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Hi I'm Mariah

I am a lover of a beauty, creativity, and anyone who can make me laugh.. and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi, my name is Mariah, I'm 25 years old and live in Fullerton California with my husband and our recently acquired dwarf bunny who is hoping on my keyboard as I write this. We are doing the poor newlywed thing and live in a tiny one bedroom apartment in Fullerton while my husband goes to school to finish his degree in Communications and Marketing. He is currently starting a coupon business with his dad and we are crossing our fingers that it will be a success so the "poor newly wed thing" doesn't have to go on too much longer. I am originally from Utah and went to school up there and graduated in Exercise Science. We moved to Orange County when we got married a little over a year ago and love being tourists in our own state. There is so much to see here from the beach to L.A to museums, festivals, and great hole in the wall eateries. We love it all. I am an aspiring in the loosest sense of the word photographer who loves to take pictures and enjoy the beauties of this great state. I love anything that involves a lot of people and trying new things including traveling to new places, trying new foods, and experiencing new things. I wanted to make this profile so that people could see that Mormons are a lot more like them than they think.

Why I am a Mormon

In making this profile, I thought, I don't really have an inspiring conversion story or earthshaking experiences that have kept me believing what I believe, but what I do have is a sure witness that this is the Lord's church, and that I know my purpose in life. Everyday, I see people who go through this life doing the best they can. People who don't really know what they are doing here on this earth or what their purpose is in life. What I have found, is that for many of these people, there is something missing. They often find themselves thinking there must be more to life than what they are doing or know. That is where the gospel of Jesus Christ can begin to bless their lives. That is where it has blessed mine. Because of my belief that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God who restored Christ's same gospel here on earth, I believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God in addition to the bible. Reading it helps me to understand things like what happens when we die, what was the fall of Adam and Eve really all about, why do bad things happen to good people, who is Jesus Christ and what is His role in MY life? Who does God want me to be? I know why I am here. I am happy. I feel the blessings of obeying God's commandments every day. For me, it fills in the blanks. It gives me purpose in life. I love being able to go to church with the same group of people every week where they know me and care about me. I love being part of a church that is centered around service. I actually served a mission in Guatemala and saw people's lives and family's lives change as they accepted these truths and made appropriate changes in their lives. I had people tell me they felt hope for the first time in their lives. I saw changes in their countenances and people come together for a greater cause. Now, as a returned missionary, I talk to those around me about what I believe in as a Mormon and see that it is different than anything else our there. As I see the world around me suffer with things like alcoholism, drug abuse and illegitimate children, my testimony grows of the importance of things like not having sex out of wedlock and abstaining from drugs and alcohol. I know members of the Mormon church are by no means perfect, but I know that as we apply the teachings of the gospel of Jesus Christ and what our prophets and apostles teach us, we can find true happiness. So can anyone else who is looking.

How I live my faith

 I participate in my ward anyway they ask me to! From teaching the youth to feeding the missionaries to helping my husband in his calling, I try to be there when they need someone to help out.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Mariah
What are Mormon women like? They are some of the most hardworking people I know. As member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, we are all about service. You may or may not know that all callings in our church are done on a voluntary basis. They are called by their authorities for their position, but there is no compensation for their services. This makes for very busy men and women. I will give the example of my mom When I was growing up, she was a very involved mother of five who also served in the Young Women's Program She was very involved in that as well as here children's needs in school, extra curricular activities and their church activities. She, like all woman in the church, was a visiting teacher meaning she was assigned two to three woman at all times that she was to visit monthly in order to build relationships and take care of their needs. In this way, all Latter Day Saint women can be accounted for and any needs they may have can be taken care of. In addition to formal callings, she was also involved in preparing meals for families who had new babies or sick members or who were going through hard times as well as helping out young moms who needed a break from their young children or whatever else she could do to help out. Latter Day Saint woman are taught to be service oriented, compassionate people who take care of those around them. As far as equality of men and woman, yes we do believe whole-heartedly that neither husband nor wife is above the other but that they should walk side by side through this life. We believe that they both have important roles in this life in which they should help and support each other. They make decisions about the home and family together and decide what is best for their particular situation. The majority of Latter day saint woman whom I am acquainted with are strong, independent woman who are sure of their purpose here on earth and who strive to make this world better one small act of kindness at a time. Show more Show less