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Hi I'm Hayley Burton

I'm North Carolina grown, the youngest of 8 kids, a hot air balloon crash survivor and a struggling college student. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

In no particular order, I am: A writer. An artist. A traveler. An adventurer. A photographer. A people lover. Intrigued by learning. A nature lover. A born and raised beach bum. A friend. A professional day dreamer. A part-time hippie. A humanitarian. Not scared to start a conversation in an elevator. A chocolate enthusiast. A sociologist. A girl with goals. A pianist. A God lover. A little sister. An aunt. A daughter and step-daughter. A sister-in-law. Recent college graduate. Future-missionary. Not as funny as I like to think I am. Slightly crazy. Mostly sweet. Striving to be better. Human.

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I a Mormon? That is quite the question. The short answer is because I believe in the principals taught by the Mormon church. The long answer starts back somewhere around the time I graduated from diapers and goes until this very day, and all days to come. I am a Mormon because when I was 8 years old and lost my wallet I prayed and a voice told me where to find it. I am Mormon because when I was a teenager questioning my faith and struggling with my identity, I found it in Christ. I am a Mormon because in college I saw the difference in my life during the times I was living by Mormon teachings and the times I was not. I am a Mormon because of years of experiences and testimony builders that have witnessed to me that this gospel is true and it is where I need to be and how I can become my best self. Growing up, I was terrified that I was only Mormon because I was raised to be. Now, I know I am not a Mormon because my mother taught me to be, but because I believe the things my mother taught me for myself. If you would like to know more of my story and how I came to believe and know the things that I do, all you have to do is ask.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith in every aspect of my life. That means when I am at home, while I am at school, church, hanging out with friends, at work, alone or just standing in line at the grocery store I try to represent the things I believe. I hope to not just be a Sunday-Christian. Sometimes living my faith means holding the door open for the person coming in behind me, other times it's more formal such as teaching a class in church. Living my faith has proved over the years to not always be easy, but always worth it.