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Hi I'm Layne

I'm a recent university graduate in Anthropology and Italian. I love to write, photograph, travel and research.

About Me

I'm a recent university graduate in Anthropology and Italian. I completed an undergrad ethnography in Siena, Italy on place as an intersubjective cultural model. I love learning from people and about people, writing, researching, photography, cooking and adventuring. Growing up, my grandfather always told me that "dynamite comes in small packages" and I guess I've taken it upon myself to live fully and joyfully.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I'm a Christian. I believe in the diversity of people but also in the divinity of those people. The more I study Anthropology theory, cultures, and individuals, the greater witness I have that our spirits are created by God. And these mortal experiences which we craft are in desperate need of a Savior and Redeemer. I believe that the mortal existence is part of a greater spiritual journey. The doctrine taught through revealed scripture confirms to me that there is a plan of happiness and salvation for all persons. I am Mormon because of my gratitude in Jesus Christ atonement and Heavenly Father's abundant love.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by abiding by its precepts and being obedient to the laws and ordinances I've agreed to. I try to seek after Christlike attributes and help those around me to do the same. I have lived my faith by completing an LDS mission in Italy, Rome. I have prepared and taught other women in church meetings and organized activities which unite and support the women in my area. Mostly I live my faith day to day, seeking to do better and be an example to others.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

A testimony is a spiritual witness received by the Holy Ghost. Generally the Holy Ghost witnesses of Heavenly Father's life and love, Jesus Christ as the Savior, Redeemer, Resurrected Lord, and Son of God. Also that Joseph Smith saw these two beings in 1820 as he professed. And that God and Jesus Christ restored his authority and power on the earth beginning with Joseph Smith and continuing on through Thomas S. Monson, the current prophet, seer, and revelator. Show more Show less