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Hi I'm Holly

I'm from Western New York. I love Ben Folds Five, movies, playing piano, and my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up the youngest of five kids. In school, I was in choirs, musicals, and bands. Most of my free periods were spent in the practice rooms playing the piano and singing, writing music, and day dreaming. During my sophomore year of high school I started hanging out with this boy who was two years older than me. Somewhere in the midst of long walks to the grocery store for gummy worms and orange juice and goofing around during youth activities we started to date. We were married two weeks before my nineteenth birthday. We now have two crazy, intelligent, kind-hearted gingers (a boy and a girl) and I recently quit my job as a medical biller to be a full-time mom and to take care of my aging parents. My husband and I enjoy watching movies and TV (in fact, many of our conversations consist of movie quotes which tends to seriously irritate those around us) and going to concerts together. Most of the bands we enjoy are a little more underground, playing at smaller, more intimate venues. Bands like Motion City Soundtrack, Manchester Orchestra, Brand New, The Hold Steady, Cursive and Ben Folds Five. I've been playing the piano since I was 9, so singer/song-writer/piano players tend to attract me most, but mostly I just love good story tellers. Some songs you hear and it's like a puzzle piece clicking into place inside of you, filling some empty space you didn't know existed, and becoming a part of who you are. We spend a lot of time searching for our next puzzle piece.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the LDS church. I was baptized at the age of 8. I was an active participant in the Youth program, held callings, married my husband in the Temple. But there were years after my marriage that I drifted. I struggled with feelings of inadequacy and depression. As I struggled in life, I struggled in the church. I mistakenly thought that I could find happiness outside of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I felt completely overwhelmed by life. How could anyone possibly succeed when there were so many roles to play: daughter, wife, employee, mother, sister, friend, homemaker, Daughter of God? Sometimes it felt easier to drop what I thought was the least essential part of my life- Church. After years of spotty attendance, my feelings of guilt and inadequacy and being overwhelmed only increased. I thought I was simplifying my life- why wasn't it getting easier?? One night, in desperation, I offered up an unintentional prayer... "Where do I begin?" The next morning, while reading, I found my answer. Charity, the pure love of Christ, was where I should begin. Love for God, love for myself, love for others. Through prayer and study I began to understand for the first time in my life why I came here to earth and that I had an individual role to play in Heavenly Father's plan of happiness. I was not inadequate. I was not unnecessary. I was trying so hard to be everything that I forgot my essential role in life- I am a cherished daughter of a loving Heavenly Father who knows me by name and who hears unintentional prayers said into apartment bathroom mirrors at 11:30 at night and who answers those prayers. The understanding of who I truly am, who my spirit is, I got from being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I tried living without it. It didn't work. Maybe if I had never known the truth I could have made it work, but I DID know, and Heavenly Father knew I knew, and there was no denying it, no matter how hard I tried.

How I live my faith

I've held many callings/positions within the church ranging (to name a few) from a Ward Missionary to the Primary Chorister (directing/teaching the songs for kids ages 3-11) to my current calling as a Relief Society teacher for the women in my ward. Each of these callings has taught me something about service, about prayer and inspiration, about the importance of studying the scriptures and really finding out for yourself if the things you are reading about are true or not and how to apply the principles you learn in your life. I also am currently the Choir Pianist and work closely with the Director to find music that will inspire not only the choir but those we sing for, that will evoke the Spirit and make people feel closer to the Savior. This past spring I organized a musical fireside with some of the women in my ward that contained songs telling the stories of Christ's ministry through the perspective of the women with whom He encountered. I believe in the power and influence women have, in their capabilities to touch hearts and save souls. As a teacher in the Relief Society I feel a special responsibility to awaken a sense of empowerment in the women I teach and to show them that, while we are not perfect, we all have something to offer. We were each given talents and characteristics and perspectives that not only make us useful but make us essential to the world. It is our job to motivate and uplift one another as we each journey through life searching for our individual role in Heavenly Father's plan.