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Hi I'm Denise

I grew up in Southern California. I go to school, work, travel and live life. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I currently go to college away from home and am studying to be a screenwriter. I'm single and so I spend a lot of time with friends hanging out, listening to all types of music, going on adventures, hiking, watching movies (I'm a bit of a movie buff), going out to eat and an occasional dance. I love to travel and see other cultures. I like to read, go biking and go for walks. I volunteer at a camp every summer and try to go home to see my family whenever I can. Lastly, as a true California girl I'm always thinking about the beach or Disneyland.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the church. But, like all things, there comes a point in time when my faith was tested and it was time to see if this was what I really believed. While I was in my later teens it seemed like bad things were happening all around me. Some huge and life changing others small and meaningless. Either way it was time to look deep inside myself. "And my soul hungered; and I kneeled down before my Maker, and I cried unto Him in mighty prayer and supplication for mine own soul." (Enos 1:4) It was as if I was reading this from my own life story. I trusted in God to help me find the truth and He did. It was shortly thereafter that I found myself quoting doctrine and scripture and truly believing and knowing it to be true. A great desire and reassurance was felt deep inside. As I get older and more problems arise, I have faith that if I counsel and pray to my Father in Heaven, He will guide me and show me what it is He wants me to do, and where He wants me to go. It isn't always easy, but I find that if I follow Him I will be happier with my decisions. Even in my saddest of times, I know that My Savior and Brother Jesus Christ, through the Atonement, knows what I'm feeling and can comfort me through the power of The Holy Ghost. There's something so peaceful and reassuring about life when I live the Gospel right. No matter what goals I'm trying to reach, or problems I need to solve, I know it will work out all right. That everything has it's purpose. That there's a bigger picture. I know that my Father in Heaven and His Son Jesus Christ live. I know that they know me by name and that they love me. And that they will continually teach me what it is I need to know whether it is through my own personal revelation or that from his living Prophet and Apostles. I love Him and His Son and am so thankful for the small life that I lead and the simple testimony I have. I will treasure it always.

How I live my faith

I'm fortunate enough to help organize trips to the Temple and to help others learn more about it. I also get to visit women in the church that I don't know and become better acquainted with them on a friend level as well as a Gospel level. Most importantly I carry a prayer in my heart everyday so that I can see everyone through Heaven's eyes and that I can behold that magnificent beauty of this Earth that God has so lovingly created for us. I live with a feeling of gratitude and a desire to share my joy with others.

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

It's important to be prepared for emergencies so that we can not only help our family, but others as well. I like to compare it to a plane when you hear the safety instructions and it tells you to first put on your own mask and then to help assist the child with his/her mask. We need to make sure we are secure and able to to help before helping others so as to not add further problems. How would we be able to help others with needs if we have to worry about our own? And in being prepared it naturally makes us self reliant so that we can have more personal independence, which helps with the work environment or economy and communities so that we can better serve and make ample contributions. We will all stand tall individually but together as one like trees in a forest. Show more Show less