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Hi I'm Latisha

I grew up in Connecticut, am an avid "crafter," and am currently serving a mission. I"m a Mormon.

About Me

For much of my childhood I was raised without religion really playing a role. However, my parents were great examples of sincere, hard working, and loving people. My brother, two sisters, and I were raised to live with good values and high expectations for ourselves. I am a college student, and truly love to learn. Of course sometimes school seems to just be school, but I try and get the very most out of it that I can. I'm preparing to be an elementary school teacher--something I have wanted to do since meeting my 2nd grade teacher. When I'm not doing school I spend my time doing lots and lots of crafty things. My grandma taught me to crochet when I was about 10, and I'm always starting new crocheting projects. However, I enjoy everything from scrapbooking to candle making. I have a new found love of ballroom dance, and spend a lot of time doing that as well. Since 6th grade I've had a solid interest in French, and have actually had the opportunity to study abroad in France. When time permits, reading is always a favorite past time. Family and friends play a huge role in my life, and I do my best to keep good solid relationships with those people. I love having fun with them, and enjoy documenting everything I can with pictures. I love to laugh, eat french fries (or pretty much anything made out of a potato), and read Harry Potter.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know it's true, and I want to be a Mormon. However, I didn't always. Most of childhood life I grew up without much knowledge of any religion at all. At the end of 7th grade, my family decided to move to Georgia. My dad had some prospects for a good job, my parents were interested in buying a house, and they are sometimes a bit cheaper down in the South (compared to New England), plus my parents knew some people down there. So we packed up and left. My grandparents moved with us, and had to stay with us awhile while they looked for housing to suit their needs. I remember one time going into my Grandma's room, and seeing her read the Bible. My sisters and I were very interested because we had never read the Bible before, but especially now, being in the South, we heard a lot about the Bible, and church at school. So we began to read it with my Grandma. That Christmas she bought us each our own pink bibles. It was around that time my Grandma suggested having the missionaries over. Let's back track a minute. My grandparents who were living with us were Mormon, and in fact, so were my parents. However, none of them had been to church in many many many years (hence growing up without religion). Interestingly enough though I can remember my parents mentioning getting us kids baptized a couple times throughout my childhood. I remember, because I was scared of baptism. Nothing never really came of any of it though. At least not before that year in Georgia. The missionaries did come and teach us, and soon after my brother, sisters and I were baptized. That was a while ago now, and I am still a Mormon. "I know it. I live it. I love it" (quote from Ann M. Dibb). I'm a Mormon because I feel my Savior's love for me by how I live my life. I'm Mormon because I have learned for myself that through this gospel I can change. I can be forgiven, and I can grow eternally. I'm a Mormon because it has blessed my life, and I know it's because it's true.

How I live my faith

I do my best to live my faith simply by living my life. I want everything I do, and how I do it to show my beliefs even if that just means looking for the best in a bad situation. I try to serve and love the people around me, and reach out to others when possible as well. I'm definitely not perfect at any of this, and am always trying to be better. I push myself to see the best in others, and to love them as a child of God. I've also had some more obvious opportunities to live my faith. I have been blessed to be a visiting teacher (also known as a friend) to many different women in my wards over the past few years. I spend time with them, and do anything I can to make their life a little easier. Sometimes that means sharing messages, sometimes that means doing the dishes. It has been a strengthening, eye-opening and learning experience. I've also had the opportunity to be in a leadership role in church. I worked to make sure the women in my ward were getting what they needed in life--emotionally, spiritually, and sometimes physically as well. I had a small role in planning events that would help uplift and unite the women in my ward, and I also had the specific role of getting/preparing teachers for a lesson each Sunday. Furthermore, I am about to start living my faith in a big way. Just a few months ago I decided that I wanted to serve as a full time missionary for my church. I began the preparations, and in a few days I leave for 18 months to bring people the beautiful news of love and forgiveness I that the gospel of Jesus Christ has taught me.