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Hi I'm Mandy

I grew up in Orem, Utah. I love the mountains and being outdoors. My friends and my mom are my life. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My parents are divorced. I have 2 sisters and 1 brother, but only grew up with the one sister. They're all 9 years older then me, so currently it's just my mom and I at home. I play soccer and when I grow up I'd like to be a Professional Soccer Player/Mediator. I also like to sing, write, dance, run, bike, hike, and do just about anything athletic wise (even if I'm not good at it). I'm a blonde, hair color wise, and brain wise. Now that doesn't mean I'm dumb, because I'm not. I just mean I make funny mistakes. I like to think that my prime factor is being hilarious, crazy, and fun. I'm an extrovert, so I love going to church dances and stake activity's. I was raised up in the church, and so was my mom. For the first fourteen years of my life I grew up in Orem, Utah. I moved around 3 different houses, but I always stayed in the same city. Then I moved to Omaha, Nebraska.

Why I am a Mormon

I may have been raised up in the gospel, but that's not why I'm a Mormon. I'm a Mormon because I know that this church is true. I especially know that the Book of Mormon is true. There was a time when I was reading the Book of Mormon, doing my Personal Progress, and Praying, more actively then I had ever done before. I did this for a few weeks. Then we had a stake conference, and I was listening to the talks being given, when I overwhelming felt this amazing, soft, and gigantic rush go over my entire body. The spirit was there most definitely, but not because of the talks. It was then that I had revelation and I knew the Book of Mormon was true and all that was written in it. I knew that this church was true, the prophets were true, and Christ was there. Everything became a pure surety. Another reason is because of the Orem Stake 6th Ward. I was with them for 2 years and the people there were spiritual and inspiring. It was an elderly ward, but it was a good ward. It wasn't boring, it was loving, caring, and just the perfect place to be. When I first moved there I had a hard time, but within a year things were better and they became my family. The youth there were united and loved one another. We would be in the streets playing games and hanging out. In Sunday School we would bounce off of another talking about the subject and putting in what we thought. I will forever remember my experience there, and I will always keep it in mind when going through a rough patch. The 6th ward existed, and there are more of them out there. And that, is why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I wouldn't say it's ever hard for me to live my faith, but it is painful. Now a days I hate the place I live, because in a way, I'm all alone. If I left (being here for a year) only one family would care. I love everyone I've met, but the sad truth is, I'm not a big factor in any of their lives. I'm barely even a small factor. It makes feel like a floating figure, ignored, sad, and alone. So I try to read my scriptures everyday. I'm reading all of the Book of Mormon for the first time and I'm almost done. When I began reading this I didn't truly invest myself in finding the small things. Now I'm highlighting, underlining, annotating, and pondering what I've read. I've fallen in love with the Book of Mormon and it truly is amazing. Another thing I love to do is right in my journal. It's something that we're suggested to do and I love doing it. Being the "author" I am, writing in my journal is kind of like creating a draft to my autobiography. The lessons given to me about writing in my journal have been a gift from God, because they have persuaded me to do so. I pray every night, and I'm trying to remember to pray in the mornings too. I love giving service and if you present the opportunity to me I will snatch it up in a second. I love God and I know that he loves me. I love everyone around me, and I hope they know it. I'm always trying to show it. In fact, I love meeting people. Everyone's different and that is something that really intrigues me.

What is being a Mormon like?

Being a "Mormon" is joyful. You're connected to your family, and church helps keep contention out of the home. The gospel brings about joy and having that knowledge is uplifting. I would say it's hard to be a "Mormon", but really because I am I can carry on and keep strong. I have God and the Book of Mormon to strengthen me. It is one of the truest reasons as to why I keep going through challenges, instead of just giving up. Knowing that I'm in the right place in this world is enlightening, and it makes me happy. Show more Show less