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Hi I'm Morgan Nicole Wallace

Born and raised in California. Preparing to serve in the Illinois Chicago West mission. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

About me? Well currently I'm preparing to serve a mission in Illinois. I've looked forward to being a missionary for a long time and I'm so excited to finally serve as a representative of Jesus Christ. All my life I've played one sport or another whether it be soccer, swim, basketball, or water polo. However when I graduated high school I decided that I'd had enough and wanted to spend a little more time with my books, piano, and art work (if you can even call it art). I love my family which consists of my parents, two older sister, two older brothers, one younger brother, my two dogs, and me. My family are my favorite people alive. Music is also one of my favorite things in this world. I listen to it when I clean, when I drive, when I study. I have music for every occasion and as if that wasn't enough I play it as well. I'm an introvert so most of my free time is spent at home. I have a passion for history- all eras- and as such would like to be a history teacher when I grow up. Either that or take my job as a lifeguard one step further and become a nurse. Who knows. I have an intense love of laughing and enjoy rainy days immensely as well.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon member family, baptized at 8, and have been going to church since before I can remember but my true conversion came to be at about 14 years of age. I'd been going through the consequences of some pretty poor choices that I'd made and decided to seek help from my parents and in turn my bishop. I'd been attending Education Week at Brigham Young University as a youth going from class to class truly feeling the spirit in my heart letting me know that if I sought emotional and spiritual healing in the gospel, I would find it. And I did, it was one of the most trying times-emotionally- of my entire life. The gospel helped me come back from such self hatred and helped me feel truly loved again. I've never been one to be touchy feely or to share my story for fear of pity but the gospel healed my heart. Jesus Christ sought me when I was a stranger and was a friend when it felt as if no one was. I've seen the way the truth of this church works in peoples lives. I've seen the healing and the love and the peace it brings to people who have every right to hate and to be angry. Life is one of the hardest things I'll probably ever do. No one has ever promised that it would be easy, and it's not, it's a constant struggle but the benefits, the blessings, far outweigh the negatives, especially in the gospel. I'm a Mormon because I know the church is true. Every time I find a question or a doubt that would make me believe otherwise I'm always reassured, every time. I know it's true through the Holy Ghost and through the Book of Mormon. I'm a Mormon because Christ promises us answers if we only but seek out the truth. I've done that for myself and I know anyone who seeks to do the same with a pure heart and good intent can as well.

How I live my faith

For me I've always believed very strongly in the scripture story about the kid who asks Jesus what the greatest commandment is. Jesus then tells him that the first greatest is to love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, might, mind, and strength. The second is to love thy neighbor as thyself. I'm gonna focus on the second greatest commandment: love thy neighbor as thyself. Two point I'd like to make is first that to love thy neighbor as thyself you must first actually love yourself, funny huh? The Lord has created you, knows every dark pit and bright spot on your soul that you could possibly have, and you are beautiful to Him. There is no REAL reason why you could not do the same for yourself. Second point is that loving EVERYONE can get really hard. I struggle with it ALL THE TIME, but doing my best at following this commandment is how I try and live my faith. When I first thought about loving people I thought service, which is correct. Service is a fantastic way to love people, my mistake was in not recognizing that service comes in all forms. Service is me doing the dishes for my mother when she's having a rough day, or feeding the dogs so my sister doesn't have to. The small things can so often mean the most to people. I also live my faith by doing my best to attend regular meetings each Sunday. Three hours can be really, REALLY hard for me and it's quite tempting to pick up and leave after first hour. When I don't, when I stick it out, I'm more grateful for that spirit than I would've been for an early lunch. Lastly I look towards the temple. I can't always be there but when I'm setting my goals to always be worthy, to get sealed there, to do the things the Lord has asked, I feel the spirit as a comfort in my heart.