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Hi I'm Cecily Wilson

I grew up around the world as my dad was in the army. I study wildlife management. I love to dance. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently an undergraduate student studying Wildlife and Wildlands Conservation. This past summer I worked as a field tech on wildlife research projects and had an incredible time. I got to work with trapping and measuring lizards, toads, snakes, small mammals, kit foxes, bats, and more and loved it all! My dad is a licensed falconer and so we had a lot of raptors in the house while I was growing up. I love to be around animals and hope to work at a zoo or safari in the future as an animal caretaker, and possibly get involved with research on captive breeding programs. French is my minor, at school, and I think it is the most beautiful language. I also love music. I play the flute, bassoon, guitar, ukulele, and am now learning the piano; I like to sing and have been involved in many musicals. I also enjoy dancing and do ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap, and both latin and standard ballroom. In high school I pole vaulted for the track team and was a diver on the swim team. I enjoy skiing and rockclimbing with my family, I love to read, and I love to learn new things (good thing life is long!). My dad's family is from Norway, for which I am very proud, and we go and visit in the summer. I also lived in Japan for three years when I was younger because my dad was in the army. People are my favorite thing about life and I love making new friends. I hope some day to be a good wife and mother, and I cannot wait for the rest of life's adventures to start!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into an LDS family and baptized when I was eight, but it was not until I was older could really appreciate what that meant to me and how it has shaped my life. The first time I can remember really feeling in my heart for myself that I believed that this church is true I was eleven years old. We had been asked, every member, in a large meeting of the church, by the living Prophet of God to try and read the Book of Mormon all the way through before the end of the next year. Everyone in my family, except my little brother, accepted the challenge and we each embarked on our own personal journey of reading the book. We all managed to finish on time and I felt relieved but nothing else. Nothing special, not until the following Sunday. The first Sunday of every month is a little bit different in our church because it is a designated day of fasting, and during the main sacrament meeting everyone is welcome to go to the stand to testify of what they know is true. I decided to go up there, and was going along, saying largely things that I had heard others say before, but as I said the words "and I know that the Book of Mormon is True" I did. It hit me like a ton of bricks and I began to cry. The spirit of the Lord testified to my young heart that day that the Book is true and I have been learning more truths for myself everyday since. I know that Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God and that he restored the true church of Christ to the earth again. I know that I am who I am today because of the things I have been taught-because of the commandments which bring me nothing but happiness. My parents were both converts at the age 18, and not very likely ones at that. But I can see, so clearly, the difference it has made in our families life, when I look at the struggles of our extended family, and I am thankful everyday. I would not change what happened for the world and I will never stop being a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I have always had great respect for the way the church is run on the volunteer service of its members. Our bishops and teachers do not go to school to study religion; rather they give up their time to commit to serve the other members of their congregation and trust in God that He will guide them and make up for their deficiencies. One of my favorite callings I have been given in the church was to be a leader at a camp for the young girls. I got called the summer after my first year of college and was hardly older than the girls themselves, but I accepted cheerfully. One other woman from my ward was also called and we were in charge of five girls, one of the smallest groups at the camp, but this gave me such an incredible opportunity to get to know them and love them. By the end of five crazy days of sleeping in tents together and running around the woods, the girls had learned to trust me and some of my sweetest memories are of them opening up to me with their worries and concerns and being able to give them advice and comfort. I have also been a teacher in Sunday School, a large calling for one so young, but it gave me an incredible opportunity to learn about the New Testament as I studied to prepare lessons. Every Sunday I go to a local retirement home to visit the many friends that I have made there. It makes me so happy to go sit and talk with them and to give them hugs. They are always grateful for the visits but I think that I am the one who truly benefits from their beautiful spirits and wonderful stories. In high school I was involved in various community service activities. One that I particularly enjoyed was called Kid's On the Block. In pairs, myself and other high school students, would go to elementary schools to perform puppet skits informing about various disabilities and trying to decrease bullying of kids who are "different."