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Hi I'm Mercedes Paige

I grew up in Utah. I am an aspiring musician and I love hiking, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

To say that I love music is an understatement. I have been singing since I was a little girl, and since then I have learned to play flute and piano, and I taught myself to play guitar and ukulele. The summer before my senior year of high school, I began writing music. The summer after my senior year I wrote a song for the young woman's program in our ward to be used at girls camp. I currently am working on recording my first album. When I'm not playing music, I love hiking and being outdoors. I currently am going to college a few hours away from my hometown. I want to be a music teacher. My mother was divorced. I am the oldest of 4 children in my family by eight years, I was adopted by the man I now call my dad the same year that my closest sister was born. One of my favorite things to do in summer is to lay out under the stars and watch the night sky.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in this church, but it wasn't always certain that it is true. In 5th grade I was in and out of doctors offices a lot with something the doctors couldn't figure out. Then my uncle died unexpectedly. I asked myself things like "If there was a God and a Christ, why would they let a good man like him die?""If there is a God, why won't he heal me? I have always tried my best to be good." But I still wanted SO badly to believe it was true, because if it was true then things were going to be okay, I would get better someday, I would see my uncle again, and I would be happy. But I just wasn't sure anymore. Then one day, I heard a quote: "Sometimes the things that may or may not be true are the things a man needs to believe in the most...You see, a man should believe in those things, because those are the things worth believing in." So then and there I decided that this church and it's teachings were something worth believing in. So I chose believe. The rest came slowly.I prayed and read the Book of Mormon, I kept going to church and started going to the church choir. The more I acted on that belief, the stronger it became. I came to know what I know now, beyond a shadow of a doubt: that God lives. His son, Jesus Christ, truly came to earth, suffered for all of our sins and sorrows and pains, and died for us. I know that he was resurrected, and He lives, and because he lives we ALL will live again. His church was restored to the earth by the Prophet Joseph Smith who translated the Book of Mormon. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. I know that there is a Prophet on the earth today, and he leads this church. I know I still don't know everything, but I, like Paul, am persuaded that that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. And that is enough.

How I live my faith

Prior to moving to college, I was a youth leader in our young women's group. There I set up a program in the 16-18 year old class that I called "The Big-Sister Initiative". This program gave the older girls two or three of the younger girls to try to be a big sister to. This meant that they made these girls feel not just like they were just as much a part of the group as the older girls, but to try to help them feel loved and more comfortable and excited about being a part of the young women's program. Last I heard, this program was catching on stake-wide. I am still friends with my "little sisters", and I am sure I have been more blessed by their friendship than they were by mine. In my college ward I serve in a similar capacity. I am the Relief Society President of my young single adult ward here at college, and although I have 80 girls to care for rather than 12, it feels very much the same. I love the Lord and I know I can do anything with him.