Hi I'm Ariel Davidson
First of all, yes, I was named after the Little Mermaid. I love to draw. When I was 5 years old I decided to be an artist when I grew up. Never did grow up (and don't plan to!) but I am still drawing and breathing in a steady 1:1 ratio. I'm an art student and I'm two semesters away from graduating in Illustration. I love my sports...soccer, volleyball...and mostly ultimate frisbee. I've gotten into the terrible habit of front-flip/roll-catching the frisbee if it's just barely out of reach. It's either that or dive...and diving would probably hurt. And there is no just-let-it-go option in my book. One time, a random lady on the street told me that my talent is entering people's hearts and putting them at ease. I spent the next few days wondering what that even meant. I love to learn! I'm always annoying my friends with, "What if?" questions. Well, I hope it's not annoying. I just tend to think a lot about things from every possible viewpoint. And I love to know how things work. I just love to think. My family is my life. There's 9 of us (if you include the dog). And! The order of kids goes boy girl boy girl boy girl. Pretty sweet, huh? I don't have better friends then my siblings. My parents are AMAZING people and I'll be lucky if I'm half the person my mom is when I have a family. My family is very silly and we laugh 'til we cry, cry til' we laugh...it's the best and I'm glad my dad never did "sell us to the gypsies" like he'd always threaten to do when we misbehaved.
Why I am a Mormon
I used to wonder if there was a God. I don't just do what I'm told. I like to know the why. I've prayed many times in my life to know if God was even there. And I now know He is, because I have felt His presence and have felt His words in my heart so many times when I've needed Him. I know He lives. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, (Others call us "the Mormon Church") is proof that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. God is literally our Father in Heaven, and He wants us to be happy. We don't claim to be better than any other religion. I know for myself that there is much truth everywhere--but I also know there is much confusion. So God called a prophet to restore the truth that Christ set up. Everything that was lost has been brought back. The fuzzy, gray areas of doctrine that even the Bible couldn't answer have been cleared up! I'm a Mormon because everything we believe makes SENSE. It makes sense that we lived with God before this life, that if we are His children, we are meant to become like Him. It makes sense that God would call prophets to help us nowadays as well as in times past! It makes sense that people can't just wake up one day and say, "I'm going to be a preacher," but that they should be called of God. It make sense that God can help me with my day to day problems, that He cares about me individually and loves me perfectly. And on top of it all "making sense," I have felt the powerful, undeniable witness of the Holy Ghost that this church is true, that the Book of Mormon is true. It's almost as if every experience I've had in my life is the reason I'm a Mormon.
How I live my faith
I make mistakes all the time. But I try to be better and better every day. I read my scriptures, pray...and go to church every Sunday. I try to represent the Savior in what I say, think, and do... And it's hard, so I'm happy that I can be forgiven when I ask God for forgiveness. My greatest desire is to be a light to others. I want to live in such a way that people will feel uplifted and better about themselves when they are around me.