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Hi I'm Naomi

I hope to be an artist one day, and a mother. I have never been happier, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the youngest of five kids with three brothers and one sister. I have a niece and a nephew, and another niece on the way. Recently I've been attending college as an art major and I've been considering also attending culinary school. I love to paint, because I find it almost therapeutic. Other things that I love to do include singing, Irish dancing, hiking, laughing, and spending time with my family. Probably the coolest thing I've done (at least recently) is travel to Europe and spend two weeks in Germany and a day in Paris.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family of the Mormon faith, but that isn't why I'm a Mormon. I grew up attending church and learning about the gospel. When I was about thirteen, my parents were divorced because my father had decided that he didn't believe in this faith anymore and left. I had a difficult time then. I had to revisit my own beliefs and thoughts and decide why I am who I am. After struggling for some time, I decided to find out for myself. To really know whether this church was true. I'd read the Book of Mormon, I knew the doctrine, I just wasn't sure. So I knelt down alone and offered up a prayer to my Heavenly Father. I asked him to know if this was true, to know if He had a plan for me, and if He loved me. The response and feeling I received in that moment was so powerful that I remained on my knees for quite some time. After that experience I knew that it was true. But that isn't why I continue to be a member of this church. I've tried living a life without the gospel, and without living these principles that I've been taught. I thought perhaps the world was right. Or maybe that I was close minded. But upon living a life without the gospel, I discovered that I was more miserable in my life than I'd ever been before. The gospel brings happiness to the lives of God's children. That is, all of us. I've seen it for myself, I've experienced it. This led me to my decision to serve as a missionary, not just a proselyting missionary, but for my entire life. Because I don't want anyone to ever feel as miserable as I did. There is strength found in Christ, and He can heal you. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

There are many things that I do or have done to actively live my faith. The simplest of ways is attending church, reading scriptures, praying, and trying my best to live according to our teachings and to be more like Christ. My most recent decision has been to serve a mission and to help others. I believe that any service rendered to another is part of living my faith. Growing up I went to youth activities every week and attended camps for my church. This helped me to keep my standards around other young people and to strengthen my own beliefs. Several times I've been asked to speak in church, which means I stood before our community congregation and taught. Monthly I'm given the opportunity to share my testimony in the same way. I try to answer questions that my friends may have about my church and to help them understand by my example. My family always reads our scriptures and prays together each night, and once a week we sit down together to discuss gospel principles. Living my faith is more than just attending church and being kind to others. It's about every part of my life. It's in how I dress, how I talk and think, how I treat my family, and even in getting an education. Every part of what I do ties in to my faith, and strengthens my beliefs.