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Hi I'm Azya Ladd

I'm a geek, a singer, a dancer, a linguist, and a Mormon

About Me

I am the oldest of three and the only daughter in my family. I am the one in the family that loves languages and thinks that monolingualism is a disease that should be cured. So obviously I am studying linguistics at BYU. I'm one of THOSE people. You know the type. I get really excited about silly things (Doctor Who, Disney, Sherlock, Musicals...you get the idea). I jump at any chance I get to talk to other Spanish speakers and avoid playing the piano in public (I've played since I was five, but I have ridiculously talented friends.) I love to do ballroom and have very firm opinions about what actually counts as ballroom dancing. And above all else I love to sing and be with my friends (if I can combine all of the above I am a VERY happy camper) I served a mission in Utica New York until I got sick and had to come home, but I know without a shadow of a doubt that this church is the only true and complete church on the earth today.

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints when I was 8 years old. I didn't realize the depth of my conversion until I was sixteen years old, anorexic, and hospitalized for a severe case of Celiac Disease. I was at rock bottom. That was when I realised the depth of my love for the Savior Jesus Christ. I remember sitting in the hospital room listening to music on my YouTube playlist when the song How Firm a Foundation came on. I remember one verse in particular struck me: "In every condition, in sickness, in health...as thy days may demand so thy succor shall be" I realized that I was not as alone as I thought. That same verse helped me when I found out that I had to come home from my mission and realized that I would not be returning. I know that the Lord lives and that he loves all of his children no matter what they are going through.

How I live my faith

Living my faith is (frankly) not that hard. Every day I "try a little harder to be a little better," as a modern-day prophet, President Gordon B Hinkley advised. This means that I do my best to abide by the Ten Commandments as set out in the Bible. It means that I respect the body I was given enough to cover it properly (an extra incentive being that I am REALLY pale and hate sunburn) and avoid things that I know will harm me (I'm looking at you, booze, tobacco, coffee and tea -- I don't need the addictions thanks!). And if I mess up (as everyone does) then I know that I can turn to my Savior Jesus Christ and repent, or ask forgiveness, for what I did wrong. When you get down to it, my faith isn't a religion, it's a lifestyle that brings lasting joy as I serve and am served.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Azya Ladd
Mormon church services are actually really fun! (Yes, they are three hours, but they are TOTALLY worth the time!) The typical schedule goes something like this: Sacrament meeting for the first hour in which we sing hymns, pray together (the prayers are offered by whomever the bishop--pastor--has asked to pray), take the sacrament (a lot like communion), and listen to speakers (also members, we are usually assigned a topic and then research it and share what we have learned.). The second block of time is when we break into Sunday School classes. These are offered by age groups for youth beginning at age 12, and then there are a couple places for adults to go. Children younger than 12 but older than 3 go to a magical place called Primary where they are given lessons about the scriptures. (I really loved Primary, if you can't tell) and toddlers go to Nursery (five minute lesson, snack, and playtime!) The final block of time is also based on age: Toddlers are still playing in nursery, 3-11 year olds are in Primary (at this point, they are probably singing.), Men and boys ages 12+ got to their Preisthood meetings, while Young Women go to Young Women's meeting. Women older than 18 go to Relief Society. People are ALWAYS encouraged to come! Why? Well if not for the awesome people, and the wonderful spirit, I suppose that the fact that the Church is true is a good enough reason, no? Feel free to (figuratively) pull up a chair and stay a while! Show more Show less