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Hi I'm Vanessa

I love life. I have a passion for dancing, music and learning. I am a daughter, a student, a future doctor and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a student at the University here and I am studying nutrition with a plan to go to med school. I want to study and become an obstetrician. I am the youngest in my family and and I love to do a variety of things. I have a passion for school, yes I am a nerd, and I love learning; which is good because I have a lot of school ahead of me. :) I play two instruments, the violin and the harp, and I am working on learning the piano. I love the outdoors like hiking and camping, and I love to just go on drives and take walks. Yet, I am still such a girly girl and I love dressing up and I am obsessed with fancy shoes. I also dance. I have formally taken Ballet, Tap, Latin, swing, and ballroom, Belly dance, and currently I am in a dancing group and we perform the Hula, Tahitian, and some traditional Filipino dances. I love doing service and being a part of groups that participate in community service. In high school I was in Best Buddies which I loved. I really learned to appreciate those with mental and physical disabilities. I love my family, despite our family quirks, and I think that I have a truly amazing family. One of my favorite ways to relax is by watching movies, especially older ones with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Also I love to cook, when I need a break from studying I will just go straight to the kitchen and cook or bake this giant meal, no matter what time it is. Lastly, I love being a part of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family who already were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, yet I had to decide on my own whether or not to live the gospel. Early on I was able to experience the blessings of the gospel in my home by having a loving family, a home centered on Christ, and the blessing of having the priesthood in my home. It was in junior high that I started to experience my first struggles in being a member. I remember drifting away from the standards I had kept all my life, mostly because I wanted to be like my friends; people I thought were the cool people on campus. It took me a while, but I soon realized that I wasn't happy. I felt angry all the time, and my family started to bug me. I had stopped caring about things I used to enjoy, I had turned into somebody I did not recognize. One day especially I was just angry and it hit me how much I had changed, and I knew it was because I was losing my testimony of the church. It was then I gained a desire to gain my own testimony and I started to study my scriptures and to really try and understand the gospel. What a difference. I became somebody better than I was before because I really got to know my Heavenly Father and my Savior, Jesus Christ. I felt so much love for those around me, I was on cloud nine everyday, I developed a testimony of the gospel. I can't help but smile thinking about what light came into my life then. My life hasn't been easy, but I can still say I love my life. I have days, weeks or even whole semesters when I feel I am walking uphill pushing a boulder, but what comfort I feel to I know that I am not alone. I know my Savior loves me, and no matter what trials I go through be it emotional, mental, or physical I know that I can turn to my loving Heavenly Father and my Savior and through the Atonement I will feel relief. I love my Savior and I am so grateful for His sacrifice, and everyday I have hope that my life can always get better. I know that this is His church.

How I live my faith

I live my faith first by always putting my Heavenly Father first. I do this because I know this is the only way to organize my chaotic life, and the only way for me to be truly happy. So I try to always start the day with a prayer, and when I dress I ask myself if I saw the Savior today, would I be embarrased? That helps me be modest, which for me is important because it shows the respect I have for myself and it gives me confidance. In the morning, typically after my really early morning class, I devote about 20-30 minutes to study the gospel, be it the scriptures, general conference, or talks given to us by our inspired leaders. Throughout the day I try to always keep Christ on my mind, and when a dirty thought or word tries to wiggle its way inside my head I replace the thought immediately which something good, like a hymn or just a happy thought. I ask for a lot of help thoughout the day. Each day feels like a new challenge, and there is not an accomplishment that I have that I cannot say I did not have some Heavenly help achieving. I do my best in seeing the good in others, and finding love for others in my heart. Which in college is not a very easy thing to do, but I know I need to. I also look for opportunites to help someone around me, whether it is actually helping someone with an assignment, or just being a good friend and listener. Sundays are the Sabbath days, and I try to do my best in devoting my time to learning of the Savior. I study my scriptures, ponder how I am living my life, and I spend the day with my family and I feel very close to both my earthly and Heavenly family. At church, I try to get to know those in my ward, and serve them by fulfilling my church calling. I cannot even begin to claim to have an easy or calm life, but I do know that when I put my Heavenly Father first and I do not let anything get in the way of me living the gospel or my relationship with my Father and Savior then I have an excellent life.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

A testimony is basically having a personal knowlege of something through persoanl revelation from God. So beliveing in something not because your parents do, or because it is popular belief, but because God has revealed to you though the Holy Ghost that it is true. We, as Mormons, believe it is important to ask God for a testimony of things that we learn. So first it is important to ask God if He really exists, and if His son came to earth and Atoned for all our sins. It is also important to have a testimony of the Bible and Book of Mormon. The more you learn, the more you have the opportunity to gain a personal knowlege of something, so one day you can say, for example, I know that Thomas S. Monson is a prophet of God, which I know He is. Show more Show less