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Hi I'm Peyton

I grew up in the United States. I'm serving my mission in the Philippines. I love God and all He's done for me. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the Unites States, and moved a lot up until this point. Although I do enjoy being in new places, moving did, however, make it hard to have a place that felt like home. My family's extent of religion was listening to Amy Grant during Christmas. My home life was pretty bad, and my parents got divorced when I was in 4th grade. Many years passed while I contemplated some not so desirable options and I tried to find happiness day to day. I was an atheist, or at least agnostic for most of my life. I decided on a whim to move to Utah for school, and learning about the gospel there just felt like something I always kind of knew. Talking with my friends and the missionaries, everything always made sense to me, and deciding to get baptized was a very easy decision. I knew even before I got baptized that I wanted to go on a mission, and when I moved back in with my non-active family, it was hard to stay on the path of righteousness, but God has always loved me and supported my efforts, and I was finally able to go on a mission to better myself and to get the opportunity to love my spiritual siblings and show them what I know to be true. It's hard living the gospel, especially in this day and age, but it is so, so worth it.

Why I am a Mormon

Ever since I wanted to know about the church and started to learn about Christ's gospel with an open mind, I knew the doctrines and principles were true. Joining the church for me felt like an obvious choice, and I was finally going to be happy and okay in life. Deciding to stay in the church after some time was a more difficult road. I have struggled with my testimony so many times, and I have considered leaving and following a different path just as many times. It was hard for me to recognize how different I felt when I just made small decisions that took me away from Christ, but I would get to a point where I just couldn't be as happy and fulfilled as I knew I had felt before, so I prayed, and was able to realize what I was doing wrong, and had the opportunity to repent because of Jesus Christ. With every struggle, it seems that the roots of my faith grow deeper, and leaving the church to have "fun" doing other things is just not an option for me. Nothing is worth giving up my relationship with God. As long as I keep praying with a sincere heart and an open mind, I will always take the hand that God is holding out to me. I will never be forsaken because of Christ and taking that sacrifice and devotion for granted is not an option.

How I live my faith

Praying is a big part of keeping on the path to God. Staying active in the gospel and continually following the example of Jesus Christ doesn't come easily for me, so making sure to communicate often with God is very important. You have to show Him that you're willing to do whatever He needs you to do, and He will give you responsibilities that help you grow into a better person and disciple of Christ. Currently, I am serving as a full time missionary in the Philippines, and getting to help my brothers and sisters everyday is incredible. I am a child of God, and realizing that everyone else is too is a wonderful feeling that makes it easier to forgive, help, and support other people.