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Hi I'm Maria

I'm currently studying at a college in St. George, UT. I'm Bilingual and love learning about different cultures.

About Me

I'm currently studying at a major college in Southern Utah. I have been actively involved with my campus' Student Government as a member of our Service Committee, and have helped organize a number of events to help out my community. I have a love for serving others that was instilled in me as a child. I love the outdoors. Rappelling, shooting, hiking, and swimming are just a few things that I love to do with friends. I play the piano and some guitar. I am bilingual and I am a music addict who LOVES going to concerts. I served an LDS mission in the Texas Fort Worth Mission from 2012-2014.

Why I am a Mormon

Many people think that just because I grew up in a Mormon family, in a Mormon majority town, that I am Mormon because it was expected of me, when it is quite on the contrary. Growing up in a Mormon family, in a town where the majority consider themselves Mormons, was just part of my life. I went to Sunday services with my family every Sunday, was baptized at age 8, and attended Seminary during my years of Jr. High and High School. It was during those years of High School, that I really began to question my membership and what I believed, or thought I believed. After going through many struggles and challenges, I decided to put what I "believed" to the test. I had heard countless number of times that the only way to know if the Book of Mormon, the Prophet Joseph Smith, and this Gospel as a whole were true, was to ask of God. After having read the Book of Mormon completely through I took the challenge that was presented in the book, as well as in the Bible (James 1:5), to ask of God (Moroni 10:3-5) and find out for myself if these things were true. I had never truly asked if these things were true. After sincere prayer I found the answer that I was looking for. I had felt peace in my heart, for the first time in a LONG time and I knew that what I had been taught and practicing was true. That feeling of comfort and peace of mind helped me know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the Lords Church. That Christ had restored his gospel on the earth again through a prophet, Joseph Smith. I know that Joseph Smith did see God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. I know that The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ. It works hand in hand with the Bible to teach us the doctrine of Christ and to help us come unto Him. I know that we have a living prophet today and that God continues to speak to His children today. This I KNOW to be true through much study and prayer. Knowing this has brought me peace that is impossible to describe.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying my hardest to serve those around me. I try to think about ways that I can help someone in need. I have had the opportunity of helping teach the children in my congregation. It has been a real experience helping them come to an understanding of the Life of Jesus Christ and how He is our Savior. It is an amazing experience to see how well they grasp the concept that God lives and loves us. I have had the opportunity to go and visit other women of our congregation and help them in any aspect of their lives. Whether it be through service, watching their children, or simply lending a listening ear when needed. I feel that I am able to live my faith by activly participating in Service opportunities within the community. Being a member of the service organization of my college, has given me an opportunity to demonstrate charity, and love to those who are in need. It is through those service opportunites that we are able to show others that pure love of Christ.