Hi I'm Olivia Baeza
I'm a daddy's girl. I love to smile! Country dancing is my thing. A member for 5 years. I'm serving the Lord...I'm a Mormon.
I'm 23 years old and I'm from Northern California (Bay Area). I attend Brigham Young University (BYU) where I am majoring in Family Studies and receiving a certificate in Gerontology. When I was a student at Brigham Young University of Idaho (BYUI), I had the chance of being a country dance instructor for two semesters and it was an absolute blast! I love being outside and going on long walks. I love to hang out with my friends and family and finding fun things to do. You will most likely always see me laughing and smiling. I served my mission in the Visitors Center in Los Angeles, California. Deciding to serve a mission was the best decision I have ever made, I loved it!
I'm a Mormon because of the sweet promise Heavenly Father has given us that we can be sealed to our family and spouse for time and all eternity. I was 13 years old when I was introduced to the church. A family invited us over for dinner and asked if we wanted to stay for Family Home Evening. It was that night that I wanted to be Mormon. I was an investigator for about 4 years before I joined the church because I wasn't allowed to join until I was 18. I would go to Girl's Camp, Young Women's, Trek, EFY, Mutual, anything that would bring me closer to the spirit. At 13 years old, I thought about my future family. I wanted my children to be raised in the gospel and to be born into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I wanted them to already have a life that I wish I could have had growing up. I wanted them to already be born into an eternal family and I knew that was only possible if I took that first step towards baptism. It wasn't until my junior year of high school when my parents hearts softened and they started to take the discussions again. On June 1st, 2008 I became a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the rest of my family joined the following weekend. A little over a year later, we were sealed in the temple so that we can be together forever. Before I joined the church I didn't know whether I was a daughter of God or if He even listened to my prayers. I honestly didn't even know how to pray. The reason why I know this church to be true is because of the joy it brings me. My relationship with God has been strengthened. My understanding of the Atonement has become more personal to me as I have learned how to apply it to my life. My testimony of the Bible and The Book of Mormon has given me knowledge of what is expected of me through this journey in mortality. Of course I still go through trials and heartache, but I can't imagine going through them without the knowledge that I have because of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
I show my faith by getting involved and serving others. One program that has played a huge part in my life is Special Olympics. I got involved volunteering for it when I was in 7th grade. It really opened my eyes on how each individual here on this Earth truly is a child of God and we are all striving to make it through mortality to return back to Heavenly Father. I was always amazed of the love that the participants gave me without even knowing my name. Special Olympics taught me how to "love thy neighbor" and how simple it can be. I also try to find other little ways to serve people. I have learned through my service as a missionary that I don't need to do a large project in order for it to count as doing "service." It can be something as easy as taking out my neighbor's trash or offering someone a ride home. I try really hard to look for opportunities to serve and I have seen it bless my life.