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Hi I'm Ayana Cleveland

If I were a candy I'd be Snickers because I'm a little nutty! I am an environmental scientist and I love my family.

About Me

I'm a recent graduate of Washington State University (GO COUGS!) in Environmental Science and a Geology minor. I was able to graduate in three years because of my involvement in the International Baccalaureate program in high school. My internships at the Environmental Ed. Association of Washington, the Idaho National Laboratory and with WSU Wheat Genetics have rounded off my education. I adore music and the outdoors. The beauty of the world around me serves as inspiration as well as teacher. I find the science behind the natural world helps me better understand God, as I grow closer to Him through spiritual endeavors, I also draw closer to Him as I learn about His great creation - the earth and humankind. Science and religion has helped me to understand the immutability of God's laws and how they require not just faith but to balance faith with reason.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a "Mormon" because as I studied and prayed about the truths I was taught I received an answer from Almighty God. He heard my simple prayer and answered it with peace in my heart and assurance in my mind that He was there and knew me personally. This pattern of receiving direction in my life has helped me face all that the world has to offer. The gospel’s central purpose is to become. Knowing I can continually progress by leaving the past behind me and looking forward with a brightness of hope allows me to live life more fully. I know that the principles taught in the Book of Mormon are true because I have read it, thought about it, then applied them in my life and it brought me increased happiness. This gospel is real because by living it fully, I have seen not only my own life changed, but the lives of those around me.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by living! I live a regular life, going to work, helping at home and volunteering where I can. Living life as a mormon is just life. The only difference is small daily acitivities that fortify my character and maintain my perspective. I try to pray daily. Starting my day off thinking about God and my relationship with him helps center my day. I remember I am His daughter, that He loves me and I can accomplish anything with His help. Remembering that this life is a journey rather than an event makes it easier to love where I am and find joy. I also try to read my scriptures each day. I not only get to pray to God but read about His relationship with His other children through the scriptures. Reading about others and how God communicated with them helps me understand who He is and how He speaks to me. Being able to receive regular direction in my life brings a calm assurance of the reality that God knows us personally and is in the detail of our lives. If we do not know this for ourselves, we need only to try it. We need only take a small step of faith.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Ayana Cleveland
We believe that everyone should have the oppotunity to know God. We believe in justice and mercy. No matter your circumstance, your race, your religion or economic standing. Everyone should have equal opportunities. We want to offer those who have passed from this life the opportunity to hear the message of Christ's atonement and the chance to accept it. We believe people consist of two parts: the spirit and the body. The spirit is eternal and existed before this life and will continue after this mortal experience. Since we know that there are necessary ordinances to recieve salvation that have to be done with the body. We perform these ordinances, such as baptism, for those who do not have bodies. Once these ordinances are performed their spirits have the opportunity to accept the gospel and have the necessary ordinances available to them. In this way mercy can be satisfied to everyone. Everyone has the opportunity to hear the message of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less