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Hi I'm Haley

I grew up in Utah; I've been a member of the church my whole life, but I haven't been converted until recently. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Utah, and I'm big into the outdoors. Running and playing soccer are two of my favorite things to do! Every year me and my family go up to Canada for a few weeks to backpack and camp, and I absolutely love it. Music is a big part of who I am too, and I'll learn any instrument I can get my hands on! I LOVE Lord of the Rings, and am an avid movie-goer. I also love love love to read, and my favorite books range from "The Nature of the Universe" to "Midnight Circus". I could no sooner pick a single favorite book than I could a favorite child. (That is, if I actually had children). My favorite foods are anything; depending on what emotional state I'm in, it can vary. My favorite type of food is Indian or Thai, and I love anything spicy and new. I'm a struggling college student, without direction. I'm interested in too many different things to declare only 1 as my major, but I'm excited to keep learning. And I'm sure I'll figure it out at some point!

Why I am a Mormon

I think that sometimes people assume that if you've grown up in the gospel, it makes it easier to live it. And while it is true that I'll never have to experience a lot of the trials others have to endure, living the gospel isn't easy for anyone. Even though I've been a member my whole life, I haven't always been converted to the gospel. In fact, my conversion is fairly recent. When I went off to college, it was the first time I had been away from my family for any extended amount of time. I no longer had anyone else's testimonies or faith to lean on. No one was MAKING me go to church or read my scriptures, so my mind was automatically thinking of a million and two reasons I didn't need to do those things anymore. So I didn't. The foundation I thought I had crumbled and everything I once knew was gone. And let me tell you, I felt the difference. I was sad. All the time. And I desperately wanted to be happy; so, since doing what I had been doing didn't seem to be working, the only logical conclusion was that I needed to change. By struggling and working hard, (really hard), I was able to build my faith up from ground zero. And once I did, life was good. And I saw more good in the world and in the people around me. So don't think for a second think that I'm a member of this church because I'm "band-wagoning" or have somehow been tricked into belief. I choose this gospel. Every single day. I am a mormon because I want to be.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to live my life in a way that shows others what I believe. Even when I do simple things like abstaining from drinking coffee or tea, and dressing modestly, I am living my faith. I'm also living my faith by serving an LDS Mission. I leave in August, and I'm incredibly nervous. Don't get me wrong, I'm also insanely excited, but it does take an active effort to maintain my resolve to go. But this gospel has changed me, and made me happy...how could I not share it? I don't see a way for me to know what I know, and then sit aside as others pass me by. I NEED to live my faith by serving a mission. I wouldn't put my life on hold to go live in Argentina for a year and a half if I didn't know how important it is. LIVIN' MY FAITH FOR 18 MONTHS STRAIGHT. (then for the rest of my life.)