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Hi I'm Carly Thornhill

I grew up in Arizona. I'm the third of six children. I'm a college student. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm currently serving a mission in Mexico City! I love being a missionary and sharing the restored gospel with others. Before I came out here, I was a college student, hoping to eventually get into vet school. I love to spend time with my friends and family. I enjoy reading, running, watching movies, meeting new people, trying new things, having fun, and laughing!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a Mormon household and was baptized when I was 8. Where I was rasied, there was a low percentage of LDS people so I learned early on how to talk about my beliefs to those of other faiths. I always knew I had something special when I would share about my faith; I had the knowledge of the restored gospel. As many teenagers do though, I started to question if what my parents taught me was right. When I was about 13, I decided I needed to know for myself. At church camp that summer, I went into the woods to pray and ask my Father in Heaven if this was His true church. I was expecting a huge overwhelming feeling after I said that prayer. Instead, I got a quiet reassurance and a small voice that said, "You already know that it is." And that's when I realized, I really did have the knowledge, now I just needed the faith. From then on, I have tried to live my life in harmony with the Lord's teachings and I don't question the truthfulness of the church. For me, this gospel makes too much sense for it not to be true. This is the same church that Christ established in His day. I'm so glad I'm able to know that. Now, I'm going to share that knowledge and my testimony on my mission to the people of Mexico.

How I live my faith

I live my faith each day by following the commandments given to us and sharing the gospel with those around me. When I'm going through a trial, I stay faithful even when it's difficult because I know it's part of God's plan for me. Currently, I live my faith by sharing it daily and being a full time missionary. I have been a ward missionary, where I help the full time missionaries. I have also been a class president, where I'm over a certain age group of girls. In college, I was in charge of family home evenings in my dorm, which is when we get together and spend time learning, playing, and enjoying one another's company.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Carly Thornhill
We are asked to give 10% of our income as tithing to the Lord. This is to help fund the activities of the church and to teach us faith. To give up part of your income is hard and it requires faith that you will be okay financially. If you think about it though, God created everything so everything we have and everything we are, is because of him. The least we can do is pay a little back to Him, showing our faith and humility. Plus, the Bible in Malachi 3:8-10 promises us that if we pay our tithing there will be so many "blessings that there will not be room enough to receive them." To me, that sounds pretty good so I'll gladly pay my tithing to my Lord. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Carly Thornhill
This is one of my favorite beliefs that we have as Mormons. We believe that death is not the end and that there is life after this earthly death. To me, that is so comforting to know that I will be able to see my grandparents and others who have passed away, again someday. Death is actually necessary, just as birth is. We come to this world to be tested, to be tried, and to learn. We must die to live with our Father in Heaven again. God has this amazing plan for us called the Plan of Happiness which was aptly named because it leads us to so much joy! If you want to learn more, talk to the missionaries. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Carly Thornhill
To find out if Mormonism is true, you have to ask your Heavenly Father, as I did. A prophet, Moroni, tells us in Moroni 10:4-5 that "And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things." So you have to pray with real intent, which means with a desire to know if this is true or not. Sometimes the answer may not come right away or in the way you're expecting, so continue to pray and learn about this gospel. In God's time, He will answer you through the Holy Ghost which comes as a feeling or as a thought. And trust me, He will answer you and it will be amazing. Show more Show less