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Hi I'm Tricia

I love to travel and experience cultures around the world. I'm an ecologist and a Red Cross volunteer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My favorite thing to do is to travel to far flung places. I've traveled to 11 countries outside of the U.S. so far and I love seeing the history and culture of places far from my home and enjoying not only our differences, but also our similarities. My best friend, who shares my passion for travel, is also single so we often travel together and I enjoy her company and perspective. I live near much of my family and I love spending time with them - working with my Dad on my house or taking my nieces and nephews out for a one-on-one "date" and listening to the stories from their young lives. I recently started volunteering with the Red Cross; those people are amazing and I enjoy every minute I spend working with them and helping people affected by a disaster. When I'm not in a total rush in the morning, I love reading a great book over breakfast and ending the day with a little Jeeves and Wooster or other British comedy.

Why I am a Mormon

The gospel gives me perspective. We all experience difficulties but these things, although hard to bear sometimes, are but moments in eternity. I know that this life is a training ground where we can exercise our agency and our faith to become more like our Heavenly Father. The trials we go through can always be to our good - our growth and development - by teaching us to endure in patience and faith, to trust in God and lean not unto our own understanding. The more I align my will with Heavenly Father's - the more I feel the course of my life is acceptable to Him - the easier it is to bear up under the trials that beset me at times. I have also found that having a strong relationship with God through prayer and study provides extra strength and comfort during trials. The teachings of the Church also help me grow closer to my Savior, Jesus Christ, and to understand more of the love He has for each of us. He is my exemplar, the perfect example of faith, humility, love, charity and submission to God's will. It is my goal to live my life each day to be a fraction more like Him.

How I live my faith

I try to show my love and faith in my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ by showing love to those around me. Right now, in addition to my volunteer work with the Red Cross, I also lead a group of 10 and 11 year old girls in setting and achieving goals and increasing our personal growth. I am also working on finding spontaneous opportunities for service. Sometimes, it is easier to serve on a set schedule than to accept those unscheduled moments of service. But I think by that very reasoning, taking those opportunities can be very powerful not only for the one served but also for the one providing the service. I've often thought there is no such thing as selfless service because I always feel like I've received so much more than I have given.