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Hi I'm Olivia

I am a college student, a Buckeye fan, a reader, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I just completed my first year at Utah State studying biochemistry and mathematics. I have always considered myself to be a logical thinker, so numbers are a favorite thing of mine. However, I am kind of a well-rounded nerd because I also have a passion for words! I love to read and write a few things of my own. I played tennis and the viola in high school. I am from Columbus, OH and therefore share enthusiasm for the Buckeyes. It's kind of hard not to when your whole city comes alive during football season! I absolutely love to laugh, so sit-com's are my go to for winding down. I am the middle child of three girls, and we have a little puppy named Millie that we constantly gush over.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church, but this is not why I am Mormon. I am Mormon because I have come to know for myself of the truth of the Book of Mormon and the Restoration of the Church through Joseph Smith. Being from Ohio gave me a rare opportunity to be close to many church historical sites. I have walked through the Sacred Grove in Palmyra, New York, where Joseph Smith prayed as a 14 year old boy and was visited by Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. The spirit in that place is immensely powerful and it touched my heart and testified to me that this epochal event actually occurred there in 1820. I have also felt the power of the spirit when I read the Book of Mormon, which testifies boldly of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and his power to redeem us. It lays out the grand Plan of Salvation which has brought light, understanding, and much purpose to my life. I am going to be serving a full-time mission starting January 2018 in Poland in order to share this joyous message with others.

How I live my faith

In high school I tried to stick up for my standards and make it known that I was Mormon. Because of this, I feel like I was very blessed with good friends of many faiths that shared similar standards. This made it easier to avoid parties, certain situations, and overall many temptations others my age face, while still having fun being a teenager. In college I also chose to attend a school where there would be many who share my beliefs. I also have been given opportunities to live my faith in the church. even as a young adult I have held leadership positions and have been given service opportunities. As a leader over 12 year-old girls, being a 12 year-old girl myself, I learned patience, kindness, and organization as we cared for each other and planned fun activities. As a college student I was assigned to direct communication for our ward. This meant I could set-up and run social media sites allowing my friends and other young adults become aware of the opportunities and activities going on around them. I have been very blessed when I make and keep commitments to serve others in the church.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Olivia
Mormon women can be described as any of the other great women around the world. I have been around and in contact with so many great women who have been examples to me in helping me become who I want to be. Women in the church are very much equal to men. In all of my experiences, women are given duties and responsibilities and are expected and trusted in fulfilling those. My mother is a great example to me because she has served faithfully for years in teaching, organizing, and planning activities for the young women in our ward. She attends meetings and councils alongside other leaders in our ward to bring new ideas to the table and help to implement them. The young women are taught to love themselves, to be bold in standing up for what is right, and to set goals in their education and in becoming wives and mothers. As a woman in the church, I have never felt less than a man, and have been taught repeatedly that I am divine, to work hard, and to hold on to my faith and my Savior. Show more Show less