Hi I'm Ariana
As a stay-at-home mom, I have the best job in the world, although honestly, it is by far the most challenging, and yet the most rewarding, position I have ever held. I love to read and am an amateur artist. I also crochet, and am trying to learn to quilt-the emphasis is on trying, I don't know that I'm succeeding yet! Our family enjoys hiking and spending time together.
Why I am a Mormon
I have been a member of the church for over 10 years now. The contrast in my life prior and since is stark. For me, it was literally like stepping out of a pitch black night into the soft, beautiful light of dawn. When I first began investigating the church, it was entirely without any intent of taking the missionaries seriously. I had felt my entire life that there must be a governing and Supreme force in the universe, but was raised in a home where religions of any kind were derided, and Christian faiths in particular were vilified. So one of my hobbies as a teenager and young adult was to study religions. With each one I studied, I found things that I just intuitively felt were not right. I would then move on to studying a different faith. When I began investigating the LDS church, it was at the request of someone who was an inactive member. This person felt certain I could disprove the church as well, and I was equally confident that this would be incredibly easy to do. I cringe now when I think about my attitude and feelings at the time. Within about two months of grilling the missionaries, my entire view had changed. Because of the time I had spent studying other religions, I recognized the truths and the beauty of the gospel. All of the pieces of the puzzle I had been looking at my entire life suddenly made sense and fell into place. The peace and happiness I felt when I was baptized are hard for me to put into words, and I have never regretted that moment. I look to it as one of the best in my life, and certainly the most pivotal. All the things that make me happiest have flowed as a result from that decision. The teachings of the Savior are incomparably beautiful. The love He has shown for us is without end and His sufferings on our behalf unfathomable, but I am grateful every day that we have record of these things in the scriptures. I know Joseph Smith was and is a prophet, I have prayed about this, and for the same reasons I know the Book of Mormon is true. I love reading the teachings of the Savior from its pages. And I am so thankful we have a prophet today who can help guide us, and I have a firm testimony that Thomas S. Monson is that prophet. I know that there are many things in life I can do better, but I know that by striving to live the teachings of the gospel, I will get better at those things and more. I have that hope and the hope of being together for time and eternity with my family because I have accepted the truths of the gospel into my life, and that is why I am Mormon.
How can we develop greater harmony in our homes?
I don't think it is possible to overstate the importance of speaking kindly and supportively to those around us. The Savior tells us in the scriptures about the damage an uncontrolled tongue can do. The words we say have the power to build up our family or to tear it down- really, this applies to any human relationship. I love the song from church that says "let us oft speak kind words to each other..." When we are speaking to and of others in a way that shows we respect and love them, it will automatically build harmony in our homes and anywhere else we have interactions with others.
How I live my faith
I like to do volunteer work both inside and out of the church, though currently I am only working on church related projects. I teach young children about the gospel, and can truly say I am humbled by the trust that has been placed in me with this assignment. I also have the privilege of visiting three lovely ladies each month...to catch up and make sure they and their families are doing well. Outside of church, my main focus is currently inside our home, and that is where it is needed most at this time.