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Hi I'm Grace

I'm a bookworm. I love to cook. I love to try new things. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm 22, and I just graduated college in December 2011 with a degree in English. I grew up with three brothers and my mom and dad. I love nerdy things like reading and writing, and I really love learning about the medical field. I love to rock climb even though I don't get to do it often, and I love to cook. My mom is my best friend and my family is the best support system in the world, because they give me the confidence to do the things I love.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up LDS, and my family has been in the church for many generations back on both sides. So growing up it was easy for me to go to church and believe in what I was taught because I could go along with what my parents and grandparents and everyone in my family had always believed in because I had a huge support system behind me. When I was a freshman in college, though, I had a really rough time for a lot of reasons. I was homesick and lonely and life just hadn't been working out the way I had expected it to or wanted it to, and I remember one night coming home from a friend's house and feeling absolutely alone and despairing. So that night I said a prayer and asked Heavenly Father to help me feel at ease and feel comforted. Right after I finished praying I felt the most intense feeling of comfort I could ever imagine wash over me, and I went to sleep feeling peaceful and with the reassurance that everything would be all right. The next day I began reading the Book of Mormon very earnestly for the first time, and when I finished I prayed and asked Heavenly Father to give me confirmation of its truthfulness, which I received. It has now been several years since that night and I am not always perfect with living the gospel, but because of that night I know that I can always receive comfort and guidance from Heavenly Father and because I read the Book of Mormon on my own and asked for my own witness of its truth, that truth is something I will continue to know.

How I live my faith

I've had many callings within my branch--I have been a teacher and in the presidency of the Relief Society, the women's organization of the Church, in my local branch in addition to my calling as a visiting teacher. Right now I am the ward lunch coordinator, meaning that I help organize lunch for after Sunday meetings are over. This calling is different than any other calling I've ever had, which is a witness to me that the Lord needs us to act in many different capacities at different times in our lives in order to help the Church run smoothly. What I have learned is that there is no small calling, and however we participate in ward activities or ward callings, our contributions are important for the larger whole of the Church.

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

Grace
Mormon women are beautiful and smart and funny. They come in all shapes and sizes. They are unique persons with individual thoughts and actions and opinions. Among my good friends who are Mormon women, there is a musician, a teacher, a rock climber, a mother, an Olympic hopeful, a talented seamstress, and a future lawyer. As to the equality of men and women, Mormons absolutely believe in equality! What gets lost in translation for the world is the way this equality plays out. Men have the divine right to watch over and provide for their families. This role is complimentary to that of the woman, who has the primary responsibility to nurture the children. Marriage between a man and a woman is primarily a partnership and equality in this partnership is essential for the family to function and to ultimately flourish. Show more Show less