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Hi I'm Mariah

I've lived in Southern Cali all my life. I love swimming, reading, and writing. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been a member my whole life. I love swimming, especially breaststroke, and writing poetry in my spare time. At the moment, I'm totally hooked on Brandon Sanderson, Rick Riordan, and J.K. Rowling but I'll read pretty much anything fiction. I've played violin for five years now, and piano for almost eight. My absolute favorite hobby has to be laughing, whether with friends, in and out of the classroom, or on my living room floor with my family. I also bake a lot, trying out new recipes or creating my own for everything from peanut butter cookies to chicken and dumpling soup.

Why I am a Mormon

I love this church. It's a place of sanctuary for me in the busy whirlwind around me. I know where I came from, why I'm here, and who I want to be. There's a spirit I feel, a peace that comes over my mind and my heart, that tells me this is the truth. I know I was meant to come here now, and that there is something that I need to do. I know my Heavenly Father is watching out for me and that He will always be just a prayer away.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by showing others how Jesus Christ wants me to live. I use clean language, eat healthily, dress modestly, and pay attention to what I watch and listen to so that I can always be worthy and ready to hear what my Heavenly Father needs to tell me. I do a lot of community service, because I know that every person on this earth is God's child, just as I am. I always try to be aware of what others need, or what I can do to share what I've been given. The gospel is a major blessing in my life, and I live according to it because I know it will help me be the best person I could possibly be.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

The church helps all of us live up to our potential. It gives us purpose, guidance, and safety. When we choose to live the way we are taught, we are blessed. Impossible things happen. Everyday things run so much smoother. We start to see miniature, or not so miniature, miracles happening all around us. When difficult times come, we turn to the Lord and the gospel for comfort, and we come away as better people. We learn to understand the "bigger picture." The church becomes our life, and it is a great one. When we look out at the world, we see people struggling. We see those we love overcome by tragedy, or wandering around in a world where they feel they have no place. We see friends and family who don't have anywhere to turn for help or comfort. How can we have so much and not share? Christ commanded us to teach, and to give what we have. We have love. We have faith. We have comfort. We have knowledge, and purpose. God gave us a whole lifetime to live, learn, and share what we know. We give him back a couple years to share this goodness and knowledge with others. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Mormons aren't very different from other people. We may not use bad language, drink alcohol, coffee or tea, or dress the way some others do, but we do this by choice. We believe that coming here to this earth and getting a body is a gift from God, and we respect that through the way we treat our body. We go to church to learn about God and how we can become better people. We choose to spend time with our family because they are a gift from God and because they will be with us for all eternity. We pray and read scriptures to become closer to God. God gave us everything we have so we pay ten percent of our earnings back to the church to use to benefit others. We share the gospel to give others the joy that we find in it. Mormons are normal people with a purpose, a goal, and an idea of how to get there. We know who God wants us to be, and we live in a way that allows us to be that person. Show more Show less