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Hi I'm Abby

I grew up in the Midwest. I volunteer painting murals for children's hospitals, and I love to play the piano. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints serving in Macon, Georgia. I love the smell of rain and the taste of chocolate and mint. I am an avid reader, devouring books by Steinbeck and Dickens. I love my family and am the eldest of six. We are a loud bunch, but in the crazy chaos I find the peace of my eternal family being together forever. I love to draw and paint, and you would most often find me with my sketchbook in hand and a pencil in my hair. Biking on my pink cruiser affectionately called "Ol' Bessie" by my friends brings me closer to nature and my ideal blood pressure. I love laughing at corny jokes and being with those that I love.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been blessed with parents who have taught me the gospel of the Church of Jesus Christ from infancy. That is not to say that I was indoctrinated or forced to believe because my parents believed. Instead, I was able to find out for myself whether or not the gospel, its message, and its principles were the truth and the way that leads to happiness. I have prayed and studied the scriptures, searching and pondering whether the Book of Mormon is the word of God. I can say now with all the firmness of my soul and words that I know without any doubts that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, revealed in modern day to the prophet Joseph Smith through the visitation of very real angels. I know that Heavenly Father sent His Son Jesus Christ to redeem the world so that His plan could be carried out, a plan of happiness that through His infinite wisdom and care He has revealed to His servants in latter days. I know that the Prophet and President of our Church today is President Thomas S. Monson, who leads through the power and grace of God. I use the word "know" in its truest sense: I have no lingering doubts, no inconsistencies in thought, and no hesitation in my testimony of the Savior. He lives! And because He lives, I can, through the power and grace of the Atonement, become clean and whole again, able to enter my Heavenly Father's presence once more, and able to dwell there with my family forever. I love this gospel because of the happiness that it brings me, the pure and intense joy that comes from living in the way that pleases my Father in heaven. I know it, I live it, and I have learned that I love it!

How I live my faith

I get the opportunity to talk about my beliefs with my coworkers all the time, bearing my testimony in small moments of truth that anchor me to a steady foundation. I also am the chorister in my ward, leading the music in our main meeting, or sacrament meeting. I get to pick the music that the congregation will sing and that the organist will play, and I pray to know which hymns will best fit the feeling or theme of the messages being taught. I love getting to sing and lead the ward members in singing because it brings the calming feeling of the Spirit that can confirm that the gospel is true.