives stand beside them to support them, advise them, and be their closest companions. The influence of the women in this church is felt in every action and decision the priesthood brethren make. They serve as teachers, secretaries, presidents and counselors, just as the men do. The following is not strictly doctrine, but I wish to share it anyway. My dad used to tell me that the priesthood is given to men because they, more than women, need to learn to serve and develop a caring and sensitive spirit. The priesthood cannot be used selfishly, it is, and forever will be, for the sole purpose of helping and serving others. Women, as my father put it, are in most cases born with a nurturing, loving spirit, but men aren't as inclined to such things. He believes Heavenly Father, as an act of his infinite grace, gave men the priesthood so that they could better learn charity. So, instead of being something that sets men and women apart, the priesthood is actually a great equalizer. Show more Show less