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Hi I'm Ariana Alkire

I live in California. I am a new wife and mother. I love to learn new things and experience new places. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I graduated from BYU-Provo with a Bachelors in Exercise Science. I had the honor of marrying my boyfriend of 5 years and we are happily living in the central valley of California. He has a construction company with his father. We love to go to movies, snowmobile, wakeboard, travel, to go hiking, walking, and just to try new things. We recently had our first child and he is absolutely adorable. He was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect, Tricuspid Atresia, while I was pregnant and we were able to mentally prepare for this blow before his birth. He had his first heart surgery at three months of age and he recovered like a champ! Any parent that has a child with health problems that has to put their faith in doctors and surgeons can understand that it is terrifying. There is absolutely a degree of helplessness that no one can relate to unless they have experienced this very trial. It has definitely helped me to grow closer to my Heavenly Father because without him I couldn't have mentally carried the weight of my baby being in pain and possibly not surviving.

Why I am a Mormon

I am Mormon because I have received a testimony and I can't deny what I feel of the real gospel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It wasn't a BIG moment in my life. It was a slow process over time. I received revelation of small things. First of Jesus Christ and then of the Book of Mormon, and then of Joseph Smith, and then of the importance of the leadership of the church, and it just builds from there. I have also felt great comfort in times of need and uncertainty. This comfort can only come from a greater being and not from a hug or a word or affirmation. I am so grateful to be a member of such a pure and wonderful organization. I believe that we have a prophet on the earth today and that he leads and guides this church. Being a member of this church truly blesses my life. It holds me to a higher standard so that I can receive revelation of my own.

How I live my faith

I love my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I keep my body and my mind clean and pure and I try to follow Christ's example by trying to love those around me. I do this because I want to be like them. I read my scriptures and I pray daily in order to learn more about them. I live my faith everyday because I know the gospel is true and I feel my best when I am doing what I know to be right. I help my community by giving service and by fulfilling my church calling. I visit those in my ward and I serve those around me to make sure they are ok.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Ariana Alkire
Young men are strongly encouraged to serve a mission but it is not "required." My husband did not serve a mission and were are very dedicated members of the church that have been sealed in the temple for time and all eternity. I only say that to show that you aren't punished or shunned for not serving a mission; you can still go to the temple and be a normal member of the church. I hope to one day serve a couples mission with him when we are older. My father and brothers have served missions and they have done wonderful service and touched many lives with the gospel. Show more Show less