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Hi I'm Ayris Joan

I am a working college student, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Ayris, and I am a 23 year old college student, currently attending Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. I am majoring in Human Development, and at this point I would just like to graduate! Eventually I hope to be a wife and mother, and I'm sure my time will come soon; I mean, I am dating the most wonderful man a girl could ask for, and maybe one of these days he will propose (love you, hun)! I grew up in Washington state, but have had as many addresses as I am years old - how many people can say that? I love my family more than anything. I am proud to have a brother serving a full-time mission for the church; he is one of my best friends and such an example to me. I love a good TV show (movies too). I have learn to love books over the last year or two. I was always an active child; Gymnastics, Soccer, Dance Team, Track and Field, Show Choir, Wrestling, Study Body. I have found that I function better when I throw myself into many situations and stay busy. Life is hectic, and I live each day as it comes. Sometimes I falter, but imperfections are part of what make each of us who we are. Never let go. Do not stop. Keep going. The church is true, and I would be lost without it.

Why I am a Mormon

I have always been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but I have had my fair share of trials and struggles in life. Bad things happen to good people, no matter where you are in life - and I am a witness of that. I have poured my heart out and cried many tears to my Heavenly Father. I know that no one can hear or answer our prayers like He can. Turning to, trusting in, and leaning on His ample arm has given me strength in ways I cannot describe. I know Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are real. They are there for each of us, they know us, and they love us. I am scared to be alone, but with the knowledge I have of their existence, I do not fear. I have not gotten that feeling with anything else in my life. That is why I am a Mormon. Where else can you go to find that love, peace, and joy in your life? I am grateful for my loving Heavenly Father and for the sacrifice and suffering of His son Jesus Christ. I would be lost without this church, this gospel, and their love and guidance in my life. The Church is true brothers and sisters. I know that if you pray to Heavenly Father, with real intent, you can and will receive the same answers I have. Come unto Christ. His arms are outstretched toward you, and He will catch you when you turn to Him. And that is the greatest feeling. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

How I live my faith

Each day brings new trials and hardships, but there are a few things I do consistently that assist in my being able to keep holding on. 1. I strive to keep the Sabbath day holy. In today's day and age I think we get so wrapped in in school and work and everything else, that we don't take time to relax. Sunday is my one day to set aside my "worldly" concerns and focus on the Savior, His life, and how I can become better through him. 2. I love to see the temple! I go to the temple often (sometimes with my boyfriend) and it is the best thing! The temple has changed my life in so many ways, and the blessings that have come from going are more than I could have ever asked for in this life. 3. Daily scripture study and prayer. I will admit, I am often a slacker at this but I know that when I fully commit myself to studying the word of the Lord and include thoughtful prayers, my burdens are lifted, I am guided in daily decisions, and I feel a strength and power that keeps me focused on what is most important. 4. One more thing I work on is putting Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ first in my life. I know that we all have our varying circumstances, but more than that I know that they can help us along the way. They are my guiding light, my anchor in the storms, and the helping hands that lift me when I need it most. I encourage all to turn to them in ALL things, because they truly can (and do) work miracles.