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Hi I'm Abbie

I just finished my freshman year of college. I love to sing and dance. I love to play soccer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm 19 years old and I love all that life has to offer. I just finished my freshman year of college and really enjoyed the different opportunities I had to learn. My two favorite classes were accounting and choir. These classes may seem like extreme opposites, but I have always loved having a nerdy side and a creative side. I have sung in choir since elementary school. When I entered high school I began participating in musicals. These experiences allowed me to develop my talents and be comfortable performing in front of others. I also played soccer since I was 8 years old. There is almost nothing better than being sweaty and tired after playing a competitive game of soccer. I am home for the summer right now and I am working in an independent living retirement home. I am a waitress in the dining room. I get to serve and talk with the residents every day. I have a love for elderly people. They have so much knowledge. They are wonderful to talk with and they're so funny too! My senior year of high school I volunteered at an Alzheimer's Association. That is where I developed a greater love for the elderly. Ever since I have decided to always find ways to be associated with them. I also volunteered with special needs students throughout my schooling. They have a sweet place in my heart! They bring me so much joy! I can't help but being around them. Now I am preparing to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Brazil!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because the gospel of Jesus Christ brings me happiness and joy. I know that as I follow the doctrines of the gospel that I can see the world in a better light. I know the Book of Mormon is the word of God. I have read the book and prayed to ask God if it is truly his word. God answered my prayer and I know that the Book of Mormon is true. When I read the Book of Mormon I feel closer to my Savior. The Book of Mormon compliments the Bible incredibly. I love learning of my Savior as I read both the Book of Mormon and the Bible. Most of all I am a Mormon because I recognize that the fruits of the gospel are wonderful. When I live the gospel of Jesus Christ I know that I am living my life the way that God wants me to live. The gospel of Jesus Christ makes sense to me. I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer. I know that God has given me everything that I have in this life. I know that only through the atonement of Jesus Christ can I return to live with God again some day. I know that God and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith when he was inquiring which church he should join. I know that God still answers prayers. I know that God loves all of his children and that he wants to communicate with them. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. He was the mouthpiece of the Lord to restore the gospel on this earth. I know that revelation is a wonderful gift from God. I know that there is a prophet on the earth today. His name is Thomas S. Monson. I know that as I obey the commandments of God that I can be happy. Life will still have its challenges, but the Lord will help me to overcome them. As I face challenges in my life I am able to grow and develop into the person that God wants me to become. I want to become the person that God desires for me to become. More than anything else I know that God loves me and wants what is best for me. I simply want to share his love with others.

How I live my faith

My freshman year of school I was assigned to be a leader for 55 girls my age that I went to church with. In this role I had the wonderful opportunity to get to know these girls and become a friend to them. Each week I would see the girls at church and make sure that someone had prepared a lesson to teach them. Throughout the week I would talk with the girls as much as possible. We would grab lunch and dinner together, go to the gym or just stay in our dorms talking late at night. I wanted to make sure that the girls knew that they were loved by God, their Heavenly Father. Many girls were far from home, but I wanted them to know that they weren't alone. I would schedule activities for all of us to do together and we would always eat good food together! We watched movies together, did service projects, played sports and many other activities. Now that I am back home I have been teaching Sunday School to elementary age children. I love listening to their eager voices answer a question or tell me a story about their life. It is also fun to see their faces light up when they realize that I baked cookies for them! Most of all I am amazed by the great faith that little children have in God.