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Hi I'm Ariana

I love to run, play soccer and I attend BYU. I love bright colors, candles, writing and I am a Mormon!

About Me

I was born in Arizona but grew up on the East Coast. I have three brothers and a sister, and I am the oldest. I love to run and play soccer. I love to read and write. I enjoy brightly colored outfits, eating ice cream, taking walks on bright summer days, hiking in the mountains, spending time with friends and family and sitting out on my roof in the sprinkling rain. I love frozen yogurt, the feeling after I exercise, serving others and the moments when I can't stop laughing. I love watching the sun rise and set, studying Japanese, and making lists. I love the world that I live in and I intend to travel ALL of it in the future. I see God's love for me when I look at the world that He has created for me. I recently left my home in Virginia to serve in the Japan, Kobe mission until March 2015. Although I am inadequate by myself, the Lord has strengthened me and helped me to learn the Japanese language. I have faith that through the Lord, I can do all things, and I know that I am serving in Japan for a reason. I have no doubt that I will meet people throughout my mission who I will strengthen and who will strengthen me. I am thrilled to be serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and to spread the gospel that has blessed my life immensely. I love this gospel and I love the message that I share as a missionary. The truth and happiness that this gospel brings into my life is beautiful and magnificent beyond anything of worldly value.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is God's restored church on the earth today. I love being a member of the church because it brings me true joy that is unmatched in any other form. As a fourteen year old girl, I attended a conference with some other youth from my area. At one point during the conference I was challenged to smile, pray and read my scriptures for five minutes every day. I accepted this challenge, originally planning to continue doing these three things for a few months until I lost momentum. To my surprise, this challenge brought about magnificent change in my life. My faith grew, not with any marvelous or miraculous experience, but by the small and simple things. Reading my scriptures strengthened my understanding for God's plan for me, as an individual. It is through diligent scripture study and prayer that I was able to build a relationship with my Heavenly Father and understand how much he loves his children. My Father in Heaven loves me and I know that I am a Daughter of God. It is by the small and simple things in my life that I began to understand why I was a Mormon and why I wanted to be a Mormon. Being a Mormon girl keeps me on the path to eternal life and helps me to live my life in a way that brings me pure joy. The utterly transcendent feeling of joy that is manifest in my daily life is difficult to explain in words, but it is there, simply because I believe. I know that my savior died for me and atoned for my sins. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the church of God. I know that through faith in Christ and an adherence to the commandments of God, I will one day be blessed and be exalted with my Savior and Heavenly Father.

How I live my faith

Life is busy. Life is hard. As I have gotten older (and wiser) I have realized that as time goes on, life gets harder and busier. But it also gets better. It is harder and harder for me to find time to study my scriptures, or to say my prayers regularly. As I feel myself slipping up I remind myself of the important things in life. The gospel is the most important thing to me, and my testimony is first priority. I live the gospel by setting goals. I have a goal to say my prayers, to read my scriptures, study preach my gospel, exercise and keep the commandments. These goals help me to keep a focus on my faith and to remember what is most important in life. As I make time to do the most important, small and simple things, everything else falls into place. Life is hard. Life is busy. And it will only get busier. But my faith helps me to be happy and to always have enough time to finish the most important things, and to maintain a strong testimony of the gospel of Christ. Heavenly Father blesses us with hard lives so that the best moments seem better and we can truly develop into the people that he knows we can be. I live my faith by enduring the hard moments and finding strength in the gospel.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Ariana
Being a woman in the Mormon church, I understand the stereotypical view of "Mormon women." And I believe that Mormon ladies are just about the best since sliced bread :) Mormons do believe that men and women are equal. We believe that both parents play an essential role in the family and in the church. Just as men hold the priesthood, women play an important part in their family life. I am a teenager, but I know that my mother has played an essential role in my life and I can't think of a better way to change the world than by raising a strong child. Often the role of a stay-at-home-mom is downplayed by society, but I believe that there is no greater calling than the calling of being a mother. I have had many friends ask me how I could possibly "settle" for being a mother. To me, being a mother is never settling. Being a mother will be one of the greatest challenges in my future and one of my greatest blessings. Being a Mormon woman does not mean that my education is any less important. Mormon women are educated and believe in the importance of receiving an education. Life is about learning because knowledge is the only thing that I can carry with me forever. I love to learn and I can't wait to continue learning for the rest of my life, but part of the knowledge that is important to gain is the knowledge of how to raise a family and how to nurture and care for others. This role is equal to the role of physically providing for a family. Show more Show less