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Hi I'm Harmony

I'm a musician, lover of all things entertainment, daughter, friend, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

All my life I've loved the arts. I've been singing for as long as I can remember, and when my sister bought me a guitar for my birthday when I was nine, my life was forever changed. Not long after, I began writing my own songs, and while it's still more of a hobby in my life, it's something that has been very theraputic and good for me. Other people seem to like what I write as well, which is certainly a plus. Over the years I've played a number of instruments including guitar, ukulele, piano, french horn, and trumpet. I've never been able to commit to just one creative outlet though, and I also love to experiment with painting and drawing, as well as acting and dancing. Ultimately I would love to work in the entertainment industry, making films, but why stop there, right? I think I will always continue my creative hobbies regardless of any career I choose. I enjoy listing to music of (almost) all genres, as well as watching (and often being rather critical of) movies. I devour good books, and I'm always open to enjoying new forms of entertainment. Witnessing another person's creativity through any medium is a gift, and it is how I come to know and understand other people. I just love it.

Why I am a Mormon

I never doubted that the church was true. From an early age I felt the confirmaiton of the spirit telling me that what I was taught would in fact bring me close with God and true happiness. It seems strange to say that I never doubted, because sometimes I even tried to doubt. I wanted a view of what else was out there. I wanted to know what brought other people who were not of my faith happiness. So I looked around and observed what other people did, how they lived, and how they viewed the world. The philosophies I learned that seemed to truly make people the happiest were not unfamiliar concepts at all. Every idea about love, and peace, and understanding that was supposed to be new to me, didn't feel new at all. In fact, the only habits and practices that people had that didn't immediately coincide with what I already knew to be true, didn't really mesh with their beliefs either. These were the things such as modesty, chastity, and obedience to the church's guidelines on drinking and using other substances. People who did not share my convictions in these areas often viewed them as restrictive or unnecessary. But I found that by making the personal choice to behave a certain way and not partake in certain substances, only protected me from possible addiction or regret. The church encourages its members to seek all things that are virtuous, lovely, or of good report, (article of faith #13) and that's what I try to do. I don't disregard another person's beliefs simply because it's not "what I was raised believing." I listen to their good intentions and adopt any positive ways of thinking and living. The ideas I adopt from those around me never harm my faith in Jesus Christ or his restored church; they simply allow me to understand God's great plan for us from another perspective. Ultimately, I am a Mormon because I know that this church is truly of Jesus Christ. That truth has been confirmed to me through my studies, and by the Holy Spirit. And I can not deny it.

How I live my faith

As a member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I've had many responsibilities, as all members do. The organization that is in place for the youth of the church gives opportunity for them to organize themselves and their activities quite a bit, as well as look out for one another. When I was in the young women's program I sometimes had the calling of president of a certain class. In this calling, part of my responsibilty was to make sure each of the girls felt welcomed and loved, and that they had a voice in what we did and how things were run. This kind of organization is parallelled throughout all levels of the church. In every facet of the church there are leaders called to preside and ensure the happiness and spiritual well-being of the members.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Of course not! While the organization of the church does create a sort of community within itself, where members are called upon to serve and lift up other members, we are called just as strongly to serve anyone and everyone in need. As a youth I participated in many service projects, whether it was a food/toy/blanket/clothing drive, or an opportunity to repair or beautify a public place, our service went to the benefit of all members of the community, not just the Mormons. We strive to follow Christ's example of service and love, and we do that wherever we see the opportunity. Show more Show less