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Hi I'm Mandy Wilson

I'm a 19-year-old girl from Grantsville, Utah. I love playing volleyball, laughing, & quoting movies. AND... I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I come from a small town called Grantsville, Utah. Throughout High School, I was very involved in sports and clubs/organizations. I was a member of the volleyball, softball, and Unified Soccer teams. I participated in Student Government as Freshmen Vice President, Sophomore Class Vice President, Student Body Public Relations, and Student Body President. I also was involved in the HOPE Squad (which is a suicide prevention program), National Honor Society (a service club), Key Club (another service club), Escape Club (an outdoor adventure club), and Health Occupation Students of America (a health organization with competitions). Once I graduated, I was sad to move on but had a great opportunity to attend college at Brigham Young University in Provo. I was what they call a "sheltered child" so to move on that first year was a great learning and growing experience for me. I am currently a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and will be serving in the Texas Lubbock Mission.

Why I am a Mormon

Being born into the Church, it was so easy to just go through the motions of the gospel. This routine continued for many years of my life and I was happy with it. I had many friends, a loving family, I was capatain of the volleyball team, and I was accepted by practically everyone in my community. It wasn’t until my junior year of High School that I was able to gain my own testimony. It all started in Seminary (a religion class). The lessons that were taught by my seminary teacher started to affect my life. At this time in my life I was happy but I obviously struggled with weaknesses. These humbling circumstances coupled with this teacher, who taught with the Spirit, were the key to gaining my own testimony because of the challenge to take action. My desire to align my actions with the things that I knew to be true started to grow. Slowly throughout the semester, because I was acting on my promptings from the Spirit, I started noticing a difference in my life. Now the gospel wasn't just words on a paper, but it became a culture—a way of life. I began to pick the front rows of class to learn. I rid myself of any distractions. The music I listened to started to be more uplifting. I started consistently praying and regularly studying my scriptures, and the biggest affect was from the journal that I began keeping, where I recorded the inspiration I received every day. I started noticing God's hand in my life daily. The Spirit stayed with me a lot better throughout the week as my thoughts were constantly turning to Him. I always felt loved, and in return I was more compassionate toward other people. Most importantly, I gained a knowledge of my divinity and my purpose here on the earth. Attending church wasn’t an obligation anymore—it was an opportunity. Before, I had thought I was happy. Now I understand a whole new level of happiness. I'm a Mormon, not because my parents make me. I'm a Mormon because I know that by living the teachings, my life has been changed forever.

How I live my faith

There are a few callings I've held in the church, such as class presidents and a class counselor, where I've been involved in meetings, planned new activities for the youth. I've been on a committee to help organize and plan Youth Conference, which is a few days where the youth get together and are involved in service projects, fun activities, and opportunities to grow closer to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. While holding callings in the church are an important part of building God's kingdom I also live my faith by getting to know other people or just by smiling at strangers. This, though small and simple, can have such a great impact in another person's life. I am also living my faith by going out and serving a mission. What better way to live my faith than to go out and actually be able to teach it to others? I am so excited to share something that brings me such great happiness with the people of Texas!