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Hi I'm Abby

I'm a college student athlete. Good books, movies, and music are my passion. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm from a smaller town in Michigan, but I want to see and understand the world from all different perspectives. I've always loved sports and have the opportunity to play rugby for my university. I study Interdisciplinary Humanities (English, art, theater, music, philosophy, history) with an emphasis in English and a minor in Editing. I LOVE what I study because it makes me look beyond myself in order to understand the complex beauty of all peoples, times, and places through all these different forms. My favorite place in the world is the cottage, lakes, and forests my family owns in Northern Michigan where I am free to roam and relax, away from the bustle of my normal life. I also love music and listen to almost any genre you can think of, and I play the piano as well.

Why I am a Mormon

I always knew there was a God and I never really questioned the existence of Jesus Christ, but even for a lifetime member there is a point where you have to find out the truth for yourself. Even people like me who were born in the Church have to be converted. For me, this happened when I was 11-years old and I was having a hard time at school with a teacher. I was having a major pity-party when I thought that I should pray about it. This prayer was the first time I asked if God was there or if He loved me, and I received an answer I will never forget. Through the Holy Ghost, I knew that what I had been taught was true. Later, when I read the Book of Mormon cover to cover I felt the same testimony burn within me. As I've continued to grow in my knowledge and experience in the gospel, my love and testimony of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ has also grown into the desire to share this joy and happiness with others. This is the reason for my decision to serve the teach the people of El Salvador for 18 months. After the many answered prayers, the Atonement working in my life, the testimony of scripture and modern prophets, and other miracles, I could not deny the truthfulness of the gospel and this Church. That is why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I've been a Latter-Day Saint since I was born so my family and I were always very involved. Playing the piano was always useful as I was able to accompany the choir and eventually I became the pianist/organist for my ward's Sunday service. I also held leadership positions in the Young Women's program (a program for 12-17 year-old girls). While in college, I've organized service projects and have been in charge of the special musical numbers for Sunday services. I now am preparing to leave for a 18-month mission in El Salvador.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

In my opinion, the falsehood concerning the existence of sexism in the Church is one of the saddest misconceptions because of the importance of the issue and because of how untrue it is. Yes, Mormons do believe in equality of men and women. Women and men are equally valued and utilized in the Church, but this does not mean that men and women do the same things. Men hold the Priesthood which gives them different (not superior) responsibilities. They lose the privilege of this responsibility or this power when they practice unrighteous dominion or abuse in any way. Women have equal accessibility to the blessings of the priesthood as well as their own responsibilities within the Church and families. Mormon women are empowered with the knowledge that they have unique qualities and divine gifts which can help carry out the functions of the Church and of eternal families. Men and women come together with their different responsibilities and talents in an equal partnership. Show more Show less