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Hi I'm Abby

I am from British Columbia, Canada. I am also a student at BYU-Hawaii. and will be going on a mission. I love being a LDS member.

About Me

I grew up in the small town of Nakusp, B.C. since I was a small baby. Nakusp has a population of about 1700, of which the only active members of the church is my small family of four. I have one brother, Levi, who is 4 years older than me. Nakusp is about a 3 hour drive East or West to the nearest chapel, so I grew up having church in my living room and my family and I would call into sacrament broadcasts on Sunday mornings for church. I spent most of my childhood and teenage years playing with my brother in the forest, or going to the beach in the summer, as well as hunting, fishing, and quading with my Dad in the backwoods. I also played volleyball, soccer, and basketball in high school because I love having fun and being active at the same time. I also completed 4 years of seminary over the phone/computer. I graduated from Nakusp Secondary School in June 2016, and I continued my studies at BYU-Hawaii for 1.5 years, or 4 semesters. I am studying to become a physics teacher for the secondary school level. I have a really deep testimony of this church and the gospel of Jesus Christ, and I want to share the blessings that I have received from being in this church with others. I have taken the next year and a half of school off so I can serve as a missionary for this church so I can share the feelings love, belonging, and purpose with others. I will be serving in the Charleston, West Virginia Mission, and I report to the Missionary Training Center in Provo on March 14th 2018.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I love Heavenly Father and I have felt his love continually for me and my family over my whole life. Growing up in Nakusp was not easy, I was blessed with good friends who respected my beliefs, but I always had the option of choosing not to "be a Mormon" with all of the opportunities around me (parties, drinking, etc.). My parents taught me the gospel and shared their testimonies with my brother and I, but it was really up to Levi and me to choose for ourselves what we believed and knew to be true. I am so grateful that I have been blessed with a testimony of my Savior and his church and of the Book of Mormon. I know that this is the true church because I have received many simple but powerful witnesses over my life. In times when I have felt like happiness was an emotion impossible to feel, or other times when I just needed help with school or family life, I have seen His hands in my life blessing me as I choose the right. God answers prayers in many ways, and its up to us to learn how He talks to us. I know that He is constantly there, waiting at your doorstep for you to open the door and let Him in. We are all daughters and sons of God, and He loves us equally and cares for us. I have a testimony that everything that happens to us in our lives are for a reason or a purpose, because I have noticed this pattern in my life. When life events go the "wrong" way, somehow the consequences work out and will bless you in ways we couldn't have pictured for ourselves. We need to pray to our Heavenly Father for guidance, because this life is like a maze. We can't see the way out, but our Heavenly Father does because He has the birds eye view, and He will guide us according to His Will, your needs/desires, and your circumstance. You just need to believe and don't give up. Not all prayers are answered the way in which we expect, or with the answer in which we want.

How I live my faith

Growing up in a isolated town has allowed me to develop a strong testimony and understanding of our Heavenly Fathers love for us. I have had to rely on my parents testimony, but my own testimony as well over my life due to the fact that I was being raised independent of other LDS youth. When I was a teenager (12-17 years) my parents would often volunteer to help with the summer girls camps and activities that the church organizes every year. As a result, I would often help, and even organize some of the camps. When I was 17, I attended a girls summer camp with my Dad and helped teach archery to the young woman, as well as other survival skills like building emergency shelters. My Dad accepted a calling to be a High Counselor in the Stake (a church boundary that stretches from Penticton to Clearwater BC) and I would travel with him once a month to give a talk to a ward. Being able to speak in church on topics in which I felt passionate about and could share my testimony with, was one of the building blocks of my testimony. When I attended BYU-Hawaii, I accepted the calling to be a Ward Missionary. Most Sudnays it was my responsibility to teach a Sunday school class in church called Mission Preparation, for the young adults who wanted to serve a mission for the church.