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Hi I'm Veronica

Lots of people say that I'm the happiest person they know... it's because I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I love to read and write, create art (especially through photography and Flash-based animation), watch movies (especially musicals!), and spend time with family and friends. I recently became engaged to an amazing guy! We met through church at the beginning of my freshman year. I look forward to marrying him in God's temple and spending the rest of eternity with him. :) I'm currently attending a university in northern New York. I'm majoring in Digital Arts and Sciences, with minors in math and literature.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in an LDS household and was baptized when I turned eight. Like Nephi (a Book of Mormon prophet), I was "born of goodly parents." My parents have taught my siblings and I to be compassionate and loving, to pray often, and above all, to have faith in Jesus Christ and His plan. I am so grateful to have such a wonderful family and to have been taught the principles of the gospel from a very young age. Of course, there is a difference between being born into the gospel and believing in the gospel. Sometime around the beginning of middle school, I realized that I was missing something: Primary taught me lots of things, but testimonies can't be taught, and neither can faith. I needed to know for myself if the gospel was true, and that knowledge was not going to come to me unless I asked for it. Over the next few years, I prayed and read my scriptures. I lived the commandments. I trusted my parents and church leaders. While I can't say that there was a specific, defining moment in which I gained a personal testimony, I grew to love the gospel and cherish its teachings in a way that I hadn't expected. I came to realize how blessed I was to have such beautiful truths handed to me, rather than having to search for them. I have slowly developed my faith in Jesus Christ and His true, restored gospel - and today, I could not possibly deny its truth.

How I live my faith

Sometimes it's hard to be a Mormon at a secular university. Many people misunderstand or disagree with my beliefs, and while people are not usually openly hostile about it, things can get tense. It is easy to feel lonely. There have been times when I have stood up for a moral issue and found that I was standing alone. Luckily, I have been able to meet other college-aged Mormons in my area by attending church and YSA (Young Single Adult) activities. I was recently asked to coordinate Monday night activities for the YSAs! I'm glad to have this opportunity to serve and to provide a much-needed opportunity for our small group to become closer and to strengthen each other. Daily prayer and scripture study also help me "live my faith." I was having a conversation with a sister missionary several years ago, and she compared these two things to armor. She said to me, "How are you supposed to go out into the world without that protection? How are you supposed to live righteously every day if you don't pray and read the scriptures?" She wasn't chastening me; she knew nothing about how often I was doing these things. But her words have stuck with me ever since. I pray and read in the scriptures every day because I know it will help me to have the Lord's influence with me at all times.