Hi I'm Mariah
I grew up in a tiny town in the Wyoming mountains on a ranch. Now I'm a country loving Army Wife. I'm a Mormon.
I was born in Utah but moved to Wyoming when I was 2. There I grew up on a dairy farm until I was 14 and then my family switched over to having a beef ranch. I grew up doing the country things but my fave was going riding on our horses. To this day that is one of my favorite things to do. I went to college for a year in Utah and met my husband there. He joined the Army and about 3 years later we finally got married. He then deployed to Afghanistan for a year. When he returned we were sealed for eternity in the Salt Lake Temple. He has now been deployed twice and we are preparing to get out of the military due to injuries he received on deployment. We don't have kids yet. I love crafting. It's one of my fave past times. I also enjoy writing, reading, sketching, and theater. I love Doctor Who (a long running TV show.) I've just begun to learn to rock climb from my hubby who used to be an instructor and it's quickly becoming something that I really enjoy. I've also started enjoying going shooting. I'm honestly all about trying new things.
I won't lie and say that I always planned on being a Mormon. I tried for awhile to run from it all. However, I've always known in my heart that the gospel is true. The love and the understanding that the church teaches is so amazing. It's been a great blessing for an Army wife. No matter where I move to I always have a family in my ward. I can always count on someone to be there to help me. I looked into other churches when I was about 19 and none of them made me feel the way The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does. The more I went to other churches the more questions and concerns they raised. Questions that they couldn't answer for me. The LDS church answers all of those for me. I can feel God close to me when I pray. I've read the Book of Mormon and have felt the witness that it is true. I'm not perfect. I make mistakes and sometimes I slip up in my attempt to be more Christ like but I know without a doubt that through Christ I can be forgiven and that I can improve myself. Basically, to sum it up, I'm a Mormon because the LDS church is the only church that makes sense to me and because I've felt the warmth of the spirit tell me that this is where I belong.
I grew up in the church but when I was about 16 I started falling away. I've always been one of those people who have to learn the hard way and do exactly the opposite of what I'm told to. By the time I was 18 I was pretty much not interested in the church anymore and I had walked away from everything I had been taught. However, I never could shake my deep desire to have a full testimony of the church. Even though I couldn't admit it to myself I never stopped knowing the truth. Finally, with the help and encouragement of my family and the man I eventually married, I was reactivated. My husband got baptized not long after and together we have spent the last 2 years working together to become closer to God and to grow our testimonies. Now finally, for the first time in a long time I'm going to church every Sunday. We have scripture study and prayer at home as a family every night. My life finally feels complete. I used to work with the children in my old ward. We would sing songs and have small lessons about Christ with them. I was terrified when I got the calling but it has been a huge blessing in my life. Their sweet spirits constantly uplifted me and put a smile on my face. I couldn't imagine a better job to have in the ward.