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Hi I'm Halie

I'm a college student, I sing, play the piano and violin, and I'm a Mormon

About Me

Right now, life is pretty basic. I go to school, come home, go to work, and then go to sleep. I love the outdoors. Some of my favorite things are going hiking, four-wheeling, scubadiving, swimming, snorkeling, running. I love sports, as in I'm the one yelling at the tv if my team is losing. I love watching football and basketball, baseball if it's in person. I love playing soccer and volleyball. Music is my life and it's the soundtrack of my life. I'm a piano performance major and there is hardly a time when I'm not playing or listening to music.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I love my family. Family means the most to me in the entire world. The Gospel of Jesus Christ offers an eternal family, what is more appealing then that? I am the youngest of 5 and my family was always extremely close growing up. Now that we are all out of the nest, it's hard being away. Most of us still live by each other, but one lives really far away. Knowing that whatever happens in this life, I can still see them, now that's the amazing thing about this gospel. Our Brother, Jesus Christ, he loved us so much that He was willing to give his life so that my family can live together forever. One of my favorite hymns is "Families can be Together Forever." There are so many ways through our Heavenly Father's plan that we are able to be with the ones we love. Music is a powerful tool. Music provides communication when words fail. I grew up in the church and I knew it was true, but that was mostly living off of my parent's testimonies. I never really knew for myself until I was 15. I went to a summer camp and we were doing an activity. We were all blindfolded and we had to run around this field trying to find this bell through the all of the noises that they were throwing at as. The bell was the softest thing, so we really had to be in tune with it. When we found the bell, we were led to a rope that we had to follow through obstacles. At the end of the rope, we were welcomed home with a huge hug and then we talked about our Savior, Jesus Christ. After this experience, one of our leaders sang the hymn "Nearer My God, To Thee." The words of the second verse which are, " Though like the wanderer, The sun gone down, Darkness be over me, My rest a stone. Yet in my dreams I'd be Nearer, my God, to thee, Nearer, my God, to thee, Nearer to thee!" Even though we were blindfolded and searching for something that was hard to find, our Brother and our Father want us there with them. Because Family is the most important thing. Because of this experience, I knew without a doubt that we are here to be tried and tested with all of these other noises around us trying to make us lose our way. What we can't lose sight, or sound of, is that one clear bell ringing, calling to us. I know that my brother, Jesus Christ, died for me so that I can live forever with Him. I love this gospel with all of my heart because it makes me happy. It gives me the strength to get through things when I can't hear clearly. I know that it is true because I tried living it, and then once you've tried, you can know of the truth.

How I live my faith

I have learned to serve from a young age from my parents. They are some of the most charitable people I know. My dad is a firefighter. He loves to help people in their time of need. There are hardly any times when I cannot remember him not doing something for someone else. In fact, because of my dad, I have had some of the most incredible experiences. One of the most memorable experiences I've had is when I was seven. We took a lot of supplies to orphanages and fisherman villages down in Mexico. It was one of the best Christmas's I have ever had. The people were in such need that after we had given everything from the boxes, some of them would fight over the boxes so that they could repair their houses. All of these places that we went were in such need that I couldn't of anything but giving all that I had to them. My favorite stop on the trip was to a rest home out in the middle of nowhere. They were on a dirt road 15 miles from the main road. This little old lady, hasn't been able to go to church in a really long time. So when we asked if we could sing a hymn or two she had an immiediate request. "Sweet Hour of Prayer." As soon as we started, she just burst into tears. I will never forget that moment. Because she had no way of getting to church she wasn't able to listen to her favorite hymns and be touched by the message that the hymns bring. From then on, I knew that music was extremely important in the church. Ever since I was little, I've had some callings that allow me to share my musical abilities to reach out to those who are in need. One of my favorite things is going to rest homes with a group of friends and singing hymns. The people like to visit and it brings old and young together so that we can learn from each other. I love that this gospel, whether you are a member or not, brings people together through service and love.