"It truly is hard to think of something the Lord hasn't taught me. I'm a completely different person than I was 9 months ago, when I was not a believer. In fact, my best friend's parents told me at my baptism, 'We didn't know how you were going to turn out.' My mind, heart, body, and soul are so drastically different that I almost don't recognize who I was before.

The biggest thing that the Lord has taught me is to be completely intentional with everything I do and say. I think twice about what I'm going to do and what I'm going to say. And when I do something that is not aligned to the gospel I feel guilty and understand my mistakes and see just how much I need to live according to the gospel and not worldly (or my own) ways. I see new changes happening each day in my mind and soul.

It is encouraging for me to see how far I've come in just 9 months all thanks to our Lord, but I just am so excited to see where I'll be this time next year and what plans God has for me."