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Hi I'm Rayanne Matlock

I am a Political Science/Pre-Law major at BYU. I love to hike, run and sew, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 19 years old and a junior at Brigham Young University, where I study Political Science and I'm a law school hopeful. I LOVE the outdoors-hiking, biking, swimming, running, and sand volleyball are a few of my favorite activities. Sewing and baking are two of my hobbies, the latter of which I like to think I acquired from my mother. I am the oldest of four children and have always been dedicated to being an example to them. My parents were inactive when they met, but shortly after my mother had me, they were sealed in the temple. They have done their best to raise me in hopes that I would choose the right path. My main goal in life has always been to please my parents and my Heavenly Father. While I am not perfect, it is always something I strive for.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church, but I still consider myself a convert. Even though I attended my church meetings every Sunday with my family, I still had to figure out for myself if I really knew that this is the true Church and if so, how and why I knew it to be true. I feel like I have always had a testimony, but I never embraced it and tried to strengthen it until I started attending school at Brigham Young University. I am a Mormon because the Church brings me joy, happiness, strength, and purpose. It is because of the Church and my faith that I know who I am and whose I am. I know that Heavenly Father loves each and every one of us. I know that the Savior, Jesus Christ suffered and died to make the Atonement possible. I know that through the Atonement, our transgressions can be forgiven, our heavy yolks made lighter, and our world can be a little brighter. I know the Book of Mormon to be the Word of God, and that it was written for us today. I know that we have prophets here on earth who will never lead us astray. I know that prayer is a direct communication with God and that He hears us. I know these things because I have felt it, and never have I been able to feel this way about anything else before. These feelings, the warmth in my heart, is a confirmation to me of the truthfulness of this Gospel. I am so thankful that it has been a part of my life. I am thankful for my testimony and for the guidance it provides in every decision that I make.

How I live my faith

I absolutely LOVE service. Whenever there is an opportunity to serve, I am there to do it. Helping people is something I have always enjoyed doing. When ye are in the service of your fellow beings, ye are in the service of your God. That phrase rings so true to me. I try to live my faith by acting Christlike, and service and compassion are two qualities that closely resemble Christ. I am a leader over the women in my Young Single Adults ward in Provo, and it has honestly been the best opportunity to serve those women. I am always thinking about them and the ways that I can help them. It has truly been a blessing to me and I have been able to learn and grow from it. It's definitely a humbling experience, being able to serve others. I love the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and I want to show it through my actions.