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Hi I'm Sierra

I dream big. I love to learn and try new things. More than anything, I love to make people smile. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a freshman in college this year, and everything is kind of crazy at the moment. All of my friends have gone their separate ways, and I'm learning that this is a chance for me to really figure out who I am - and who I'm not. I've only been a college student for three weeks, and I have already learned that I am NOT a cookie cutter. I don't want a white picket fence or a perfect life. I want to grow and learn everything I possibly can. I want to travel. I want to try something new every single day. But what I really want more than anything is a place in the world where I can make a difference. A big one. I have this goal, and I'm pretty determined to achieve it. Before I die, I want to make a million different people smile. If there is one single thing I have learned in my life so far, it's that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ can make a person happier than anything else can. I figure if I share their teachings by living like Jesus, I can probably make people pretty happy. That's my goal. I want to share this thing - this thing that has gotten me through hard times, and made the good times so much better. I want to be the truest disciple of Jesus Christ that I can possibly be. My plans in life include serving a mission, getting married in the temple, and having and adopting children. I am also working toward a career as an attorney. I am not a cookie cutter, and I don't think I ever could be. But I'm a Mormon - and boy, oh, boy, do I love it!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon for a million tiny reasons. I am a Mormon, because miracles happen to me on a daily basis, and I believe they happen to you, too. There is no scientific evidence, no scholarly essay, no rhyme or reason, that could convince me that there is not a God in heaven. God is real. I know He is real, and I know that He loves me. I know this from the little gifts He leaves me each day. Sometimes, when I am having a bad day, He has inspired a stranger to be my friend. Sometimes I hear things at church that are phrased EXACTLY the way I need to hear them. All I know is, when I am sad, and I pray for comfort, things happen. Particular things happen in just the particular way that will comfort me the most. When I am confused, life teaches me exactly the lessons I need to know. I'm not explaining this very well. What I mean to say, is that the details in my life - even the smallest, most minute, complex, and seemingly insignificant details - are arranged in such a way that I know there is someone putting them there. There are other churches that teach this. However, their teachings are not complete. I am a Mormon, because I know a God who loves His children would not forget about them once they die. That is why Mormons have temples. I love the temple so much. It is my safe haven, and the place I go to serve the God who I can never repay. I go because I love Him, and I love His children, and I know He loves them too. The Mormon church is complete - I know because I ask the hard questions, and there is ALWAYS an answer so perfect that it removes my doubt. No untrue church could be so perfect. No church created by the thoughts of men could bring such utter peace. I love Jesus Christ, and I love my Father in Heaven. I am so grateful for the Holy Ghost for opening my eyes and showing me the little miracles in each and every day. I am incredibly grateful to the angels (both mortal and immortal) who support me every day. I am so glad to be a Mormon.

How I live my faith

After I graduated high school, I stopped attending my parents' ward, and joined an LDS ward specifically for young adults. I have not been in this new ward very long, so I have not received a calling yet. However, I cannot wait to receive one. I don't think anything is more rewarding than serving your friends. Before I graduated, I planned activities for girls age 16 to 18. This was one of the most wonderful experiences of my life. I was able to take the lessons I had learned throughout my short life, and share them with others in a way that really made sense to me. I even had girls come up to me and tell me that the activities I had planned had made a real difference to them. This was probably my crowning achievement in my life to that point. I think most people really underestimate the power they have to help people. I know I did (and still do). People often believe they are insignificant, but serving in callings in the church has proven to me that everyone is important. I love people. I love the home teaching and visiting teaching programs. It is so wonderful to me that everyone has someone looking out for them, praying for them, making a special effort to love them. I am so excited to receive a visiting teaching route and a calling in my new ward. I'll keep you posted when I do!