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Hi I'm Mattie Mortensen

I've lived in Utah since I was four. I love to write, paint and listen to music. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have grown up in Utah, but I was originally born in Portland, Oregon, and lived in Camas, Washington until I was four. This beautiful area has always had a special place in my heart. When I received my mission call to the Washington Vancouver mission I was elated. I can not wait to serve in this place that means so much to my family. I am currently going to school and majoring in English and Journalism. I love to write, read, paint and bake. I enjoy learning new things and sharing them with others. I am the oldest child in my family, and although my siblings and I still drive each other crazy, I am grateful for the relationships I have with them. The older I get, the more I realize that family is everything and I look forward to returning from my mission and finding someone to begin a family with. If I had to pick a favorite pass time, it would be talking. I love people and forming relationships. I treasure friendships and long conversation. I like learning from others, and as I mentioned before, sharing with them what I have learned.

Why I am a Mormon

I've been blessed with many things in my life, but being born into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is one of the greatest blessings I have. Although my parents took my siblings and I to church each week, I still had to learn for myself that the gospel is true. Through many many small moments of light and peace, I have gained testimony of my own. However, it is still growing and I am still working to become the best I can. Being a member does not make my life easier, or prevent me from facing trials. It does, however, give me the tools I need when I walk down difficult paths. My conversion does not revolve around one earth shattering moment. Instead it is built upon daily moments where Heavenly Father shows me I am doing the right things and that He really does love me. When I was 16, my mom died. This moment was devastating to me, but because of prayer and the principle of forever families, I have been able to feel her near and know that someday I know I will see her again. Loosing her hurts so much, and I can not imagine how magnified the pain would be if I didn't know that families are forever. I don't understand why Heavenly Father took her, but I am working to live worthily to be able to see her again. I know if I do the right things, someday, Heavenly Father will make it okay. I also know that when I trust Him, He never leaves me alone.

How I live my faith

I live my faith in many ways, and I think the most powerful and life changing ones are the simple ones. I try to write in my journal everyday, and I find that this habit let's God speak to me and teach me what I need to know. When I reflect on my day, I suddenly see how insignificant moments are actually part of a bigger plan. I try to visit the temple as much as I can, to preform proxy ordinances for the the dead. Because the temple is set apart from the word, I find peace there I can not find any where else. Stepping a way from the world gives me a glimpse of what heaven is like and it helps me stay on the right path. Now that I am at college, I am able to attend religion classes through the church. I love these classes that help me build on my spiritual knowledge and prepare me to face challenges. I also love meeting other young adults who are of my faith. It is wonderful to know that I can be supported by so many others who want to follow Christ. I have always tried to let Heavenly Father use my hands to make a difference. I know that service is the building block to all good things. Because I love to write, I try to write notes to people as a simple form of service. I want them to know how loved and important they are. "The worth of souls is great in the sight of God." Right now I am getting ready to serve a mission. I know it will be hard, but I want everyone to know God loves them and families are forever. We are all His children and should have this knowledge and peace.