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Hi I'm Angela

I'm a student. I'm an artist. I overcame depression. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a young newlywed studying art education at Brigham Young University. I love to draw and paint, play the piano, read, bake, and dance when no one is watching. I returned in October 2011 from full-time missionary service in Paraguay, where I served for a year and a half. Beyond learning Spanish and Guarani, I learned how to love beyond my previous capacity, how to work hard, and reaffirmed my testimony of the Gospel. Before my mission, I had the wonderful opportunity to do a study abroad in Italy for 2 months, an experience I recommend to anyone.. I come from a large family compared to contemporary standards--I am the third of five children, with many nieces and nephews that I adore to pieces. I struggled with depression for a couple years, which was a great trial, but also has ironically been a rewarding learning experience, and has drawn me closer to the Savior. I now keep a blog about dealing with depression from a Christian perspective, which has been incredibly rewarding.

Why I am a Mormon

My family has always been part of this church, however, each person needs to know for themself eventually whether or not it is true. When I was fourteen, I found myself really wondering if the things I had been taught were true. I pleaded to the Lord in prayer to let me know somehow that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints really was true. I did not seem to get an answer for quite some time. Then, I went to a week-long church summer camp known as Especially For Youth. On one of the last nights, they were having a presentation, during which they displayed beautiful pictures of the various LDS temples, while a children's hymn called "I Feel My Savior's Love" was sung. As I listened to the words of the song, I felt the Holy Ghost touch my soul deeply, and I knew, nothing doubting, that the Church was true. I could feel it. My very spirit could feel it. And when I heard the words of the song sing "He knows I will follow Him, give all my life to Him," I had this deep yearning to give my all to my Savior and Redeemer, and my Heavenly Father. I am not perfect. Only Christ was. But I am dedicated to my faith, because I have received my own personal witness that it is true. There have been other times that I would doubt again, and I would pray again for reassurance, and God would send me another confirmation in one way or another. My decision to follow what I believe has made me everything that I am, has drawn me nearer to God, and helps me understand my purpose. It gives me hope during trials, and has helped me to feel my Heavenly Father's love for me.

How I live my faith

When I returned from my mission, I was called to be a Gospel Doctrine teacher for one of the Sunday School classes where I live. I was shocked, but accepted the call, which was a humbling and rewarding learning opportunity for myself. I loved that as I studied the lesson plan, I learned, and could see where I could improve. I believe that living my faith means living it even when under pressure and when no one is around to judge. I know I am not perfect and will not claim to be, but I continuously try to improve my undertading of and relationship with God, apply Christ's Atonement in my life, whether it be needing personal healing or the need to repent, and I do my best to keep the commandments that God has asked me to keep. I read out of the scriptures daily, which includes at least a chapter out of the Book of Mormon each day. This is a committment I intend to keep for the rest of my life.

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Jesus Christ is the absolute center of our faith. This is why the official name of the church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, bears His name. Everything we teach in Church leads to Christ and His Atonement. It is through Christ that we are able to repent and return to live with our Heavenly Father. It is through Christ that miracles still happen. It is through Christ that all things are possible if it be the will of God. We believe that Jesus is our Heavenly Father's eldest Son, which qualified Him to be our Savior. Mormons, or LDS members, believe that Christ, our Heavenly Father, and the Holy Ghost make of the Godhead as three distinct and separate Beings, who all work together for the same goal: to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man. They love us so much. It was out of the greatest love for us that our Savior atoned for us and died so that we might live again. There was a dark time in my life when I seriously wondered if God and Christ really loved me. After wading through that trial, I have come to absolutely know for myself that our Heavenly Father, and our elder brother Jesus Christ absolutely love us. Their love for us, unlike our love, is perfect and unconditional. I absolutely know that. It is through Christ that we obtain the strength to overcome our sins and flaws. Because Christ was resurrected, we too will one day after death reunite with our bodies, only our bodies will be perfect. Show more Show less