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Hi I'm Gidianny

I speak Spanish and Chinese, met my true-love in Beijing, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My family is mostly from Mexico, but I was born and raised in the States. I was raised speaking Spanish in San Diego and later learned English in first grade. At a very young age I grew up loving the sun, the ocean, and strongly believed in saving what I thought were endangered species, like seagulls... Our family of five later on moved to Utah, where I spent the rest of my childhood and teenage years. I love Utah and what it has to offer: mountains, the great outdoors, close-knit communities, and good friends. When I was thirteen I took my first Chinese class and have been studying Chinese ever since. I had an amazing teacher who became an important role model to me. Her students, including me, are still very much involved in the world of Chinese. Once in college I continued my language studies, and finished my Chinese minor in Beijing, where I met my husband. He proposed to me while still on the study abroad, and four months after being back in the States we were married in the temple where we covenanted to be married for eternity! Yes, that is a LONG time, and I wouldn't want it any other way; I can't imagine my life without my husband by my side. We love cycling, hiking, cooking Mexican and Chinese food, road trips, visiting our family and relatives, traveling, kayaking, and working on projects together.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was fourteen, I read the entire Book of Mormon for the first time. As I was reading in 3rd Nephi, I couldn't stop reading. I read past midnight that night. I was unconsciously smiling and didn't notice it until I put the Book down. My soul was overcome by a feeling of real and true joy, and tears of happiness poured down my face. I knew then and do now, without a doubt, that what I had just read was true, that this was the Lord's message for me and for all of His children. I prayed to my Heavenly Father after reading those chapters, to ask if the record was true... But I almost didn't even need to ask because of the powerful spirit I felt in my heart and soul as I was reading 3rd Nephi. That night I discovered for myself that the Book of Mormon is true! And I could not deny it! The Book of Mormon truly is another testament and witness of Jesus Christ! I am a Mormon because the gospel of Jesus Christ brings me true happiness and peace. This happiness and peace comes as I come unto Christ, as I learn more about Him, and as I try to emulate His example. When I go through trials in life I am blessed by the perspective that the gospel gives me. I am able to look at trials as an opportunity to grow spiritually, learn, and become stronger, because I know that trials are not meant to be experienced alone--that I have a Savior, Jesus Christ, who has already suffered for me, and is forever by my side to help me if I let Him.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to live a life that Jesus Christ would want me to live. I do this by following His example, remembering His teachings, His love for us, and His atoning sacrifice that allows me to repent and draw nearer unto Him. It's not always easy, but I try. Remembering Jesus Christ for me requires day to day practice, and focus on what may seem to be small and simple things, like praying, studying the scriptures, and seeking opportunities to serve those around me. For me, doing these small and simple things helps my faith increase. One of the most important commandments God has given us to obey is to love one another as Jesus loves us. Trying to keep this commandment, to see everyone as Heavenly Father lovingly sees all His children, can be challenging but is a huge faith-builder to me of our individual worth to God. Knowing that we are His spirit children--knowing who we are and whose we are--fills me with strength to know that I am important. This knowledge increases my faith because I know my prayers are answered, my burdens made light, and I'm never alone.

What do Mormons believe about family?

Mormons believe that family relationships last forever, which is why we put a lot of emphasis on the importance of family. We believe that mortal death does not end our relationships with our cherished loved ones. When we enter the temple, we make sacred covenants with Heavenly Father that allows us to be sealed to our family for eternity. This is possible as we accept the Atonement of Jesus Christ and follow His example in our lives. We believe that family is an essential part of God's plan for us and all His children. We are able to experience the greatest growth within the loving walls of family. We learn to love each other, care for one another, and teach one another. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

I was invited to read the Book of Mormon when I was a young teenager to know for myself if "Mormonism", or the restored gospel, is true. As I read it the first time with that question in mind, there were many times when I would feel a distinct warmth that made me feel at home and happy. I then prayed about it one night after reading the Book of Mormon and I felt the same warm feeling, but it was even stronger. I couldn't hold back my tears of joy. To me, it is a personal sacred experience where I gained a testimony of the gospel and its truthfulness. I have taken the steps of baptism so that I can feel that same sweet spirit, or Holy Ghost, continuously--as long as I try to be worthy of it by keeping God's commandments. Show more Show less