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Hi I'm Haley

I was born and raised in Georgia. I am currently getting ready to serve a mission in Bakersfield, California. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have eight people in my family. I have three brothers and two sisters. I just recently finished my first year of college and have been working as a waitress in a nearby restaurant. I love to read, and I love to go and buy new books often. I really enjoy spending time with my friends and family. I love the summer time and I love being outside. I love to go running. My family and I go boating often and we also love to have movie nights. I'm currently working towards an Early Childhood Education major, but like all college students, I may change my mind a few times before finding the right major. In a week, I will will be leaving to serve a mission in California. I love this gospel and I enjoy every minute that I spend reading and studying the scriptures and other gospel doctrines. I enjoy attending my Young Single Adult branch and fulfilling my responsibilities in my calling. I love spending time being around a lot of people and I love listening to and helping others. I love the happiness and complete joy that this church has brought into my life, and I can't wait to bring that same knowledge of truth and happiness to others while on my mission and even after that.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I grew up as a member of the church, we all must go through our own conversion process, where we come to know that what we have been taught about the gospel is true. Recently, I had my own conversion. I was having a hard time as I experienced a lot of change in my life. The loss of a best friend. The transition from high school to college. Switching jobs. My two older brothers (my best friends) both moved out within a month of each other. The transition from my home ward to a young single adult branch where I didn't know anybody. Needless to say, I felt like my entire life was flipping upside down. I struggled to find something in my life that wasn't changing, something that I could hold on too that would stay constant. Because I was so focused on everything that was changing, I couldn't seem to find anything that was actually constant. I became depressed and unhappy. Later, I met a set of missionaries whose light and joy radiated from them. I wanted to know why they were so happy and how they carried the light of Christ in their countenance. Eventually I sat down and talked with them. I told them about all the change in my life, and that although I grew up in the church, I didn't really have faith or testimony of the gospel for myself. They listened to me and encouraged me to start praying and reading my scriptures again. And because of my desire to change and my desire to find happiness, I did what the missionaries asked me to do. That same night I went home and opened up my scriptures. I knelt down on my knees and said a personal prayer for the first time in over a year. And I knew my Heavenly Father was listening. I felt his love, and I felt his comforting arms around me as I came back to the straight and narrow path that is ever leading back home. I know without a doubt that my Savior lives and loves each and every one of us individually. I know that he made the greatest sacrifice of all mankind so that we may one day return to live with Him again.

How I live my faith

Currently I am attending a Young Single Adult branch. I having been serving as the Relief Society President for about seven months now. I help teach all the sisters in my branch, and I contact all the girls often to see how they are doing and if there is anything I can do to help them. In a week, I will be called as a full time missionary. I will have the opportunity to go out and serve and invite others to come unto Christ. I will be sharing the gospel and bringing the same joy that this church has brought me and I will be helping others feel that same exact joy. This gospel is true, and as I serve a mission, I am showing that same willingness that I did when I was baptized to take upon myself Christ's name and always remember Him. And I will be expressing my Saviors love to all as I share the gospel that I know to be true.