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Hi I'm Haley

I'm a junior in college who loves traveling, her family, and Jesus Christ. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a junior attending Brigham Young University studying International Relations. I am a sister, daughter, student, and friend. My time is spent studying, working, trying new things, attending the temple, looking for opportunities to serve, and being with my friends and family. I love to travel and explore new places and cultures and learn the history behind them. I was born to two faithful Latter-day Saints, one who was also born into the Church and one who was a convert. They taught me principles of the gospel and about my Heavenly Father and Savior Jesus Christ, sparking my faith and desire to gain a testimony for myself.

Why I am a Mormon

Though I was born to two members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I never felt that its teachings were being pushed on me without my choice. My parents shared their knowledge and testimonies of the gospel purely out of love for me, then gave me a choice whether to believe and act on what they had told me. Even from a very young age, I felt the Holy Ghost confirm their simply-put testimonies that my young brain could understand. They taught me of my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I knew They loved me and I loved them, and I wanted so badly to do what is right to please Them. I grew in my knowledge of the gospel, and because I've acted on faith with a sincere desire to live righteously, my testimony has been deepened and strengthened. I've learned to trust in my Father in Heaven through my challenges, and He has always been there to strengthen me and push me to be more than I could ever be without Him. I want to do everything I can to show my love and gratitude to my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ for all that I am and have the potential to be with Their divine help.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by serving, through both callings I have in the Church as well as small acts of kindness. I have been called to teach the adult women in my ward. I pray for them, invite them to activities, and look for small ways to serve and uplift them. I know the very best way to live our faith is through service, as Jesus Christ served. I try to serve as He did in His ministry, motivated by pure love for those He was serving, not a desire to be seen or appreciated by others. I am uplifted as I follow Christ's example by serving others.

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Haley
As stated in the eighth Article of Faith, "We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly." We believe the Bible was originally written as the word of God, but that it was misinterpreted and mistranslated from the death of Christ until the time of Joseph Smith. Words were changed, both accidentally and deliberately, so that it did not carry the original meaning. We believe the Bible is the word of God and still regard it as scripture as well as use many scriptures as doctrine, but believe it is imperfect because of mistranslations. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Haley
We believe that God is fair and just and will give each of His children the opportunity to hear the message of the gospel. However, many don't get that opportunity in this life, and we believe they will be taught the gospel in the next life. We do proxy baptisms for them so that they have the chance to be saved in the celestial kingdom even though they didn't have the chance to perform the necessary ordinances in this life. We know that agency still applies in the next life, and those we do baptisms for will have the choice whether to accept or reject the ordinances we perform for them. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Haley
Mormons are not at all required to serve a mission. We consider it a tremendous blessing to have the chance to dedicate 18 months to two years of our lives to the Lord. It is a choice. To young men, it is considered a duty to serve a mission, though they are in no way required to go. To young women, it is an opportunity they choose if they feel it is the right thing for them to do. I have chosen to not serve a mission, and I am in no way a second class Latter-day Saint for choosing not to serve. No blessings will be witheld because of my decision. Rather than serving a full-time mission, I will look for service opportunities in my home congregation. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Haley
100% yes. Mormons believe in absolute equality of men and women. Husband and wife are seen as sacred partners that have equal responsibilities in raising their families. In the Church, men and women have different callings, and only men hold the priesthood; however, we see these roles as divinely appointed, and though separate, very much equal. As a Mormon woman, I have never felt less than the men in our Church. I acknowledge that my roles are different from men, yet they are just as important. Their roles are not complete without mine, and mine are not complete without theirs. We must work together to make it back to our Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Haley
Absolutely not! We are taught to love and serve everyone, just as the Savior taught and did. We find countless acts in the New Testament of Jesus Christ helping the sinners and the outcasts. Because all of us are children of God, we strive to help and uplift everyone regardless of religion, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and personal background. The Church has a significant humanitarian effort that relieves suffering worldwide, and a large portion of their relief goes to those who are not members of our Church. We absolutely strive to love and serve everyone. Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

Haley
The Church finances its operations through tithing. God commands us in the scriptures to pay 10% of our increase back to Him, because He is ultimately the source of everything we are given. We pay back 10% in order to show our gratitude and love to Him. Those funds are used to build temples and meetinghouses, finance missionary work, and build the Church worldwide. Show more Show less