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Hi I'm Shareeta

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a developing spirit! I've grown into my own as a member of the Mormon faith, and deeply connected to my roots among the Mormon pioneer heritage, but with all the beauty and mystery of Indian ancestry as well. I have a strong testimony of the amazing application of all the principles of the LDS faith and a testimony of finding truth, wonder and spirit in all things. I practice ayurveda and yoga as a means of reconnecting with my ancestors and trying to connect with my people, but mostly to connect with my deepest self. I love to move my body - it's a beautiful place in which my spirit is templed! It does so many amazing things. Other beings are what move me and make me keep going. I want to help people. I'm patently imperfect and what a remarkable thing it is! I'm not always the best at understanding or accepting the love God has for me (it's difficult to take it in - it has such depth). I've had a fair bit of life experience for my young age, and even when it doesn't make logical sense to be grateful for my trials, I know that my Heavenly Father loves me so much and gives me everything I need in my inner (spiritual) world by those means. I'm a whole, happy person. I'm greatly blessed by the love of a divine father. I can't wait to show my Heavenly Father every day how much I love him and my human family, and I love my stumbles and follies. Broken roads often lead to good people and places, and there's no better goal than to be with my human and divine families!

Why I am a Mormon

I think my cultural and spiritual sensibilities could easily lend to the practice of many religions - there's so much spirituality to feel and enjoy in this world! I'm Mormon because, like C.S. Lewis said, "I believe in [mormonism] as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else." Mormonism is the organization by which God has given man all the tools and support necessary to work towards all truth and all perfection. It satisfies the justice of natural consequence of the universe, it satisfies the need for mercy through our remarkable Savior, Jesus Christ. It is different than other religious practice, not because of a perfected people or a perfected understanding, but because of a perfected organization directed by Heavenly Father and his beloved son, Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

Faith, without internalization and expression through the way we live, is hardly faith at all. I'm certainly not perfect, but one of the favorite ways in which I live my faith is by accepting the will of my Heavenly Father and not resisting his plans for me. I'm pretty stubborn, he really puts up with a lot! But I love to surrender to my God, it's a great relief to not be responsible for everything. I allow the power of the Holy Ghost to come into my life, I try to invite it as much and as powerfully as I can. I love to serve in the enlightened organization which is the LDS church - my volunteer responsibilities within my congregation are always in line with what I most need to learn. It's pretty amazing.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

This is an interesting question for me - I've considered serving and have many friends who are serving. Young men are expected to serve a two year mission, but young women have an option. Personally, I appreciate that I can go to the scriptures and receive revelation. I received a very clear "no" to my question, "Should I go on a mission?" I have faith the Heavenly Father has other things in store for me. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Everything we have is a gift from Heavenly Father. This principle is one example of using the one thing that's truly ours - our will - to show our Heavenly Father that we want to follow him, and eventually to be with him. As I pay tithing 10 of net income, the scriptures promise that I will be blessed beyond my capacity to receive blessings. I learned about tithing from my father. He emigrated from India, leaving his family behind. When my parents were first married, he struggled to pay tithing because he knew how much help the money would be to his family in India. As he began to faithfully pay his tithes, his family found success of their own. Show more Show less