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Hi I'm Olivia

I love to be inspired by the comings and goings of life. I love to create. I'm an artist, a performer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I just graduated high school, and I'm heading off to study photography and journalism at BYU-Idaho in the fall. Photography is my main medium of expression. I let my photographs speak for me, because oftentimes words fail. I love to be inspired by the little things; Sunlight, ballet, moss, nighttime. Anyone can be an artist because art has no boundaries. I am always striving to develop and increase in my own artistic potential, and follow it in whatever direction it takes me. Photography is what keeps me sane. It is what helps me let my humanity out. It is so incredibly liberating and satisfying, and it is what makes me feel gratified. I also love to paint, make movies, sing jazz, and perform onstage in plays and musicals. I am always so grateful to have multiple artistic disciplines that I love and enjoy so much. I have some of the greatest friends that anyone could ever have. We love to watch old home videos, take photos (they are usually my models), listen to good music, have comfy movie and pizza nights, play frisbee in the front yard on warm summer nights, and most of all, we love to enjoy each other's company and just talk.

Why I am a Mormon

This gospel is my anchor within the world today. I can honestly say I don't know where I would be without it. I converted to the church in the later months of 2010, and was baptized on April 27th, 2012. Words cannot describe the immeasurable amounts of joy that I felt on that long-awaited day. I attended my first church meeting in October of 2010, and the feeling that I experienced then (that I now recognize as the Holy Spirit) was warm, reassuring, and safe. Throughout the winter, the missionaries in the ward taught me the ways of the Lord and His restored gospel. At first, all of the new information was very overwhelming, but I gradually became to understand and know as I read from The Book of Mormon and prayed that I might know of its truth. I knew that what I was being taught was true. I felt a very peaceful, warm feeling in my heart when I prayed about these things. I knew that the Holy Ghost was testifying this to me. I decided shortly after that I wanted to be baptized. My parents struggled with this decision and kept me from being baptized for over a year. It was so frustrating to me and I didn't understand, but I honored their wishes. I continued to pray that their hearts might be softened with time towards the gospel. And so it came to be. My baptism and my journey and personal growth towards it have developed and strengthened a testimony of my own. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true church of God. Most importantly, I have a loving Savior, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who died for me. A sinless sacrifice for all of us, that we might be clean. Repentance is truly a miracle. The Book of Mormon is comparable to the Bible, and is a sacred text that is essential to having the fullness of the gospel. It is a rock in my life. It is true. It is the word of God. It is another testament of Jesus Christ. I am a daughter of God, with a loving Father in Heaven. We can achieve true, eternal happiness through this gospel. It is true.

How I live my faith

Every Sunday, I attend church meetings. These meetings are like a refreshing, renewing way to end the week, as well as preparation to begin the next. The uplifting talks and dedication of the day to honoring the Lord reminds me of what is truly important in life's comings and goings. I follow the standards of the church regarding modest dress, chastity, clean language and lifestyle. Though some may find the standards to be strict, they keep me comfortable and safe. During my senior year of high school, I attended a seminary class every morning before school began. Studying the scriptures was a wonderful way to begin each day, and provided me with much more knowledge and testimony than I would have ever been able to have had I not attended. It was truly uplifting. It is so important to look for the good in all people. After all, we are all sons and daughters of God. We must love and serve each other as such. I strive to love all people with the same love that Jesus Christ had. The Savior was no respecter of persons. In His example, I always endeavor to be the same loving friend to all, regardless of their station in life. I hope one day to teach the youth of the church, and to lead them with a unconditional love and a righteous example. I try to share my story of coming to the church and my testimony often with others. Sharing my testimony of the gospel helps me to feel the Spirit. Being a member of the church is not easy. When I share my testimony, I am reminded that the efforts I am making to choose the right are worth it, and will be worth it when I receive the blessings of righteousness.