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Hi I'm Hailey

I grew up in Utah. I'm an aspiring author. I'm currently preparing for a mission in North Carolina, Charlotte mission.

About Me

I was born and raised in the Church so I have been blessed to have the Gospel my whole life. Ever since I was young, I've wanted to serve a full time mission. Now I have been called to serve in North Carolina, Charlotte. And I'm excited for the adventure that awaits. I am a huge book worm. Even as a child, I loved to read. I love to read about fantasy heros and imagine living in their world. I also love to write. In fifth grade I found that writing came naturally to me. So now I create my own worlds for people to explore. I have already written a book and hope to publish it after my mission. When I'm not reading or writing, I'm usually jamming out to music. I love a variety of songs such as oldies, anything showtunes, and modern pop. I love to sing and dance along with the beat. Music has been a great influence in my life. When I was in fifth grade, I was part of a school chorus. From there, my love for music and performing only grew. By the time High school rolled around, I was in one of the elite choir groups. I also did a lot of stage performing through out my school years. I discovered I love the theater and participated as much as I could. I hope to be able to do some acting after my mission as well. At this point in my life, the world has a lot of possibilities that I hope to be able to explore.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up the Church, I never really experienced any other religion. However, I always believed it to be true. I was baptized at eight years old like many in our church and have been a frequent church goer ever since I can remember. However, that doesn't mean I don't have a conversion story. Everyone has a conversion story. My own conversion began when I was twelve years old. Like I said before, I had always had a knowledge that this gospel was true, but I had never asked for myself if it was. During the summer before starting junior high, I attended a camp where girls 12-18 came to get away from the world and to better come closer to the Spirit. One of the activities, we read the story of the First Vision where Joseph Smith prayed to God to know the truth of which church to join. We were then asked to go a ways into the woods and pray as Joseph Smith did to ask if the Church was true and if Joseph Smith was a true prophet. As I sat down to pray and began my simple prayer, I felt an overwhelming feeling of comfort. I did not see God or angels. Nor did I hear a great voice telling me the truthfulness. Rather, I felt the Spirit comfort me. I heard him whisper that yes, this church was true. Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God. The Book of Mormon is a testament of Christ. And so I knew. I cannot say that I have seen angels or miracles of plenty. But I do know this Church is the one and only true church. I have never felt more peace than when I asked for myself that fateful summer day. I know without a doubt this Church is His Church. Jesus, my savior, lives. Heavenly Father restored the Gospel through Joseph Smith. Joseph Smith was a living prophet of the Lord. He translated the Book of Mormon. I know that we have a living prophet on the earth today. I sustain him. I know that I can be happy if I follow his commandments and do what is right. He is my light and my rock, ever sturdy and firm. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ Amen

How I live my faith

As I mentioned before, I grew up my whole life in the church. So as I got older, I got to serve in many callings. I obtained several leadership rolls as a teenager such as Secretary and President of my specific class. My calling was to encourage others to come, plan fun and spiritual activities, and give advice to others. After graduating high school, I moved to a Singles ward until I was old enough to put in my papers. When I moved back in, I was called to serve as a teacher to the children of the ward. I taught simple lessons like the creation and why Jesus loves us. In a few short months I will officially be called to serve as a missionary to bring others the truth. I will be serving in the North Carolina Charlotte mission. I look forward to serving the people of North Carolina and hope they're ready for the likes of me ; ).

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Hailey
LDS member are not required to go on missions. It is purely a personal choice that the member makes. For boys, the age is set to 18 years old. However, girls can also choose to go at age 19. I remember at the age of 12 deciding that I wanted to serve a mission. No one told me or expected me to serve. I chose for myself that this was what I wanted to do. A lot of people, even members think that we require young adults to serve missions. Yes, we are encouraged at a young age, especially boys, to concider preparing a mission. However, if your heart is not in the work, then it is better not to go. As a missionary, you are fully committed to the Lord 24/7 for 2 years (or 18 months for girls). This is a big decision that is yours alone to make. It is shown time and time again that those who are forced into serving (whether by community, parents, social pressure, etc) do not receive the fullness of the blessings received on a mission. In conclusion, it still comes down to choice. The mission program is not like an army drafting. What you make with the options handed is up to you. I encourage those that are able to, to strive to serve a mission. A lot a growing up can happen and I believe fully that those who serve with conviction never regret doing so. Show more Show less