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Hi I'm Paige

I've lived all over the United States and Taiwan, I play soccer, I speak Chinese and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a college student. I grew up in the LDS church and I'm getting ready to serve as a full-time missionary in Tokyo, Japan. I lived in Taiwan during my senior year of high school so I'm excited to be going back to Asia. I love to learn and I am currently a college student studying physics and linguistics. I hope to one day become a professor. I live near the mountains so I'm able to easily enjoy skiing, hiking and camping. I also love playing soccer, painting, playing/listening to music, reading and river-rafting. I enjoy spending time outside and I love to be in nature.

Why I am a Mormon

I've chosen to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because I have a testimony of the truthfulness of this gospel. What I love about this church is that it's a church of questions. Since I was young, I've been prompted to ask Heavenly Father questions and find out the truth for myself. My testimony has grown as I've received answers to the questions that I've had. These experiences have allowed to me to build a personal relationship with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I've come to know that they care for each of us personally and know us and our needs. I can feel their spirit as I pray, attend church and go to the temple. There have been times of doubt in my life where I've questioned my faith and testimony. In those times, I find that if I simply look for them, experiences where I can see God's hand in my life are constant. I know that I'm never alone and I've seen Heavenly Father work through other people to bless my life. I know I can always find support and guidance from the people I go to church with and leaders of the church. My faith in Jesus Christ has made me a better friend, sister and person. I love my family and I'm able to grow closer to them as I grow closer to Jesus Christ. Everywhere I go around the world, I'm amazed by the families and testimonies that I find. I lived in Taiwan for my senior year of high school and it was difficult to be away from my home and family while trying to learn a new language and culture. As I attended church there, I felt the familiar love and support from the members there as they shared there testimonies with me and helped me feel welcome. I know that Heavenly Father loves everyone perfectly and that we are his children. I'm a Mormon because every time I read the words of the scriptures or listen to the words of the prophets I feel the spirit witness to me of their truth. I'm a Mormon because I know God lives and loves us and that he has a perfect plan for us.

How I live my faith

Throughout my life, I've been blessed to have many responsibilities within the church. When I was in high school, I participated in the young women's program and had the chance to organize and participate in hundreds of service projects and outings. When I lived in Taiwan, I was the ward pianist and accompanied the congregation during our meetings. I also had the chance to teach the five-six year old class during Sunday school.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

For a long time, I misunderstood why women don't hold the priesthood. It was very unsettling to me and I asked Heavenly Father time and time again for an answer to my question. I was prompted to learn not about why women don't hold the priesthood, but about the priesthood itself. The priesthood is God's power on Earth and it is used to bless and strengthen lives. I know that men and women have different gifts and responsibilities give to them by our Heavenly Father. Although women don't hold the priesthood, I have a testimony that the full power of the priesthood blesses men and women equally. I know that God's plan for us is perfect and His ways are not our ways. Men and women together are necessary in his plan. I have a testimony that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is led together by strong men and women who are guided and directed by the Lord. Show more Show less