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Hi I'm Adriana

I'm a student, a sister, a daughter and a musician. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a college student studying exercise science, and I'm considering going to PA school, physical therapy school, or research afterwards. I'm the oldest of six kids and love to take care of my siblings. I play the flute and guitar and sing in a Women's Chorus. I love many kinds of music--oldies, jazz, alternative rock but no metal, gospel, and I'm getting more used to country and hip-hop. I play soccer I used to play competitively but now it's just for fun, mostly intra-murals and pickup games. I ran cross country in high school and enjoy running long-distance on my own time. I want to run a marathon by the time I finish college. I work in a food chemistry lab during the summers, and it keeps me pretty busy, but I'm also playing soccer with some high school friends, spending time with friends and family, and attending church and institute a weekly gospel class.  

Why I am a Mormon

I'm LDS because of the faith that I've developed throughout my life. I was born into the Church, but I still had to be converted to the gospel that the Church teaches. My testimony has grown throughout my life. I'm definitely not perfect, but I've learned that to really have a testimony takes diligence and a true desire to believe. One thing I love about the Church is the way that it's helped me find and nurture a relationship with my Heavenly Father and my Savior. I know that They live, that They want us to come to live with Them again, and that They know each of us individually. During my second semester of college, I struggled with school and depression among other things; I felt like nothing in my life was going the way I wanted it to go. I was lonely, and felt heartbroken and sad. I am so grateful for friends and church leaders that helped point me in the direction of my Savior and His everlasting Atonement. It still wasn't easy, but with help from the Savior I was able to overcome the negativity that was plaguing my life. I know that not only did Christ suffer for our sins, but He also suffered for all of our pains and sicknesses, anything that hurts us, and that we can overcome those hardships with His help. I love my Savior, and I know He loves me. I know that the Book of Mormon is here to help us learn the fulness of the gospel, and that by following its words, we can live the way our Heavenly Father and Savior want us to live. I believe that the trials we have to endure in life are a way for us to become stronger, to become closer to and more like our Savior so that we can live with our Heavenly Father again. We are loved more than we can imagine by those who created the universe--with Them on our side, we have nothing to fear.

How I live my faith

I teach Sunday school to a group of 8-and-9-year-olds. Right now, we're studying the Old Testament with stories about the Creation, Adam and Eve, Abraham, Jacob, Moses, etc. I teach them for an hour every Sunday after our first meeting as an entire congregation. Then we meet with the rest of the children for another, smaller lesson, singing time, and a time for children to share a scripture or their thoughts on a topic assigned the previous week. I love being able to spend so much time around these children their faith and knowledge amaze me. I also have the chance to attend the temple about once a month. I miss being in Utah when I'm there there's a temple close enough that my roommates and I would go once a week. In daily life, I do my best to live all of the standards of our faith. Scripture study is important to me, as is prayer. The relationship with my Heavenly Father that I've found through these actions is very important to me.

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

We can receive knowledge from our Heavenly Father. When we study, think and pray about the things we read in the scriptures, we can gain a testimony of those things. We can pray to ask for knowledge of things we find there and for answers to questions, whether they are about events, doctrine, or anything else that can be found in the scriptures even about the scriptures as a whole. It may take some work and time, but through the simple formula of study, ponder and pray praying to ask if what we read is true, the Holy Ghost will help us to know whether what we're reading is true. Sometimes it's a feeling, sometimes a more fully-formed thought, but if we truly want to know, the Holy Ghost will tell us if it's true. This is also a wonderful way for us to learn of God and Christ and to begin to develop a relationship with them. I have received the confirmation that the scriptures are true, and the same about many things I've read in the scriptures, especially the Book of Mormon. I know that everyone who prays can receive the same answer. Show more Show less