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Hi I'm Aja

I'm a wife, mother, photographer, student and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born into the city of Seattle, Washington in a small, but humble birth clinic. Heritage consists of an Irish, Scottish, English, American father and a Filipino, with a spice of Spanish and Chinese mother. I grew up with rice, a second language, Filipino food, lots of family around, and karaoke. During my last two years of high school I spent my time at the community college earning my AA (which I now have) and now I continue to earn my BA in photography while minoring in business at BYU-Idaho. Since moving back out to Idaho in 2009, I met up with my husband (who I wrote for 20 months while he was serving a mission) and later got married to him the following year in April of 2010. Now, I'm an expecting mother of a little boy in February of 2012.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised into the church, but never have I thought to search, ponder or pray for the truth in things, it never crossed my mind to do so. All I knew was what we believed in, and what we would and wouldn't do. Never have I questioned the gospel, but never have I studied it. I thought I knew everything there was to know about being LDS and was always proud of what we stood for. But, it wasn't until my freshman year during seminary when my teacher announced the prophet's challenge to read the Book of Mormon before the end of 2005, when things started to change. I remember thinking to myself, "I can't, I don't have the time for it." I'm not sure what motivated me, but I eventually picked up the book and started reading in September. This is when my eyes were opened. Daily, I would sit and study the Book of Mormon. Here I proved myself wrong, I didn't know everything there was to know about the gospel, there was so much more! So much more stories, characters and lessons to be learned. I was dumbfounded. My interest for the scriptures and seminary grew. Each time I read the scriptures, they became more meaningful to me. The night of December 23, 2005 is when I finally turned the last page of the Book of Mormon. I finished and took the counsel as found in Moroni 10:4-5 and prayed asking if what I read was true. Suddenly, I was filled with peace and an overwhelming burning in my heart. I felt the spirit. It was true and had no doubt it wasn't. There I sat filled with tears of joy. I did something I told myself I couldn't, and in result, I gained a testimony. Reading my scriptures was like a domino effect. I soon found myself getting into the habit of saying my morning and night prayers, writing in my journal, fasting more often, and attending my meetings with a willing heart. All along my Savior was there waiting at the door, all I had to do was open it. Never has He left me, my prayers were always answered and my relationship with my Savior grew.

How I live my faith

I'm an active member of the church who strives my best to attend the temple as often as I can.