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Hi I'm Olivia

I have wild curly hair, I'm a college student, I have talocalcaneal coalitions in both my ankles, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born into the Mormon faith into a loving family and grew up in Upstate New York all my life. Growing up I had a great childhood and a relatively happy family. My junior year of high school, my dad was diagnosed with stage III bladder cancer and my brother was diagnosed with an eating disorder and hospitalized. Years later, my father was struck again by another bout of cancer, my brother and my mother were both diagnosed with two different but rare immune disorders. As I began college out west things began to level off, until during my first semester as a freshman I was diagnosed with a rare bone condition known as talocalcaneal coalitions in both of my ankles. I would not change my experiences because I have been able to develop a sense of compassion that is different than most and have become closer to God in the process. I enjoy eighties music, road trips to National Parks, cooking traditional Peruvian food, and spending time with my wonderful family. I am attending college to one day become a doctor. I also am also serving as missionary in Richmond, Virginia from August 2017-January 2019.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and grew up learning this religion. But when I was 13 years old I was the only young women in my church. I felt alone and was struggling because I did not know for myself if this church was true. I knew that I had to learn for myself if what I was taught was true and I could no longer rely on my parents' belief that it was true. I decided to read the Book of Mormon with the intent of really looking for answers and that once I finished it I would pray about it. It took me awhile to finish it but I did and I prayed and I gained a witness from the Holy Ghost that it was true. My faith in Jesus Christ and His church has fortified me and my family throughout the hardest and most challenging times of our lives. I know that with my faith I would not have been able to stand strong through all the trials my family has faced together. I know that before anything else, I am a daughter of God. I know that I have a Heavenly Father who knows me and loves me perfectly. I know that I have a Savior, Jesus Christ, who willingly suffered for my sins, experienced all of my pains, and triumphed over death. I know that "all that is unfair about life can be made right through the Atonement of Jesus Christ" (Preach My Gospel, pg. 52). I know that the Book of Mormon testifies of Jesus Christ and that it is true, for I have experimented upon its precepts and received a spiritual confirmation that it is true from the Holy Ghost multiple times throughout my life. I know that the Book of Mormon is more than true inspiring stories and anecdotes but is a physical manifestation of God's love for all His children. I know that the authority to act in God's name through priesthood power and keys is restored upon the earth today. I am a Mormon because being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints make me so happy! I experience the most joy in my life when I live the gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying my best each day to emulate how my Savior, Jesus Christ, served others. I participate in my church as a compassionate service coordinator. That basically means that my main purpose is to identify and coordinate service efforts to help those women and families who are need. For example, many members in my area are elderly and commonly fall ill. I organize efforts to write letters and cards, make sure these members are phoned, and that their temporal needs are taken care of such as laundry, grocery shopping, meals, etc. I love that I am able to live my faith in this way because I feel as though I am really making a difference in someone else's life. The Savior was the ultimate healer and example of compassion. It is a great blessing to be able to show that same compassion to others around me. I know that when I serve my brothers and sisters I am only in the service of my God.