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Hi I'm Arianna

I'm a student, a writer, and a rock climber. I celebrate life through a camera lens and with a notebook on my lap. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love adventure, star-gazing, and sitting in my backyard with a book. I wear many hats: baker, photographer, writer, graphic designer, climber, student, introvert, bookworm, daughter, sister, and friend. My dreams include traveling, visiting Yosemite, having a novel published, and seeing my family happy. I drink rootbeer milk, pretend to understand politics, ooh and aww over baby animals, watch Star Wars, and dream about living in the mountains. I also love my Savior, Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

If I wanted to, I could say that I'm a Mormon because I grew up in an LDS family. I've really not had much exposure to anything else. But that's not the reason why I continue to be a Mormon. I am a Mormon because I know with all of my heart that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is true. I have felt God's love so many times through attending church meetings, reading my Book of Mormon, and serving Him. I am a Mormon because I know that President Thomas S. Monson is a true prophet of God. He speaks directly for the Lord, and He tells us what we need to hear. I could not deny the Spirit I have felt through my affiliation with His Church. It warms my soul and helps me to understand. It gives me faith and hope and love when I most need it. When I take the bread and water every week in remembrance of Him, I feel so much peace and love. I know that I am a child of God and that He loves me, that He sent His Son to die for me. He's the only way for us to live happily with our Father in Heaven in the next life. I am a Mormon because it is right. I know it.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by actively seeking the experiences that confirm it. Early in the morning, usually once a week, I'll attend the temple. There is no place on this earth that pauses your internal conflicts and struggles and fills you with peace like the temple. Within its walls, families are bound together for eternity and the work of our Heavenly Father progresses. He blesses me every time I go. I live my faith by regularly partaking of the Sacrament and trying to live worthy of the Atonement. Understanding the Atonement is difficult, even for someone who's been learning about it their entire life; however, the Atonement of Jesus Christ is as real and healing as we could say modern medicine is. It moves us to our knees, to our Heavenly Father. It works within us and changes us until we become more similar to the divinity that we were created to become. Jesus Christ not only saves us with his Atonement, but he protects us and perfects us. I live my faith by making my religious education just as much, if not more of a priority than my secular education. As a college student, it's easy to hear conflicting ideas of truth on a daily basis. We are told how to think, how to question, and how to not conform rather than how to be good people. For me, it's impossible to go to school without taking an Institute class. In those classes, I learn truth for myself and realize that my confidence rests in my Heavenly Father. I live my faith by loving it, and love it by cleaving to it.

In whom should we have faith?

I was once told that faith ceases to exist when there is nothing to have faith in. True faith is the faith that we put in God and His Son, Jesus Christ. In a world where we have so many voices speaking out and trying to tell us what we should be doing, our only constant is the example of Christ and our Heavenly Father. They know what direction we will take, what direction we should take, and what direction we overlook. Christ should always be our source of faith. He knows us sometimes more than we know ourselves, and He will help. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Faith is what exists when you stop being afraid. Faith is when times are hard, and yet you know that you'll be alright. It's a feeling of hope and joy and belief. When you have faith, you no longer concentrate on the things that could go wrong or the things that are going wrong. You concentrate on being happy and hopeful. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Testimony is something that is firm. It's a resolve and an example. A testimony is faith. For example, I have faith that I am a child of God and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the only true church on earth. A testimony can be said silently or outloud. It's when we share our conviction. I know this church is true and I know that Christ suffered and died for me. That is a testimony. Show more Show less