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Hi I'm Autumn

I'm a college student, a missionary, a daughter, sister, friend, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up as the middle child of five, and was pretty much known as the peacekeeper. I was home schooled up until starting college. I've changed my major a few times because I love learning new things, but I finally settled on going into clothing construction and art. I hope to one day be able to paint pictures of Christ, and also design and sew modest formal dresses. I love hiking, horseback riding, and simply taking walks. The world is so huge and beautiful, and I am so grateful that I can live out in it.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in the church, for the first part of my life I was probably living off my parents' testimonies. I gained my own testimony so slowly and steadily that I can't point to any one moment in my life and say: "That's when it happened!". For me it was simply one truth at a time, my testimony of each growing a bit more every time I learned or thought or prayed about it. I was able to pray about "the Book of Mormon" and received an answer from the spirit that it was a true book. By the same means I was able to come to the knowledge that Joseph Smith was a real prophet. I am a Mormon now because I know that the gospel is true. That the prophet who leads us today is lead by God. The spirit fills me when I think of the principles of this gospel, and the more I experience the more I can see the truths I have learned about and how much a part of this life they really are. Every time I hear the prophet speak, read the scriptures, pray, or merely think about things to myself; I am reminded that this is right. That this church is the Lord's church. More than anything else, the thing that makes me believe in this church is the fact that when I live by what it teaches, and as I learn more about it, I am able to come closer to Christ. I can feel Christ in this gospel, and I am a Mormon because I want to follow Him, to be like Him, and I can feel that this church is bringing that about. This gospel "tastes" good to me. It is light, it is food to my soul. It is the way to happiness, and to Christ and Heavenly Father.

How I live my faith

I have always had a strong and deep desire to serve other people. Because of this I have looked for ways to help out in church and here at college. I'm not always very good at it, because sometimes I let my fear get the better of me, but I have been able to serve in various callings that I have been given. I am also able to be a roommate, daughter, sister, and friend and try my best to live up to those life callings as well. The Lord has always helped me to do good, to show love and to reach out, and has given me strength to help others when I thought I was too weak to. One of the most important ways I feel I live my faith is by preparing, to the best of my abilities, to be a wife and mother someday. I am learning all I can, both secularly and spiritually, knowing that all the knowledge I gain now will allow me to be a better mother in the future. I can think of no way I will benefit this world more than by being a wife and mother.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

We worship God and Jesus Christ, not Joseph Smith. We do honor and respect him though. It's kind of like how in America George Washington is so highly thought of and honored. Just as those of us in America have gratitude and respect for the founder of our nation, so we who are Mormons have gratitude and respect for the founder of our religion in these latter-days. We don't believe that Joseph Smith created this religion, any more than George Washington formed the land America was built on, but we do believe that that he was in instrument in the hands of God in bringing it back to the earth and we have a deep appreciation for him for that. Show more Show less