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Hi I'm Sierra

I grew up in Hillsboro Oregon. I am the oldest of 5 children. I am a Mormon

About Me

I love all things music. I was in band for seven years and play the flute and the piano. I love listening to music and I enjoy singing, though I am not the best at it. I play lacrosse and I love the sport. One of my favorite hobbies is reading and I like all kinds of books. My favorite gere is historical fiction. I am currently going to colllege and I recently changed my major from nursing to busuiness management with an emphasis in finance. I don't really know what I want to do with my degree yet, but I am confident that this is the correct path for me. I recently got back from a trip where I had the opportunity to go to the East Coast and visit famous historical sites, from Lexington and Concord to Washington DC to the location of the Salem witch trials, as well as prominent church history sites like the sacred grove. This experience made me extremely grateful for the country I live in and for all of the wonderful spiritual and national leaders that have allowed me to have the rights I now have.

Why I am a Mormon

I was a Mormon because I was born into a family where the church was practiced. I grew up going to primary and going to church every Sunday and I was okay with that. As I got older, I didn't doubt the church but I knew that my membership was more constitued on my upbring than my beliefs. When I was 12 years old I was asked to give a talk in church about how/when I gained a true testimony of Jesus Christ. As I was preparing for that talk, I realized that I hadn't yet. Over the next few months I pondered in my heart that question and strove to answer it for myself. I read my scriptures and prayed and fasted and I gained a personal witness of the truthfullness of the church. I knew that I would never be able to fully understand some of the principles of doctrines because they are eternal, but I knew that the Lord would surely let all things be known unto me in due time. I am a Mormon because I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is true. I am a Mormon because I know through my own experiences that the spirit is real and that it manifests to all worthy individuals. I am a Mormon because I know and believe that our loving Savior Jesus Christ died on the cross and that he took upon himself my sins and my afflictions and my pains and my sorrows; and not only did he take my sins, but he took unpon himself the sins of the world. I am a Mormon because it makes me happy. Everything is not always perfect and to expect it to be is to set ones self up for continual disappointment. But I have learned through my life that we need trials to make us stronger and better.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by following the commandments that have been et out by the Lord to help and protect me. Being a member of the church my whole life, I am often asked about the "restrictive" nature of my faith and how it prevents me from truly being able to live my life. To these comments I have tried to explain that I am not required to do those things but that I choose to because I know that they serve a higher purpose, even if I don't fully understand it. I attend my church meetings regularly and also go to a variety of other church functions, such as firesides. One of my favorite things to do to live my faith is to be able to go to the temple. Almost any person who has seen an LDS temple, whether a member or not, can agree to the beauty of the building and the special spirit that is felt there. I love being able to go to the temple because I can feel the love of God around me. He has set apart these buildings for His purpose and I love that I am worthy to enter into them. In between my first and second year of college I was called upon to teach the 10 year olds in my ward. I was just 18 at the time and I did not know what kinds of things I could possibly teach these kids, especially because they were not much younger than I was. But I loved being able to teach them the princples of the gospel as I understood them and being able to learn from them. I am always surprised at how much children understand and I would easily say that I learned more from them than I ever could have taugh.