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Hi I'm Mariah

I enjoy writing and running. I play the violin. I love Jane Austen-esque books and movies. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I have a mom and a dad. I have an older sister, two younger brothers, and a little sister. One of my brothers was diagnosed with Leukemia when he was 18 months old. My little sister has Down's syndrome. I love spending time with my family and laughing at all the jokes we have. We do some pretty funny things when we're all together. :) I enjoy spending time with my friends, watching BBC movies, reading, running, and spending time outside. I love learning and discovering new things. I like getting to know people and visiting new places. I am currently serving a mission for the LDS Church in the Philippines! Serving a mission has always been one of my biggest goals and dreams - I am excited that it is now a reality!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into an LDS family and have grown up learning about the Gospel at church and at home. I've had questions about different parts of the Gospel throughout my life, but there are some things I have always known and many others that I have come to know through life's experiences. I know I am a daughter of Heavenly Father and that He loves me. I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior and has experienced all my pains and suffered for my sins. I believe in modern-day revelation because I know God is a loving God and wants His children to return to Him - He wouldn't leave us here to struggle on earth with no sense of direction or purpose. I have read The Book of Mormon multiple times and when I read it I feel peace. The words I study in the scriptures inspire me to try harder and become better. I have found that I am just happier when I read my scriptures, pray every day, and try to live the way Christ did. I am a Mormon because I believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Life is often hard and confusing, but I learn 'plain and precious truths' as I go to church and listen to the words of prophets, and these truths help me to work through challenges and find happiness. I make a lot of mistakes, but the wonderful thing is that I can keep trying and know that because Christ suffered for me, His grace and unconditional love will make up the difference! I'm a Mormon because living the Gospel brings me closer to Christ, and I am trying to be like Him.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to do what Jesus did. I have had the opportunity to serve in various leadership positions, and I've been learning how important it is to care for the one - to 'lift up the hands that hang down.' I listen to others and try to understand them because I know they are children of God. I live my faith through service. I used to make my mom a bracelet every year - one of the ones that have the beads with "WWJD" - 'What would Jesus do?' I often turn to that idea when I need to make a choice and then do what I believe is right. I live my faith by sharing it with others. Christianity isn't just a classification to me - it's a lifestyle. I try to be my best self and live with integrity wherever I am. I avoid places and situations that could lead me to make bad choices, and I always try to do the right thing. When I mess up, I just keep trying. I strive to keep the commandments the Lord has given and live as He would have me live. I am currently living my faith to a greater extent by leaving my family, friends, and home for eighteen months as I serve as a missionary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Philippines. I am WAAAYYY out of my comfort zone as I learn to speak Tagalog and as I prepare to go to a different country, but I'm willing and eager to do it because I know the gospel of Jesus Christ can bless others' lives. I want to show my faith by serving Heavenly Father and His children.

In whom should we have faith?

I've been studying faith a lot lately, and I really like looking at faith as having confidence in something or someone. In order to return to live with our Heavenly Father we need to have faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement. When Christ is the center of my life and I strive to be faithful to Him, everything else falls into place. Having faith in Christ doesn't mean we have any less trials than we would otherwise, but it does mean that we can share our burdens with Christ and that is such a comforting thought. We should have faith in Christ because He loves us and He is perfect. If we want to live with Him again then we need to believe in His words and follow His example. Show more Show less