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Warner 1 Stephanie Warner Professor Davis English 111 9 December 2005 The Promise Ring The evergreen stands in the corner of the room with all the beautifully wrapped presents perfectly placed underneath. Lights are strung around it and all the tinsel and ornaments are placed perfectly on the tree. It looks like something out of a magazine. All around the room are various family members who I may or may not have seen in ages. In the background is the soft music that you only play during this time of the year. The music that by the end of the season you are so sick of those same songs you just want to shoot yourself if you hear it one more time, but at this moment the scene wouldn’t be complete if you didn’t hear the music in the background. From the kitchen floats the scent of freshly baked cookies that makes your mouth water to have one. On the center of a mantel is the nativity scene. The sole purpose everyone is here gathering together. My family has always been religious. My parents brought me up in the Methodist faith, and since I can remember we have always gone to church. Religion has always been a big part of my life. I have always tried to do what was right in God’s eyes, and I tried to do what my parents wanted me to do. I tried as much as I could to help others by volunteering my time in different activities in the church and around the community, because that seemed like the right thing to do. I was active in my youth group and went on numerous mission trips throughout America. I did these things not just because it was something to do and it would look good on my resume or that it would look good in the eyes of others, I did it because I wanted to. I felt that not only was I
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Warner 2 doing something good in my life I was also developing what I believed in. My faith grew through these experiences and they helped form who I am today. I was striving to be the best I could be, but sometimes I was unsure of what my parents thought what I was supposed to do. Christmas was a big part of my faith. It wasn’t just about the cookies, presents, and other
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This essay was uploaded on 04/15/2008 for the course ENG ENG 111 taught by Professor Davis during the Fall '05 term at Miami University.

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