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Hi I'm Sofia

I'm a finnish girl from a small town in Oregon. I like to hike, play frisbee, adventure on backroads, and sing.

About Me

I was born and raised in the same town- and a small one at that. It's the kind of town where everyone knows everybody. I was raised by loving parents who taught me the importance of hard work and perseverance. In high school I was in choir, band, on the swim team, was the token female of our tech team, deejay'd, and participated in school musicals. Growing up, I found it hard to find a set group of friends. I floated around, talked with most people, but hardly felt incredibly close to one person for very long. That caused me to question myself and often I doubted myself because I never felt like I fit in. I started to question the gospel once I was in high school. It was a trial for me that I am now thankful for. It helped me to learn for myself that the gospel of Jesus Christ is on the earth, and is available for us. At the time, however, it was hard. My life was much more difficult and sad when I didn't accept the gospel in it's fullness. As I grew and entered my senior year, life changed. I became happier and I met some of the most influential people to enter my life this far. I embraced the church and realized that it IS the way to happiness, and that through living how our Heavenly Father would have us live, we can take trials and joys and think of both of them as blessings- because they are. Our Heavenly Father trusts us so much that he gives us hardships to prove to Him and to ourselves that we are much stronger than we really can imagine. What a blessing that is.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm so much happier when I live the standards of the church. I have experienced briefly what life was like without the gospel in my life, and looking back on my life now, I can see that there was a big black cloud over that period of my life, where I felt trial after trial and there was no relief, no comfort, no consolation. Just straight up hardship. I felt alone and angry in that time in my life. I felt like there was no justice (though there was) and that I was being gypped from a good life by our Heavenly Father. It took a while for me to realize that I actually was holding myself back. No one else. I wish I'd recognized it sooner, but I'm glad I recognized it at all. I love this church so much, and while sometimes problems arise where I don't feel like I can handle it, I know that our Heavenly Father is walking right beside us, ready to swoop us into his arms and carry us through our trials, if we'll let Him.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by loving everyone I meet. Life is happier when you take people as they are and love them for their soul. No person is unlovable. You may not always agree with them, but you can still love them. A great way to learn to love someone is to serve them. Help someone you aren't necessarily close with- it'll surprise you how much you can really care for them. Another way I live my faith is by taking life in stride- my mantra for life is "Come what may, and love it!" I live by this guideline because there is good in every situation. Sometimes it isn't immediately evident, but there is always a positive. I know that when I have experienced trials or exceptional hardships, life becomes 10x more daunting than normal. I want to curl up and cry. But I know that our Heavenly Father always blesses us with strength to persevere, if we trust in Him. He will deliver us from any afflictions so long as we love Him.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Sofia
Mormon church services are beautiful. They are simple, reverent, and spiritual. It starts out in what is called sacrament meeting- a worship service where members of the congregation are asked to teach on gospel principles. We sing hymns and partake of the sacrament (communion). We are prayerful and quiet. We don't clap in the chapel, but we do allow children to be in the meetings. It's a very respectful environment. After that, we have several different meetings. We have Sunday school (which is often split into age groups for youth, and for adults, there are different classes offered for you to choose from) and there is a nursery available for toddlers up to 3 years of age. We then have a 3rd hour, which is kind of like another Sunday school class, but it is split up into different groups again. There is Primary- a meeting for children where they learn basic gospel principles in a fun and reverent way. There's Young Women meetings, which are for female youth between the ages of 12-17, there is Relief Society, a meeting for women 18 and older, and there is Priesthood- a meeting for males 12 and up. Visitors are more than welcome! We would love to have you come. Please do not hesitate to come to church, we are here to love you and help you in any way you need. Show more Show less