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Hi I'm Sierra

Arizona resident, BYU-Idaho student, and called to serve in Trujillo Peru! I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I grew up in Litchfield Park, Arizona with my mom, my dad and my younger brother. I graduated from Agua Fria High School and I am now studying Microbiology at Brigham Young University-Idaho. I love to make music; whether that is singing or playing piano or oboe or my penny whistle. I have always loved to dance, even thought I'm not very good, and I also recently found how much I love Latin dance. My favorite activities are usually those that allow me to be in the beautiful outdoors and take in all of God's creations; hiking, playing frisbee, swimming and nature photography are at the top of my list. But I also enjoy relaxing on my couch while reading a book or watching a movie. I'm a huge Jane Austen fan! I have been blessed to grow up in a gospel centered home that fostered my testimony. My parents never forced me to accept the gospel. I chose to accept it, because I love it and I know it is the true gospel of Christ. The gospel, and my testimony of it are most important in my life. I truly believe that it is the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and living by it, that makes my life fulfilling.

Why I am a Mormon

I chose to be a member of this Church because I have a testimony that it's true. I was lucky enough to be born into it, but I knew that being a Mormon had to be my choice. I prayed about whether this church, its doctrines, and the Book of Mormon are true, as Moroni advised, and I know these things are true. I didn't have a big "A-ha!" moment. It was more of a realization and feeling of peace that I know it is true. I love the Book of Mormon. I am still learning more from its words, and I am still learning so much about what it means to be a Mormon, to be a follower of Christ. I love that this church encourages spiritual progression and recognizes that it is a process. I am a Mormon because I believe that God is my loving Heavenly Father, that Jesus Christ is my Savior, that Joseph Smith is the prophet of the restoration, and that the Book of Mormon is truly another testament of Christ. The world is scary, but the Gospel is the Good News and it gives me hope, and I believe every word of it!

How I live my faith

Whatever I say I believe I strive to support through my actions. Faith is a principle of action. For example, I believe in doing as Christ did in helping others. At my school I volunteer with the Student Support organization to help freshman who are coming to our university. I also serve in my ward callings. In the past few years as I have had the opportunity to learn about and practice visiting teaching, I have grown to love it. Visiting teaching provides the chance to do as Christ did and serve those around us. I get to know the women I teach. Being in a student ward, visiting teaching is great because the women I teach are my age and live close by. I get to see them almost everyday and we become friends. Now, I have the incredible opportunity to serve as one of the Lord's missionaries in the Peru Trujillo mission. I will be sharing with others the message of this gospel. That there is a God in Heaven who loves His children, and His Son has made it possible for us to return to live with Him.

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

The Family: A Proclamation to the World says that "...marriage between a man and woman is ordained of God." Even in the beginning, God put Adam and Eve together. No matter what your gender preferences are, you are a beloved child of Heavenly Father! Heavenly Father has given us commandments to guide us hear on Earth and we know from those that acting on homosexual inclinations is sin in His eyes. Feeling those inclinations is not a sin, but acting on them is. As long as you do not act on inclinations you have toward the same gender, you are given the same blessings and privileges as any other member and are accepted as such. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

In "The Family: A Proclamation to the World" it says that the family is central to Heavenly Father's plan for all his children. To me, this seems pretty obviously true. Before we came down to live on Earth, we lived as a heavenly family. When a third of us left and gave up the chance to come to Earth, we were heartbroken! On Earth, we again live in families. When loved ones die, or fall away we are just as heartbroken as we were about the third in the premortal exsistence. But we believe that families can be sealed here on Earth so that they can stay families throughout all eternity. Those who die can still be with us after death! Isn't that so comforting? Eternal families still have responsibilites while here on Earth. In order for them to all stay together, they have to each follow the comandments laid out by Heavenly Father. I've heard it compared to a long bicycle that has a seat for each family member. If one member decides to stop helping the family pedal, it makes it hard for that family to keep that bike moving. The more that drop off the harder it is. But if that whole family is working together and supporting each other through the easy trails and the rough ones, it's alot easier for them to all get to their destination together. Ultimately that is our goal, to reach our final destination and live together forever. Show more Show less