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Hi I'm Holly

I'm accident prone, but that just makes for good stories around the campfire. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Adventuring with friends and laughing until I cry are two of my favorite things. I've worked as a sandwich maker for almost two years, so I guess you could say that I was a professional sandwich maker. So far, I've attended one year of college and I have enjoyed every minute of it. I like meeting new people and making new friends because I believe that everyone's life story is a story worth knowing, and I appreciate when people tell me theirs. Though I love adventuring and trying new things, I also value time spent relaxing and simply doing nothing because there's definitely a balance in all things.

Why I am a Mormon

Though I was born into the church, my heart was never truly converted until I was older. I believed that the church was true simply because my parents, church leaders, and friends believed that it was true. It wasn't until my first year at college, when I lived on my own for the first time, that I made an effort to gain a stronger testimony and know for myself if this church is true. I began by attending the LDS institute classes that were offered. I learned more about church history, scripture stories, and lessons from the prophets. Then I decided to read the Book of Mormon all the way through, for the first time. It was hard at first, trying to continue reading without quitting as I had in the past. Eventually, my attitude changed. Suddenly I was more excited to attend institute, go to church, and I looked forward to reading the scriptures. My testimony didn't come all at once. It came slowly, like how the sun rises over the horizon. Slowly I began to see the light of the gospel, slowly I began to understand why so many people believed with all their hearts that this gospel was true. Slowly, but surely, I began to know about the truth and validity of this gospel. Though I had grown up with the knowledge of the church being taught to me I didn't understand and gain a testimony until I worked for it. I am a Mormon because I now know the light and happiness my testimony and the gospel gives me and I wouldn't trade that for anything.

How I live my faith

I've been in the Mormon church my whole life and during that time I've served in several callings. One of those callings was a Stake Youth Leader, meaning I and others chosen from different wards would plan and direct activities aimed at the other youth in our ward. When I was in the Young Women's program (an organization that girls ages 12 to 18 participate in) I took part in multiple service projects and acts of charities. Currently, I've been called to serve a mission in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I could not be more excited to share the gospel with the good people of Minnesota!

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Holly
It's taught in the church that men and women are equal partners. Though men hold the priesthood and women do not, this does not mean that either gender is superior. Women simply have different responsibilities duties within the church than men. Mormon women also have leadership positions in the church, such as offices in the Relief Society (the LDS women's' program) and the Primary (a program for children under 12). Men and women are equal, just not the same. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Holly
Often times people who don't know a lot about the Mormon church might be under the impression that we worship Joseph Smith because he's mentioned and talked about so much. Though it might be a common mistake that anyone could make, it's simply not true. Joseph Smith was the prophet that restored the true gospel here on the earth today as well as translated the Book of Mormon. We esteem him for doing such a marvelous work, but we do not worship him. We worship God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. Show more Show less