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Hi I'm Aabbee

I am a daughter, a missionary, a university student, and a friend. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently preparing to be a full-time missionary in Lima, Peru for 1.5 years. I will need to learn Spanish and though that fact is intimidating, I am very excited for the opportunity to serve God with what seems to be such a rich culture of people in this world. I just returned from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah having completed my first year of college. I absolutely loved learning in such a happy, competitive environment. Yes, those two characteristics can work together. :) I grew up in Washington state and come from a large family - I am right smack in the middle of eleven children. My siblings are my best friends and I love to play sports, sing, and joke around with them. My parents have been shining examples to me all throughout my life and I hope to be as righteous as they are when I raise my future family.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a family who followed the Mormon religion. I loved to read stories in the Book of Mormon, to sing with other children at church, and to have Family Home Evening which is time set aside each Monday night to have fun activities, gospel lessons, and to pray as a family. My family always prayed together in the morning and night as well as before each meal. When I was about 10 years old, I knelt down by my bed like I normally did, but this time, I asked if God heard me praying. I asked if there was a god that even existed to hear me praying or if I had just been talking to myself all along. Since I had seen the good that comes from following "God" in my family's life and the lives of those at church, I thought He was probably real, but I needed to know by asking if this was true in prayer. My answer did not come the first night or the second, but it did come. As I obeyed the commandments that my parents taught me to obey, my faith increased. I saw the blessings of happiness and peace that came from trying to be my very best. When I continued to pray, I felt peace and warmth from the Holy Spirit. As I learned more and read the Book of Mormon, I wanted to know if that book was from God and if Joseph Smith was a prophet called of God like Noah, Abraham, and Isaiah in the Bible. I prayed to the God that I had prayed to all of my life and I felt that same warm and peaceful feeling from the Holy Spirit that I had felt when I prayed to know if God existed. Since then, my life has not been easy, but I have made it through because God has helped me. When no one else could calm my aching heart, Jesus Christ could because He knows exactly what I feel. Through His infinite atonement, I can be forgiven when I choose to do wrong and be given strength to keep moving forward each day. I know I am a child of God and how I can return to God after I die. God loves me. It is all about finding happiness, true and eternal happiness, that only comes through following God.

How I live my faith

I attended a student congregation at BYU. While I was going to school, I accepted the responsibility to coordinate a compassionate service committee. This committee worked to serve those in our congregation who were in need. Here is an example: At the beginning of our first semester, some students struggled with missing home and not really meshing with the college life yet. In those cases, I would encourage the committee members to pray about how they could help those who were struggling with that. After doing so, they acted on what they thought would be most helpful. Dozens of cookies were made throughout the year, thoughtful notes were written, visits were made, and love was expressed. I grew to see the real struggles my fellow students had. As I worked to schedule projects, improve how the committee worked, and as I prayed for members of my congregation, I felt the love that God has for each individual. Serving was no burden amid my busy college schedule when I felt the love that Heavenly Father has for each of His children.