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Hi I'm Arianna Russell

I am constantly getting questioned about my faith. I'm a full-time missionary in Atlanta Georgia. I'm a Mormon & I'm Black.

About Me

I'm nineteen years old. I was born and raised in Arizona! I have loved growing up here. It has been amazing to see the growth of the church over the years! A little bit about me, You can always find me dancing and singing anywhere! I love to spend time with my family, do Zumba, eating( of course) and go hiking! I attended NAU for a semester and then decided that I wasn't living to my full potential so I prayed and my answer was to serve a mission. I will report March 25th and I will be serving in Atlanta, Georgia. I cannot wait to serve and teach people about Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I am grateful for the life I have been given but most of my trials and conflict have come from me being a member of the church. From a young age I was told what I believed wasn't true and that I didn't belong in such a religion because I was African American. My parents were divorced then remarried and for a while I went back and forth to the different religions. My father is a Non-denominational Christian and my Mom converted to LDS soon after she married my stepdad( who was a return missionary). I had a time in my life where I had to choose which church I should attend and feel the most comfortable with. I prayed and looked to Joseph Smith as a role model as to what my next steps should be. I felt in my heart that continuing to practice the LDS faith was the right choice for me, but some were not supportive of my decision. In 2008 I lost my sister and that really shook my faith. I turned to the scriptures and now I have such a strong testimony of the plan of salvation. It came a time in my life when I had to decide whether I would choose my father or my religion. I knew in my heart that I would feel so empty inside if I didn't have my religion, regardless what other people thought. I wont let family, trends, fads, or temptations get in my way of having a relationship with my heavenly father and my savior. I am a Mormon. I know it. I live it. I love it.

How I live my faith

I am currently teaching the 8 turning 9 year olds at church. It is definitely not an easy task but it is very rewarding. They are so in tune with the spirit and know their Savior so much. It is so amazing to see their testimonies shine through every word they speak. I am loving the opportunity to see the glow the have after being baptized. I am also a visiting teacher and I will be a full-time missionary real soon (:

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Arianna Russell
Our Heavenly Father loves us so much and we know that to be true because he continues to give us direction and counsel through prophets. Joseph Smith, who restored the Book of Mormon was given counsel from the lord, just as many of the prophets in the bible. He was commanded to write down what the lord told him and the Lord revealed to Joseph Smith the Word of Wisdom. It is a law to keep us spiritually and physically healthy and alert to follow the Savior and his teachings fully. We are directed " if ye love me keep my commandments" and we know that if we follow the counsel he gives us we will be blessed. We do know that majority of the substances that we are directed to stay away from are very addictive and can be harmful. I know that when we follow the direction and guidance from the Lord through our modern day prophets we will be blessed immensely, even if we don't understand why those substances may be harmful. The Lord loves us and would never give us a commandment we couldn't keep. (: Show more Show less