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Hi I'm Haley

I grew up in Lindon, Utah. I'm currently studying Elementary Education. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Lindon Utah. Seeing kids take their goats on walks and being pulled on bikes by mini horses wasn't all that unusual. I spent my time growing up reading, going to swim team practice, singing, acting, and laughing with my siblings. I am now 21 years old. I am a recently returned missionary, and I will be returning to school at Utah State University in January. I am working at a school for disabilities, aiding the autism unit. I am majoring in Elementary Education like so many family members before me. I still enjoy reading, singing, and laughing with my siblings. I also enjoy being outdoors,enjoying my Heavenly Fathers creations, meeting new people, and helping others.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family. I grew up knowing that this was the true gospel on this Earth. While I did wonder more as I got into adolescence if this was the true church, I always stuck with it. I saw others fall away and at the time didn't think it was a huge deal. But as I grew up, I saw how unhappy they were. The light in their eyes was dimmed. I never wanted that to happen to me. I remember we had something happen in our family when I was 15 years old. I remember being distraught and not knowing how to handle it. I knelt next to my bed and prayed for peace. Before long I had an overwhelming sense of total love come over me. The next thing I knew I was being embraced in the warmest most loving hug I've ever sensed. But I was still alone. I was able to experience a hug from my Savior. After that it wasn't hard for me to believe in him. I knew his will and I wanted to follow it. I knew that the unhappiness I saw in others was their relationship with the Savior growing dimmer and I never wanted to experience that. It is my goal in life to be as happy as I can and I cannot do that without this gospel. I've tried to imagine my life without the gospel and I know it would be miserable. I am very close to my family, and knowing that I will be with them for all eternity keeps me going some days. I am so glad that I have this gospel in my life so that I know personally that there will be life after death and that I will see my family members that have passed again.

How I live my faith

Each morning I roll out of bed and land on my knees. I pray to my Father in Heaven for numerous things. I pray for friends and family, for health, for strength through trials, and for needs. I get ready for work with a prayer in my heart. As I am at work I am constantly asking for patience. I learned as a missionary that our Heavenly Father listens to every concern, every thought, every happy moment, and every sad. I try my best to continue to use what I've learned from my short mission. I try my best to meet everyone with a smile and a kind word, because even though it doesn't seem like much it could be what they need. I do my best to fulfill all church callings I have received throughout my life. Though I go through many trials, I do what I can to continue to serve others and be kind and sincere. I go at least once a month to visit other sisters in my ward to make sure they're doing okay and share a small message of love that the gospel can bring. I live my faith by doing the small and simple things that we've been asked to do. I know I'm far from being perfect and I even slip on the small and simple things, But I know that as I continue to try and do the best that I can that I can be forgiven for all my sins, and that my Heavenly Father knows me personally and loves me anyway.