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Hi I'm Hailey

I'm a student at Harvard. I love science, jazz, and my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I just finished my freshman year at Harvard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I love science and math, and I'm thinking about majoring in biology or computer science. I've been called to serve a mission in the France, Lyon Mission beginning July 9, 2014, after which I'll come back to Harvard to finish my degree. I love music, especially jazz, and I'm a member of my school's drumming group as well as a DJ on a local jazz radio show. I'm grew up in Utah Valley, where my family still lives. I have two brothers and a sister, and I absolutely love being a sister (older and younger!). My family are my absolute favorite people in the world, and I wouldn't trade them for anything.

Why I am a Mormon

Though I've always been a member of the church, I didn't really gain my testimony until I was in high school. My family went through a really tough time, and when my parents divorced I felt terribly alone. There were days when I wasn't sure I could go on. Throughout these tough years, it was my relationship with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ that sustained me. I found comfort in the promises in the Book of Mormon, and I knew that although things looked bad, through our Savior, it would all be okay. I'm serving a mission because I want to share the comfort and happiness I found during those hard times.

How I live my faith

My ward (congregation) here at school consists of all the unmarried young adults in the Boston area. Most of us are students, attending anywhere from Harvard to MIT to Boston College to Tufts University. I serve in the ward by playing piano during the third hour of church. I love bringing my friends to church and other church events with me, and I love talking with other students about the Book of Mormon and Jesus Christ. I'm excited to serve as a missionary in the France Lyon Mission, where I'll get to spend all my time sharing the happiness I've found in the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

The relationship between women and the priesthood is not a matter of church administration or the decisions of church leaders, but is instead what has been decided by the Lord. In the church, women and men work as equals to advance God's purposes and to progress to become more like Jesus Christ. In marriages, we work as equal partners, with shared responsibilities. All women share an identity as beloved daughters of God, and in this way we have talents and abilities distinct from those of men. Because of this we sometimes have responsibilities distinct from men, in areas where our talents and abilities are most needed. For example, modern prophets and apostles have extolled the ability of women to teach, nurture, and comfort, and to be guided by the Holy Ghost. The blessings of the power priesthood are not confined to men, and are instead shared with all of God's children. As a woman in the church, I feel valued, appreciated, and needed, even though I don't hold the priesthood. Show more Show less