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Hi I'm Colleen

I'm a student, I'm a world traveler, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently a college student aspiring to be a high school Spanish teacher. I have the travel bug and I want to go to as many places as possible. In high school I traveled with FFA for national competitions with in the US and my family always took regular trips to Canada. Upon entering college I immediately signed up for a study abroad in Mexico and I am currently preparing for a trip to Guatemala where I will be translating for doctors in a rural mountain town. I love a good adventure in a foreign place. The music bug has also stricken me and I have been to hundreds of concerts. There are few things better than sharing good music with great friends! :)

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of a friend. I'm a relatively shy person and would never have pursued speaking to anyone about the church without the encouragement of this person, even thought around this time, for the first time in my life, I had been considering going to a church. I never told my friend this. One day he encouraged me to meet with the missionaries while I was visiting home from college one weekend. I met with this gentlemen and afterwards they gave a closing prayer in which they asked for safe travels as I went back to school. That stuck out with for some reason and now I will stay with my forever. While I was driving back the next day the weather was nice and sunny and I was debating if I really wanted to go to church or not. All of a sudden, like Oregon often does, the weather rapidly changed and next thing I knew my car was spinning across the freeway, with all my textbooks in the passenger seat flying around and hitting me with each spin. I clearly remember spinning into the fast lane and seeing a semi truck heading toward me, head-on. Thankfully I continued to spin and miss it, but then the metal guard railing was my next obstacle and I thought that was it or at least a massive trip to the hospital. My car's front end collided with it while still spinning but the hit knocked me back into the slow lane going straight forward like nothing had ever happened. I pulled over on the side of the road and the only damage was a bent license plate and a scrapped bumper. Moments later other cars began to come around the same corner of the interstate and do the same thing but they were totaled and the drivers left in ambulances. There were over 30 accidents that day. I sat back down in my car and cried. A voice told me I had to go to church. There is no doubt in my mind of the blessings this gospel can bring into the lives of everyone. This story was just the first step in my conversion and continually my testimony is strengthened. This is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by attending sacrament meetings every Sunday, reading the scriptures daily, serving in my callings, sharing the gospel, and giving myself for service to others. My favorite calling is on the activities committee. Here I get to plan weekly events, such as game or movie nights, as well as regular service projects our ward can do together in our community as a whole. Some projects we've done include can food drives, care packages for foster children and we're in the process of putting together a cemetery clean up day.

What is faith?

Colleen
In high school I was member of FFA, an agricultural group. One thing I did in FFA was enter into the creed speaking competition and from this I began to learn what faith truly means. The FFA creed, by E.M. Tiffany, begins like this, "I believe in the future of agriculture, with a faith born not of words but of deeds - achievements won by the present and past generations of agriculturists; in the promise of better days through better ways, even as the better things we now enjoy have come to us from the struggles of former years." To me faith means acting upon your beliefs, even if times are tough because, if you have faith, then you know things will become better through your works. Also, if you truly have faith in something, you believe in it so much, then why would you not act upon that? Faith in Jesus Christ, to me, means acting upon it by following the commandments and being His disciple, or in other words following His example. I do this by regularly attending church services, actively participating in my callings, and sharing the joy the gospel has brought into my life. Show more Show less