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Hi I'm Bailey.

I love learning and teaching. I'm happiest when I'm helping others. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was married to my wonderful husband a couple years ago and we are loving life together. He is a computer genius and I am a high school chemistry teacher, but that is just one of my many passions. Along with being a math/science nerd, I also enjoy playing volleyball and other sports, reading good novels, playing the french horn, and camping. I hope to use these different talents to help others, most importantly my family. Thankfully, we live close to my husband's family and get to spend a lot of time with them.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents always took our family to church and spent time at home praying and studying the scriptures. As a child, I enjoyed these religious activities because they felt good. As I approached my eighth birthday, my desire to follow Christ became more personal. I loved the scripture stories about Him. The peace and joy that I felt as I read the Bible and Book of Mormon showed me that these scripture stories were true. I had the simple faith to follow Christ by being baptized because I felt it was the right thing to do. In my teen years, I sometimes questioned if the things my parents had taught me were true. I realized that the way to know for myself was to ask God. Late one night, I knelt by my bed in prayer and plead with Heavenly Father to help me know the truth. I asked if The Book of Mormon was true. As I did, an overwhelming warmth and peace washed over me. I knew The Book of Mormon was truly the word of God, just like the Bible. Because I know The Book of Mormon is true, I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior, that Heavenly Father loves us, and that He chose Joseph Smith as the prophet to restore Christ's original church to the earth. That testimony has been strengthened bit by bit as I've continued to live the principles that Christ teaches and seen the blessings that come. I am so grateful for modern revelation, both personal and through a living prophet. It guides my daily decisions so that I can enjoy the peace and happiness that come from following Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

In all I do, I try to follow our Savior, Jesus Christ. I try to love others as He did by serving them and sharing with them the things that bring me happiness. I know that following the teachings of Jesus Christ is the best way to find joy in this life and the next. That's why I chose to devote a year and a half to sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ as a full-time missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I loved my mission experience because I saw myself and those I taught becoming happier and more like the Savior as we worked together to follow Him. Even though I'm no longer a full-time missionary, I still try to share the gospel with family, friends, and others I meet. Living the gospel brings me such hope, peace, healing and joy that I can't help but share it with those I love. Some specific things I do to live the gospel include: praying each day, spending time with family, studying the scriptures, helping those around me, participating in weekly church meetings, attending the temple, and sharing my beliefs with others. All these things help me fulfill my promise to follow Jesus Christ. I have noticed that when I keep my promises to Him, my relationship with Him grows stronger. As a result, I am more at peace with God, myself, and everyone around me. And when I make mistakes, I live my faith by changing my ways and asking for forgiveness, trusting that Christ will forgive me as I work with Him to improve.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Bailey.
Visitors, including children, are always welcome at church services which take place each Sunday. During the main worship service or sacrament meeting, members of the congregation usually sit with their families as they sing hymns, listen to speakers, and partake of the sacrament. The sacrament is the most important part because it is when we get to eat the bread and drink the water in remembrance of Jesus Christ. I love this time of quiet reflection when I think about all that my Savior has done for me and re-promise that I will follow Him. Because the sacrament is blessed and passed by those holding the priesthood or power of God, it allows us to renew the promises we made when we were baptized and receive anew the blessings that God has promised in return. I love the promise that I can be forgiven and always have the Spirit to be with me. The peace and guidance of God's Spirit is so reassuring. I often receive answers to my questions from God as I attend church. I also enjoy the other Sunday meetings during which we teach each other about Christ from the scriptures. Sunday school and other age appropriate classes are available for everyone (nursery for children 18 months to 3 years old, primary for children 3 to 11 years old, young women meetings for girls 12 to 17 years old, Priesthood meetings for men 12 and older, and Relief Society for women 18 and older). It's always uplifting to meet with others who share their beliefs and experiences of how Christ has helped them. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Bailey.
I was a missionary and my main reason for choosing to proselyte was love. I love God. I love His teachings. I love His children. Sharing what I love with those I love just comes naturally. I know that following the teachings of God and Jesus Christ is the best way to find joy (in this life and the next life) and I want everyone to receive that joy so I love to share those teachings with them. Show more Show less