Testimony Below:

Shortly after high school I qualified for a mountain bike race in Germany. I was in a team with a bunch of kids from all over the United States, and one night before the race some of us were hanging out in a hotel room.

The other kids started talking about two boys from Utah a year or two older than us, who'd quit mountain biking to go on missions, even though they were some of the best mountain bikers in the world in their category.

These kids thought it was crazy, insane. They couldn't understand why anyone would do that. They started to talk about the church and its members in derogatory terms and I just sat in the corner listening--kind of like I always do when I'm in a group of people--until someone said, "What about Mormon girls? Do they go on missions?" And I suddenly found myself saying, "We can if we want." It was silent for several seconds, then many of them apologized and asked me some questions, which I answered until someone changed the topic.

I know Jesus Christ lives. I know this is His restored church on the earth. I know he leads us through prophets and apostles, and we have the power of the priesthood and the saving ordinances. I know it is worth it to stand up and speak out even if the climate towards us isn't very positive, or even if we are alone.

I love my Heavenly Father and I know he loves each of you.