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Hi I'm Gina Henrie

I'm an artist, an athlete, and bits of a million other things. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and I will be serving in Mendoza, Argentina. My family moved to Utah when I left for college (BYU), but I claim to be from Virginia, where I spent the six years leading up to graduation. I love sports to a fault, both as far as participating and spectating. But, I also love art. I've been drawing since before I can remember and found passion both for oil painting and sculpting/pottery in the last five years. More than anything, though, I love people. I often think about just how many of us there are and how we each have our own lives and memories, and it blows me away every time. I love to make friends and learn about the people around me. Everyone. At the same time, I'm an introvert, so even though I meet a lot of people, and I'm definitely outgoing, it is difficult for me to make deep connections with people. But, the ones I have mean everything to me. I've had a long journey getting to know myself, and even though I grew up in the church, I was truly converted at fourteen. Once I created a deep connection with my Savior, I learned to be happy, and it has gotten me through every hard time since.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a logical thinker. I always look for paths of reason so that I can understand something, whether that be a new chemistry equation, a problem with another person, or my own faith. I know that when I pray to my Heavenly Father to know if the Book of Mormon is true, I can feel the truth of it in my heart. It's a different feeling than anything else, so I know it isn't false emotion, indigestion, or what-have-you. So, if there is a God, then the Book of Mormon is His word, and thus, Joseph Smith, with all his humanness, was a prophet, and this truly is the true church of Jesus Christ on the Earth today. Now, is there a God? Yes. Otherwise, nature would be far more... natural. The untamed state of the universe is continuously pulling towards chaos. On an atomic level, it is measured as "entropy." And, entropy is always growing. And yet, stars are ordered into galaxies, planets into solar systems, abiotic and biotic material into ecosystems, cells into organisms, atoms into cells, so how can all of this even exist without a Creator? Without a Plan? It wouldn't make sense. I testify that there is a Plan, for every speck of dust, every ant, every son and daughter of God. There is a Heavenly Father who loves each one of us. There is a Savior who lived, suffered, and died so that we could fulfill our divine potential as children of the same Father. And, if you ask in faith, with pure intent, there is a Holy Spirit who will confirm to you the same thing that was confirmed to me: that the Book of Mormon is the Word of God, a companion to the Bible, another Testament of Jesus Christ. Act on this knowledge in faith, and joy will follow. My life is a testimony of that.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by loving the people around me. I strive to be available to anyone needing a helping hand, and I try to find the balance between avoiding gossip and learning important information about someone who may need a friend. I actively avoid close-mindedness and intolerance, but I still seek to live the standards I have set for myself and that the Lord expects of me. I am going to serve a mission soon where my entire purpose will be to lead others to Christ, and I believe that the only viable way to do that is to work to be like He is and love like He does.