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Hi I'm Azriel

I'm from Maine. I love New England. I speak Spanish. I love soccer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in the same house my entire life, besides going to college. I was born in a small town in Maine and I was the only member in my grade level at school. After graduating high school, I spent two years studying Bio-Chemistry at Brigham Young University in Laie, Hawaii. But I decided to stop going to school and leave my friends and my family to serve a two year voluntary mission for my Church. This mission gives me the opportunity to talk to people about the Gosepl of Jesus Christ and to "go about doing good", as the Savior and His Apostles did. The past couple years have been the best ones of my life!! Currently I'm back and school and I recently applied to medical school! For hobbies, I love playing soccer and other sports, and I also love being with my family and friends. As the youngest of eleven (yes, eleven), I've always had at least some of my family around me and I love that. I love listening to music and one of my desires is to learn how to play the piano. My favorite type of music is Alternative Rock and Alternative Pop.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents joined the Church long before I was born and for as long as I can remember, going to Church was a part of our week. Over time, I've had many spiritual witnesses that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and The Book of Mormon are true. My testimony didn't come in a single instance, but rather many instances over the course of my life, several of which being my baptism when I was eight years old, when I went to a youth program for our Church, as I served a mission, and it even continues now, as I continue to learn, as I try to be a better follower of Jesus Christ, and as I live. I've also studied and prayed to know if The Book of Mormon is the word of God and I've received the answer through the Holy Ghost is that yes, it is. And you can know too.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by keeping the commandments of God and honoring my covenants. I live my faith by studying the words of the Prophets of God, living and deceased, and trying to apply them to my life. I know that I'm not perfect and I know that other people aren't perfect either. So one of the greatest challenges in life is learning not to judge other people and loving them instead. I live my faith by trying to be a friend to everyone that I meet, to show them kindness and compassion, just like Jesus Christ would do. But as I've written before, it's hard! I live my faith by putting my trust in Heavenly Father. I have a huge testimony of the power of prayer and the Holy Ghost in my life. There have been countless times in my life that after a particularly hard day of life, I have gotten down on my knees by my bed and said a prayer, asking for help. And every single time that I've done it, I have felt better afterwards, whether it was directly after the prayer, or the next morning. These feelings came from the Holy Ghost, which is the way that Heavenly Father communicates to us, through the feelings that we have and the thoughts that we have. Everything that is good comes from our Heavenly Father. I know that as I do my best to live my life the way that He wants me to that I'll receive His help and guidance through the Holy Ghost.

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Modesty and chastity both have to do with respecting one's body, as it is a sacred gift from our Heavenly Father. The way we treat our body reflects our own understanding and appreciation of this gift. We should treat our bodies well by not introducing harmful substances to our bodies, by clothing our bodies with modest clothing, and by saving physical intimacy until marriage. I believe that above all else, parents should teach their children that they should respect their bodies as a way to show respect God's gift to us. They should teach the importance of having a physical body and harmful things. Show more Show less