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Hi I'm Claire

I'm from Utah, I'm a nerd, and I'm a Mormon

About Me

I was raised by English teachers, which has probably messed me up for life. Some of my best friends are Oscar Wilde (AKA Wild O'Flehertie), William Shakespeare (AKA Billy Shakes), Ursula K LeGuin (AKA Le-Win), JK Rowling (AKA they see me Rowling), and Jane Austen (who is too cool for a nickname). I'm also a college sophomore, but I won't share my major here because it has already changed three times, and is bound to change again.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because the Gospel makes sense to me, and it proves that God loves me. My parents were never preachy. They took us to church, and we knew they had a testimony, but they never forced the Gospel on us. They let us choose for ourselves. But when it came to schoolwork, we didn't have as much choice. My parents expected us to take classes that challenged us, that took us out of our comfort zones. They wanted us to learn as much about the world as we could. So when it came time for me to decide whether or not I wanted to live the gospel, I studied it. I read the scriptures, especially the New Testament. In John 7:17, it says: "If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself." So, I did what the scriptures said to do. I went to church, paid attention, held church callings, tried to help people around me, prayed, paid tithing, etc. And my life was blessed. The Gospel made sense to me, but that wasn't the reason I decided to keep being a Mormon. When I keep the commandments, I feel loved. Even when I'm not doing what I should be, if I pray, I feel loved. I know that my Heavenly Father loves me, and when I study and live the Gospel, I feel that love. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is true, and I know that both in my heart and in my mind.

How I live my faith

Over the past few months, I've been blessed with the opportunity to teach children in my ward. They've taught me so much about the gospel. There is a story in the Book of Mormon about a group of young men who have to go to war to defend their families. The young men are faithful and brave, because their mothers taught them to be. The children I got to teach remind me of them, because they have to defend their beliefs every day, but they are brave because of their families. Also, I will be serving a mission in Ecuador for the next 18 months. I am so excited to be able to learn from the people there, who are fellow sons and daughters of God. I know that the Gospel is true, and that all people deserve a chance to learn and pray about it, so they can know for themselves as well.