“Being in LA for so long, after a while, it starts to wear on you, and it starts to wear on your perspective of what’s important and what’s not,” Hightower said.
Which brings us back to her experience in a church pew in New York City, where after hearing a stranger's conversion story, Hightower began to pray.
While attending an LDS girls camp, she expressed her concerns to a youth leader, who shared a quote from President Ezra Taft Benson, “When we put God first, all other things fall into their proper place or drop out of our lives.” “I remember thinking, ‘OK, if I continually put the Lord first, and if I continually focus on growing myself and my spirituality, the right opportunities will fall into place, and the wrong ones will fall out of my life,’” Hightower said.
With that in mind, when “So You Think You Can Dance” hit the air, Hightower knew it was something she wanted to do.
Four months later, after touring with the cast of "So You Think You Can Dance," she was invited to appear as a professional on “Dancing With the Stars.” With the transition to Los Angeles and the pressure of the show, she found herself having anxiety and panic attacks, but she poured herself into dance.
She was eliminated the week before the show's finale, finishing in sixth place.She graduated from Timpanogos High School in June 2007 and auditioned for “So You Think You Can Dance” in February 2008.She felt prepared, but having previously struggled with anxiety before competitions, she knew she needed extra help.During that time, they represented Team USA in the British Open in England and at a world competition in Latvia. “I knew I was there for a reason, and I knew that whatever that purpose was, that’s what the Lord wanted for my life, and he recognized in me that dance is what helped me become a better person," Hightower said."Consistently, dance is what gave me this drive and what helped me to better myself." Still, as a teenager, she wrestled with whether she wanted to make dance a career.and I remember thinking it was a no-brainer to me,” Hightower said. ' How could I give up something that is so good and something that I have to have?