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Hi I'm Ivonne

I'm a Tolkien geek, a film-lover, a reader, a writer, and a student. I'm a daughter, a sister, and a friend. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I can't remember a time when I couldn't read. I adore reading good books and am studying to become a better writer. I hope that someday I can share my love of literature through a book of my own! My favorite genre is fantasy, and I greatly admire the works of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. I also enjoy reading Charles Dickens and other Victorian authors. I love books that make me think, and often I'll carry around a book I have finished for weeks on end in order to get as much out of it as I possibly can. I also like well-written television and movies (Hey, film can be literature, too)! I love to travel, and have had the opportunity to visit family in Chile several times. New cultures are fascinating to me, so when I do get to travel, I have plenty of fun people-watching! I hope in the future to travel more and step out of my shy little comfort zone so that I can become a person of greater understanding. Presently I am studying at the university, and I want a degree in English...but one never knows when that might change!

Why I am a Mormon

There's an idea sometimes that people who have grown up in the Mormon church don't need to be converted. I think that idea is just plain silly. Each of us experience a time in our lives when we wonder what we truly believe, and why we believe it. For me, that happened when I was about 14. I didn't want to do things for other people--I wanted to do things for me. And so I set forth on my quest to decide whether or not this church, the church I had grown up in, was even true. I had never read the Book of Mormon all the way through, and I had never read it with the intent of finding out whether it was fact. I read it, and the love and Spirit I felt was unlike anything I had ever felt before. The Book of Ether, toward the end of the Book of Mormon, is where I really gained my testimony. Just like every other convert, I had to pray and seek for answers, but I know that if we are willing to hear what the Lord has to say, he will pour out his love and the Spirit will testify to our souls that he lives. We all face trials and adversity--we all feel lost at some point or another--but I know that whenever I have set my life before the Master and asked for him to take me into his arms and show me my path, he has guided me. The Lord loves each soul on earth and is just waiting, like any kind, loving father, for us to look up and reach up to him. I know that God lives. I know that he sent his son, Jesus Christ, to atone for the sins of the world so that each of us--so that I--can return home someday. I am not perfect, but I am trying, and each day I strive to be better. This gospel means everything to me. Without it, I would be entirely encompassed by shadows of doubt, fear, and uncertainty. The knowledge that I have a kind and loving older brother, a Savior and Redeemer who loves me so much that he was willing to die for me, is a comfort and a truth that resonates within my soul. I love Jesus Christ and my Father in Heaven. I want to be like them. I know that they live.

How I live my faith

I love to spend time with my family--my favorite people in the world! I take Institute classes at the university so I can dive deeper into the scriptures, and prayer and scripture study are daily goals. Understanding people is something for which I strive day by day: I want to know people's stories, and I seek for the good in those around me so that I can become a better person through their examples. I have learned through the years that people are always watching one another, and I make an effort to be the best I can be so that others might be able to see the light that Christ brings and want to know more about him.