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Hi I'm Hillary Lake

I'm an aspiring OT from a family of tall blondes. I love avocados, hiking, anything blue. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

How do you summarize a life of joys, experiences, sorrows and laughter in 1500 words or less? Though I am only (recently turned) 23 years old, I've loved the life that I've been given and consider each moment a joyful one. I grew up in Liberty Lake, WA, weaned off of grilled salmon, homemade whole wheat bread and produce from our garden. My Dad always kept a good garden in our backyard - perhaps partially because he liked working outside, but I think it was mostly a way of showing his love for us. I didn't always realize that, especially when that expression of love lead to Saturday's of yard work and weeding, though those Saturdays and homegrown tomatoes are some of the greatest memories of my childhood. Perhaps that's how I would really be able to summarize myself - through my family. You see, they are everything to me. I am the second of 6 kids, born to James and Jenna - 4 girls and 2 boys. At one point in time, I claimed the coveted "tallest-and-therefore-closest-to-heaven" sibling award at a winning height of 5'12", but have since been dethroned by both my youngest brothers, who tower at a new record of 5'16" and 5'14". They're currently 18 and 14, respectively, and love that they are now big enough to pin me and tickle me until I can't breathe anymore. Though I always wiggle and frantically try to tell them to stop, I secretly love it - it makes me fee like they are more than just my brothers, you know? We're not just family, we're friends.

Why I am a Mormon

Becoming a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a choice. Never should anyone force, obligate or convince you to do so unless you first receive your own answer through prayer to your listening Heavenly Father. That is why I am a Mormon - because I lived through my teenage years following the counsels, commandments and guidelines found in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by serving, reading in the scriptures, attending church weekly and praying daily. The time came that I wanted my own answer, so knelt and prayed, trusting that my Heavenly Father really would hear and answer me. As soon as I asked if this Church was His Church, His true and complete Church, I realized that I already knew the answer. I had always known the answer. Where else could I have hoped to find such complete, true and hopeful happiness if not through Christ's complete, true and hopeful gospel? Since then, I have lived true to what I know to be true. I am a Mormon because I know it's true, because I have faith in my Heavenly Father and in myself. I know that Christ has made it possible for me to have happiness and hope in this world, and I know that I can be strong enough to follow the path He has laid, that I may attain it. We all can.

How I live my faith

Before I explain how I live my faith, perhaps I should explain what "my faith" really is. You see, I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I'm hoping you've heard of that name before, or perhaps of the "Mormons". As a member, I believe in a better future - I hope for a better world, and have faith that such a thing is possible through my Savior, Jesus Christ. I didn't mention Him when I was introducing my family, but He is my brother as well - my older brother. I show my faith, or believe, in Him by following the counsel and advice He gives me. Sometimes I don't understand why He asks me to do certain things, or they might be hard to carry out at first - but just because I don't understand doesn't mean I don't believe. I trust in Him completely, and know that as long as I continue on the path He has directed, everything will be okay. Over the past 23 years, that path has led me over 3 different continents and 2 different schools as I have sought to serve him by volunteering as an English teacher, an LDS missionary and as a continuing student at BYU. And though I have had to sacrifice alot of things through these years of service, I understand that from an eternal perspective, the blessings obtained by sacrifice are far greater than anything I could ever give up.