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Hi I'm Mariana

I'm a foreign teenager in the U.S., I'm a student, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Chile and moved to the U.S. at age 10. I am now in high school and planning for college. It's a little stressful I must admit, but I am also very excited for whatever comes next. School is my full-time job--that's what my parents have taught me and that's what I believe. I have a motto that I read somewhere on lds.org and that I have heard in talks a few times: pray as if everything depended on God; work as if everything depended on you. I might fall short of this ideal sometimes--or many times--but I love that I can keep improving.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church to my two convert parents. I have struggled a bit to feel like I KNOW, really KNOW that the gospel (and so the Book of Mormon, and all other things that that entails) is true, since I guess I expected to receive some sort of grand confirmation at once about everything. I have learned though, that my testimony of the truthfulness of the Church has grown differently: slowly and little by little. As they say using a metaphor, my testimony is like the flame of an oil lamp, and the years of trying to live according to the teachings of the LDS Chuch have added drops of oil, or faith, that have strengthened that flame. I know that Jesus Christ lives and that He died for me so I can repent and grow to become more like my Him and our Heavenly Father. I also know that being a member of this church and living its gospel has brought me the most happiness I have known. It is truly something special. And that's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I go to church on Sundays and really like the Sunday School classes there with those in my age group, and then with the Young Women of my ward. I was called to serve earlier this year as the president of my age group of Young Women, the Laurel class; though I am not anymore and have no formal calling in my ward, I know I must always try to be a good member who strives to live the gospel. I try to be an example in school: going to seminary every school day, being friendly to others, and being true to my standards (by dressing modestly and having a clean language, for example). It's hard sometimes, especially when those I know do not stick to their standards...but I love it.