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Hi I'm Abbey

I am studying to become an elementary school teacher. I love children, books, reading and chocolate. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Growing up, I was involved in various activities and groups. In high school I played the viola in orchestra and sang as an alto in choir. I also served in Student Council, Yearbook Staff, Mayor's Youth Council, Key Club, Distinguished Young Women of America and National Honor Society. I remember doing these clubs so I could meet people, improve my resume and feel like I fit in. Over the past two years, I was bothered by the thought that I did things for other people. I am a "people pleaser." I have thought about who I am and who I want to be. I came to the conclusion that my actions will determine who I become. That is when I began pursuing what I liked because I liked it - not because other people liked it or because it was expected. I found happiness by pursuing my dreams. Finding what I liked to do helped me find out who I am. I love being active: I love jogging, swimming, going on walks, swinging on swings, playing sports, doing zumba - pretty much anything that gets me moving! I also love reading and baking (and eating) chocolate chip cookies. I am going to school to become an elementary school teacher. I love children and child-like things: fairytales, make-believe games, picture books, etc. I love the optimism and creativity of children and their zest for life! I have been so blessed in my life to grow up in a home where my mother and father never argued and it was an uplifting, safe place to be. I have three wonderful siblings. I love my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a Mormon. Growing up has its ups and downs because everyone is trying to fit in and everyone wants to be accepted. In adolescence, there is almost an underlying list of qualities to have in order to accepted. I am a "people pleaser" and have found myself having a hard time saying "no" to people or sometimes pretend to agree with people to make them happy. Throughout high school, I did what my friends wanted and I tried to blend into the crowd. I used my parents' testimonies as a crutch for my own. As I have matured, I have come to love the quote by Dr. Seuss, "Why fit in when you were born to stand out?" I have learned that each person is unique and special. Each person brings something different to this world and it is their responsibility to embrace who they are and help the world become a better place. When I moved to college, I began to read the Book of Mormon every day and tried to follow its precepts. I listened to talks from church leaders and began trying to change. As I made these changes, I began to feel a difference in my life. I felt peaceful and confident. I know who I am and whose I am. Being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has brought me happiness-more than I can explain. I am a Mormon because I know that God lives and He wants to help His children. I know that He loves each person and speaks through revelation and inspiration. I know that Jesus Christ is the Savior and that He can bring peace and direction to life. I am a Mormon because I feel the truth of the gospel and feel happiness and confidence. I am a Mormon because living the gospel provides direction. I am a Mormon because I have found answers to life through the gospel. I am a Mormon because I love Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and have grown closer to them by living the standards of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I am a Mormon because I want to be with my family forever and want to help others be together forever, too.

How I live my faith

The world we live in today is full of different opinions and ideas. I believe this can be a good thing! Unfortunately, there is an attitude of "If you don't agree with me, you don't love me." I live my faith by trying my best to show respect and love to everyone, regardless of what they believe in comparison to what I believe. I love organizing and cleaning. I have a binder where I keep daily schedules, to-do lists, budgets, meal plans, etc. In this binder, I also keep a list of ideas for service. Every night, I choose two ideas for service I could do the next day - the service generally affects different people each time and I try to reach out to everyone I come in contact with. I try to talk to everyone I meet - I have found that by talking to the people I come in contact with, I can gain a deeper respect for them and usually find ways that I can help them! Without talking to these people and just going on my way, I wouldn't know if there was something I could do to help them. I love the Savior, Jesus Christ, and I try to do what He would want me to. I try to follow His example of serving others. Jeffrey R. Holland said, "Assume the good, doubt the bad." I try to follow this motto. I believe that everyone has a desire to be loved and to do something great. I try to help other people feel loved and achieve their goals by loving them for who they are and helping them where I can. I share the gospel with people because it has helped me in my life to find direction. I have a purpose and worth. I choose not to speak or dress immodestly and believe that by keeping my standards high, I am helping others become the best they can be. I live my faith by keeping my standards, regardless of the situation.