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Hi I'm Hailey Dobbs

I'm a curious learner and infallible optimist. I love all things adventurous and fun. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up moving all around the United States for my dad's schooling - from dry Nevada to frigid Minnesota to temperate Utah to humid Florida, I've seen it all. We finally landed near gorgeous California in a beautiful area that provided a picturesque setting for my parents to raise our family in. I have four younger siblings that made all of this traveling not only bearable, but extremely enjoyable and memorable as well. My family is everything to me, and I love that they have been my closest friends and confidants through the good times and the bad. I had plenty of opportunities growing up to enjoy fun activities, including playing lots of competitive soccer, basketball, and lacrosse. In the winters, we would ski and snowboards a family; in the summers it was hiking, wake boarding, and tubing. I love to travel: I went to England, France, Italy, and China in high school. After graduating high school, I moved to Utah to study at Brigham Young University. After freshman year, I lived in Israel-Palestine for four months. The experience changed my life and I miss the people I met and the sights I saw every day. I returned home and started studying English Teaching, which I've fallen in love with. I'm an avid reader, I have a creative mind and a curious personality. By becoming a teacher, I hope to be an instrument in helping young adults love learning. I've recently been called to serve as a full-time missionary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Japan.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm currently serving a mission for the church. This is 18 months of hard work: no cell-phone, no calling my family (besides an hour on Christmas and Mother's Day), no boys, and the list goes on and on. To top it off, I'm expected to preach in a language I have no experience with. As I've begun my study of Japanese, I've often wondered if these characters and their sounds will ever sound familiar to me and have worried how I will be able to communicate for a year and a half. In spite of my fears, I have never questioned my decision to go and dedicate this time to my Savior Jesus Christ. This faith to conquer fear is through no strength or power of my own; this is possible only through the grace of my Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ. I testify that He lives today - that the same Jehovah of the Old Testament and the Messiah of the New reigns in the heavens and will someday return to Earth. I have dedicated my life to learning of His perfect life and sacrifice for all mankind. I am trying to be made whole through Him and find strength to improve through His love and mercy. I know that He wants us to change, improve and repent. I believe that a loving Heavenly Father sent His Son to redeem you and me from our sins and weaknesses. He expects us to come back to Him, after having done all we can to serve, love, and grow. God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ have sent the Holy Ghost to be an individualized guide. They do not expect us to walk alone through mortality without help along the way. I have felt the Holy Ghost pierce my soul, confirming to me truths and comforting me in my darkest days. This is a gift bestowed to all members of the church after they are baptized by immersion. I testify that beginning in 1823, Joseph Smith restored all that was lost after the apostles of the New Testament were killed. The Book of Mormon is the word of God and is similar to the Bible in that it testifies of truth and of God's love for His children.

How I live my faith

I live my faith every day by spreading light through doing small and simple things. I love to smile, laugh, and share my love for others. I've come to know that serving others gives me more joy than anything else. I had the opportunity in high school to serve as the National Honor's Society President. I participated in student council both in high school and in college. I was also a director over a program at BYU that provides students with opportunities to do arts and crafts with children with disabilities. These experiences, among others, helped me grow as a leader. However, I feel that the most rewarding and memorable experiences I've had serving are those that don't necessarily belong on a resume. This last school year, I visited my sweet great-grandmother every two weeks and spent time listening to her and trying to think of ways to serve her. My heart grew in love and respect for her, which has led me to seek out my ancestors and learn from their stories. I also served as a leader over women in my church where I had the opportunity to plan and organize activities and oversee individual visits to each woman's home. Although these events seem small and perhaps even insignificant to some, they have been monumental in my life and have given me a vision for the type of woman I want to become. I firmly believe that light always overcomes darkness, that good always triumphs over evil. Through deliberately living my faith day in and day out, I know I'm laying a foundation for a pure and happy future. Although I'm not sure exactly what it holds, I know that I stand firmly on the side of light. I will forever continue to choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong.