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Hi I'm Cloe

I've traveled around the globe, but I'm a southern girl at heart. I'm a mormon.

About Me

I love a good challenge. Well, 70% of the time. The rest of the time I'd prefer to sit on some deserted beach with a good book and a good radio station. I'm a southern girl. Fried chicken, biscuits and gravy, cheesy grits, mashed potatoes, corn, campfires, front porches, shooting, dirt bikes, catching crawdads in creeks...a little bit of Heaven here on Earth. I love being outside-from white water rafting and rappelling to a chill walk down the road. I've met a lot of cool people, my parents being two of them, who have inspired and advised me through quite a few important decisions in my life. I love going out with my friends. Not so much of a shopper, but I do appreciate a great pair of heels and a classy sundress. I'd have to say one of my hobbies would be hanging out with the little kids-particularly the ones in my family. They're hilarious, and not afraid of looking stupid-another hobby of mine. Living overseas in Europe and Asia has been such a blessing in a million different ways, I am determined to go back! I'm in love with playing sports. Currently it's lacrosse. I've suffered a bit of senioritis lately, having been accepted to college, but if all goes well I will graduate part of the class of 2014.

Why I am a Mormon

I started out a Mormon because that's the set of beliefs I was taught as a kid. But as I grew, I developed a habit of questioning the accuracy of what I'd been taught (much to the chagrin of my grade school teachers). I guess I just had a desire to know. No matter what, I could never quite understand this whole 'love' thing. How someone so Great could give His life for something as inconsequential as me-leaving the 99 for the 1? He didn't get any tangible, logical benefit-so why? It seems the more I study the less I know. What a vexing conundrum. I fail a lot, I have doubts. I need those constant reminders my Father in Heaven prompts me with along the road of life-nasty potholes and breathtaking panoramic scenery alike. I asked over and over, I studied, I saved quotes, read discourses, books, even watched a few TedTalks. There is a lot of knowledge available, I learned a lot. But only when I the Book of Mormon cover to cover, only when I came before my maker humbled in my lack of ability to find the answer myself but with proof of my deep desire to know, only then, did I begin to understand. Just begin, haha, because that was just the start. No fantastic miracle (though like Saul who became Paul, sometimes that's what it takes) I continue to know through the simple grace of God, the peace I feel as I seek to serve his children and live by the things I learn in His word. This church is true, because it is through following the word of these modern day prophets, I know that there is a God, and He loves me so much He sent His son, Jesus Christ, to die for me. Jesus Christ died not only because of His love for the Father, but because of His love for me. And that is the greatest miracle of all.

How I live my faith

I learned to put God first-not saying it's easy, nor have I perfected it, but I can promise it is worth the work and pain. I've seen the testimony of Christ in the Book of Mormon change lives. Multiple times. I feel so humbled when I look out at the Georgia night sky, all the stars that go on forever. There is quite literally nothing more stunning than nature. Christ gives us the Parable of the Talents in Matthew ch. 25. We each have talents when we are born (whether it be 1 or 101, touching your tongue to your nose or understanding quantum physics) and are given the opportunity to enhance our character. Part of God's stunning nature is displayed in His children; so I want to respect, love, and learn from the people he made. Despite what I may think, there is always some good worth enhancing in each person. Whether we naturally cooperate or not. "Every man I meet is my superior in some way, and in that I learn from him" (Ralph Waldo Emerson). After all, His first greatest commandment was to love Him, and the second like unto it, to love our neighbor-our fellow travelers through life (Luke 10, Matt 22). Because, "the worth of souls is great in the sight of God" (D&C 18:10)