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Hi I'm Veronica

I am a Florida Gator. I am an elementary school teacher. I am a daughter. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I graduated from the University of Florida with my Masters Degree in elementary education. I have been teaching for four years. I enjoy crafting, Pinterest, singing and being with my family and friends. I am a convert to the church and I currently serve as the Relief Society President in my YSA ward.

Why I am a Mormon

It's been 9 years since I was baptized and I still have a strong testimony of the church and of the restored gospel. I've had my trials and downhill moments but I've always known that Heavenly Father is right there waiting to pick me up and welcome me back with open arms. I believe in the power of the priesthood to guide and direct us as members of the church. I am grateful for the men who live righteously to be able hold the priesthood and bless me as a single sister who is the only member in her family. I'm grateful for the scriptures and the insight I gain when I read them. Sometimes it's just a simple line that gives me peace and sometimes they are an answer to a prayer or a question I've been pondering. I'm extremely grateful for modern day revelation through the mouths of our prophet and the apostles. I know that they are men called of God to lead and guide us as a church. I feel the spirit so strongly when they speak and I'm always in awe of how many prayers and questions are answered through their talks in General Conference. I am grateful for the Relief Society program. I love being able to meet with such wonderful groups of sisters each Sunday. They bring strength and joy to my life. I am grateful for my family who stand by me even when they may not see eye to eye with the path I have chosen for myself. My family truly led me to this church. My parents have raised me to be the woman I am today and the values they instilled in me growing up were in line with the teachings of the church. I am grateful for our Savior Jesus Christ who gave his life so that we might live and have the opportunity to live and to learn and to grow. I'm grateful for his atonement which allows us to seek forgiveness for our sins. I'm grateful for the trials and the hard times I've gone through because I know they have only made me stronger.

How I live my faith

I was introduced to the LDS faith during my junior year of high school. I worked as a camp counselor with two friends who were Mormon. They invited me to church one Sunday to hear them sing and I just kept going back. I felt comfortable in the church. For the first time I felt like I belonged. I enjoyed the fact that the members of the church were the ones at the podium speaking on various subjects. It was wonderful to see so many members being truly active in the church in various positions. I investigated the church for a year before I finally decided to be baptized. I knew all along that the church was true but I wanted to wait so that my parents would feel more comfortable with my decision. I was baptized and confirmed a member of the church by one of the friends who introduced me to it in the first place. Soon after being baptized I moved away to college. I met many wonderful people including a senior missionary couple who made sure I was welcomed into the Institute program classes on gospel topics for young single adults. My testimony of the church was strengthened by each person I met and I was able to learn and grow as a new member of the church. My newest calling in the church is as the first counselor in our young single adult relief society. The Relief Society is an organization for women 18 and older. I am grateful for this opportunity to serve the women in my ward. They have so much strength and compassion and I look forward to learning a lot from them. I have also served in many other callings in the church. Each of these callings has taught me so much about the gospel and about myself.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

No. Mormons help many people in need throughout the world that are not of our faith. The church operates storehouses where people in need may go to receive food. I was able to visit a site in Salt Lake City, Utah called Welfare Square where the church operates a cannery, bakery, dairy, thrift store and houses grain silos. While most of these items go to needy members of the church much of the food and supplies is also distributed to other organization that help those in need. The spirit that I felt when touring Welfare Square was amazing. As I listened to the sister missionaries discuss the purpose of Welfare Square I felt the Spirit testify to me of the holy work that was going on there. So many people work and volunteer there to help those who are less fortunate. I can say without reservation that the Church's welfare program is organized and directed by our loving Heavenly Father. He knows our needs and he establishes systems and organizations on the earth to provide for those needs. The Church is also very active in relief efforts after major disasters. "Mormon Helping Hands" members of the church have been active in clean ups in relief efforts in the aftermath of hurricanes in my region of the United States as well as after other major natural disasters like the earthquakes in Haiti. Volunteers from the church also work in their communities of various service projects to serve the community. Show more Show less