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Hi I'm Gabby

I grew up in Cache Valley. I love to play soccer. I am homeschooled. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 18 years old. I am preparing for my mission. I enjoy playing soccer. I am currently taking a Blacksmithing class that has challenge me physically, but has taught me a lot. I LOVE to study just about anything. I love to listen to people, I'm not a big talker, though my nickname says so. I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I enjoy my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I was baptized and confirmed with the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands when I was 8 years old. I never gained a testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ until I prayed and asked God if the Gospel of Jesus Christ was true after reading the Book of Mormon for the first by myself and taking on the challenge given by Moroni (Moroni 10:4-5). I remember kneel down and asking God fervently, in the name of Jesus Christ if the Book of Mormon and the Gospel of Jesus Christ are true. I knew that God would not lie to me, but that He would tell me the truth. I remember that I felt this warm calming feeling come over me. I felt peace and I knew that the Book of Mormon and the Gospel of Jesus Christ is true. Six years later (now 18 years old), I am still a follower of Christ and I am planning on serving a full time mission beginning this year. I know this Gospel is true. I cannot and will not deny the truth of it. I know that our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love everyone of us and wants us to come and live with them again. I know that Jesus Christ came upon the earth and suffered and died for everyone of us, so that we can repent and live with our Heavenly Father again in His presence. I know that the Gospel has brought me, and everyone who has partaken of it, true happiness. And I close my testimony in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

How I live my faith

Because I live away from home, I go to a student ward that have many young adults that are around my age. One thing that I love is that every Sunday night we get together and say a "ward prayer." We talk about events that we will be doing that week or the following month as a ward and then we sing a song, someone shares a spiritual thought, and then we all kneel down in the room and someone who has been asked with say the prayer over the ward for that week. Another way I participate in my ward is I am a Ward Missionary. What we do is once a week we get together, talk and discuss about the Gospel, study our scriptures, which includes the Book of Mormon. Then we go out and visit either members or less actives and bring them an uplifting messaged about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. But my greatest calling is to go Visiting Teaching. I love to go visit teach my sisters. Now they are not my biological sisters, but they are my sisters in the Gospel. I have grown closer to my sisters as I comfort and teach them about the Gospel. I have had experiences of sisters that didn't want me to come teach them or do anything with them. Visiting Teaching is a calling to show our sisters that they are loved by our Heavenly Father by showing them our love for them. I love my sisters that I get to teach and spend time with them. I know that they are Daughters of our Heavenly Father and He loves them. They are so amazing and have taught me so much. I have come closer to Christ because of these wonderful sisters that I get to visit monthly and sometimes weekly.

What is the difference between attending a church and attending a temple?

Gabby
Attending Church is a public place where we can meet, study, discuss and pray about scripture, questions we may have and make our weekly covenant by partaking of the sacrament after we have been baptized by being immersed into the water and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost. The Temple is a more sacred and holy place because it is the House of the Lord. The Temple is where sacred ordinances are made. Only Mormons who obey the commandments of God are allowed to attend the temple and perform these sacred ordinances. The temple is a wonderful place to go to. It is a place where I can feel the presence of God more than I can in the church. But I also love to got to church weekly to partake of the Sacrament. I partake of the Sacrament weekly to tell God that I will keep my covenants that week and repent of the sins I had committed the week before. I also got to Church to understand the scriptures and the doctrines that are taught. By doing so, I have come closer to my Savior and my personal scripture studies have become more meaningful to me. Both the Temple and the Church house are holy places. The Holy Spirit is there and are great places to visit and ponder at. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Gabby
Being a Mormon is great. I have found happiness in it especial since my family is a big part of it. Being a Mormon, you get the opportunity to be Sealed to your family for all eternity, forever. Life doesn't end here, but it is forever after. I will admit that being a Mormon can be hard sometimes. Sometimes you feel like there are all of these rules that you have to follow in order to be perfect, but the thing is...they are not rules. They are commandments from God that instruct us on how we should live our lives. It can be pretty overwhelming sometimes, but we just need to take one step at a time. Work on one commandment at a time till we perfect it the best that we can. Because I am a Mormon I feel that I have a big responsibility to show everyone around me what Mormons are like. Mormons don't have horns. Mormons love to share. But more importantly, Mormons are not perfect. They are human beings just like everyone else, trying to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ the best that they can. I love being a Mormon. I love having the responsibility to be an example and to share the truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I love spending as much time as I can with my family. They are the greatest gift, besides the Atonement of Jesus Christ, that my Heavenly Father has given me and I am so grateful to have them in my life. Show more Show less