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Hi I'm Savannah

I'm a college student. I like to be outside. I love to be with my family. Sometimes I get to do both. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a student. I am studying Public Health with a minor in Nonprofit Management. I'm the middle child of three. My older sister is living it up in New York City where she's a waitress. My younger brother is 15 and is a real baller on his freshman basketball team.  

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ because when I was young I learned that I was a child of God. I also developed a desire to live a good life. I prayed to Heavenly Father and I knew he was listening. My testimony grew from that simple knowledge. I was baptized when I was 8 years old and I was really excited to become a member of the church that I'd been attending with my family all my life. I didn't understand all the significance of this choice, but over the years I've come to appreciate how important that decision was and just how much my life has been blessed by the gospel of Jesus Christ. I am so grateful that my little 8-year-old self had a desire to get baptized, because it put me on a path of life that has brought me inexplicable joy, peace and excitement for the future. In middle school I decided I wanted to read the Book of Mormon and the Bible. This pattern created a greater desire to know Jesus Christ and how I should live my life. Life is so good. My testimony of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has enriched every aspect of my life. I am a Mormon because I know it is the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

Growing up I didn't know a lot of people who believed the same things I did, and that in many ways inspired me to live close to my faith. From the time I turned 12, I decided I wanted to read the Book of Mormon, every day. I started just reading a few verses every night, and gradually would read a little bit more. At first I was reading just because I had a simple testimony that it was the right thing to do. Over the years I have seen how the scriptures have been a comfort and a guide in my life. Monday through Friday, my sister and I would wake up EARLY to attend a scripture class with the other Mormon high schoolers in my neighborhood, just before our regular high school classes started. That wasn't easy, because it seemed like we were always struggling to stay awake for the 6 am class, but what meant the most was somehow I still wanted to be there. Just as my physical needs had to be met everyday, I think I developed a greater spiritual sensitivity during those years and my spirit was fed and uplifted by those daily classes. I attend church every Sunday, because I love the opportunity to learn more of Christ and how I can draw closer to my Heavenly Father. I also appreciate the chance I have to learn from the good examples and experiences of others in my congregation. The friendship and unity I feel from my fellow members at church provides an incredible support for me and has helped me to better understand the love that God has for all of his children. But living my faith is so much more than attending church or studying scriptures. It's about the life long process and trusting in a loving Heavenly Father. More than anything, I guess I would say that I try to live my faith by being kind and patient. I try to be a better listener, and a better friend to those in need. My hope is that I will somehow leave the world a little better than I found it.

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Savannah
I believe truth speaks to people, regardless of nationality or culture. When people hear and understand, even a small portion of truth, it speaks to their heart through the Holy Ghost. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Savannah
Service is an integral part of the Christian life. Service by the lay members in our congregations gives us all a chance to lift each other and give of our talents while being blessed by talents of others. Our clergy serve without compensation because they know that ultimately the call to service comes from the Lord and you need not be a scholar to be a loving and inspiring leader of a congregation. Just about every member of the church serves in some capacity within their own congregation. One of the many blessings I have seen from this system is that we get the chance to develop skills and confidences, by serving in capacities that stretch us and require more than we ever thought we had to give. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Savannah
The only way I've found to really know something is to ask God, who is the source of truth and light. Learn about the church from the members, talk to missionaries about your questions, read the Book of Mormon. After that you have to ask Heavenly Father. He will answer your questions and concerns with a peace and quiet assurance. Show more Show less