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Hi I'm Gibby

I'm a college student. I have a passion for learning. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I absolutely love music and play the piano and viola. I have a passion for learning new things. I love reading classic literature and plays. I also love to see plays; comedies, dramas, musicals, you name it, I probably love it. I'm currently attending college, studying Social Work. I hope to someday work for the United Nations in their Russian branch. I am also preparing to serve an LDS mission.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were raised as Mormons, and so naturally I was too. As a child I simply believed because my parents were always right. I was baptized when I was eight but I did not ever have doubts or questions as to why I was doing it. As I have grown, my opinions have differed more from that of my parents. With those differences came doubts about what they had always taught me. In ninth grade, age 15, I signed up for seminary (an LDS religious class for youth) because that was the thing to do. It was in that year of school that I began to really think for myself. I began to explore other religions and beliefs. My geography class showed me many different faiths, and I had to wonder if I really believed in my own. This was a very stressful time for me emotionally. Things were happening within and without my family that were shaking my faith. I often wondered if there even was a God. My relationship with my parents became strained because of this. They did not know about my inner struggles because I felt like I would be shut down if I tried to share. After exploring all of those religions, however, I did come back to the LDS faith because it felt the most complete. I had not changed my beliefs, but I had decided them for myself. I now know without a shadow of a doubt that this is the one true church on the earth. My faith in Jesus Christ has strengthened me and helped me through the most difficult times of my life. Without the support of the LDS church, I would not be who I am or be where I am today.

How I live my faith

I am currently preparing to serve a full-time LDS mission in Jacksonville, Florida. In doing this, I will be completely dedicating 18 months of my life to sharing the gospel with others. I also serve as a family history consultant in my Young Single Adults ward. I teach a weekly class to help these young adults be more able to learn and research their ancestors. I also help them look for people who have not had temple ordinances done for them yet and make it possible for the young adults to receive the ordinances by proxy for these people.