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Hi I'm Isabelle

I am a Mormon. I like it, I live it, I LOVE it!

About Me

I love and respect my family very much. I was born in Puerto Rico, and grew up in the United States of America. I love drawing, writing poetry and stories, and reading good books. I would love to become an animator for studios like Disney, Dreamworks, and BigIdea Productions, but if I could start a successful one on my own, or with the help of others, that'd be neat too! I am a student attending the University of Arizona. My favorite meal to eat includes Chicken a la King with rice and veggies.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother is a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, while my father had already been a member his whole life. They raised my siblings and me with the gospel of Jesus Christ ever since we were children, each of us baptized at the age of 8. Throughout my childhood, I never found anything wrong with being a Mormon, so I was confused when, growing older, I started recognizing that there were a lot of people who didn't agree with the principles I was taught. When I received my patriarchal blessing, I was humbled to learn about the person I had been, the person I currently was, and the person Heavenly Father knew I had the potential to be. I started reading the Book of Mormon on my own because I was told to, but later, I began studying it more seriously, for although I've never doubted the Gospel before, small thoughts of "but what if it ISN'T true?" started appearing, troubling me. While reading the Book of Mormon, I prayed fervently to Heavenly Father to prove to me that not only was the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was the ONE TRUE Church, but also that the Book of Mormon is True, and that the gospel was true. Days and weeks went by, and I received no direct answer. Beginning to feel discouraged, I prayed more humbly, pleading to Him to let me know that everything I had been taught so far, the values and principles, the Plan of Salvation, the words of the Book of Mormon, were real and true. They had to be right. I wanted and needed them to be right. One day, when I was somewhere around 3 Nephi, a thought suddenly entered my mind: "You agree with everything this [Church, gospel, Bible, Book of Mormon] teaches, and you are happy with them. Why are you questioning if they are true or not?" I cannot express how much warmth and comfort those words brought me. This was the answer given to me by my Heavenly father through the Holy Ghost, and I am grateful for them. This is why I am a Mormon, for I agree with its teachings.

How I live my faith

I know I am not a perfect person. Regardless, I continually strive to choose and do what I know to be right. I try to apply what I've been taught to my daily life, try to improve my faults and fortify my strengths. I am trying to view challenges as something to endure with patience, and hopefully overcome. I do my best to develop stronger ties with my family members and my friends. I try to be a good example to others.

What is being a Mormon like?

Being a Mormon/Latter-day Saint isn't all to different from being a normal person. We have goals, we have opportunities to grow, and we go through difficult trials. However, having the Gospel in your life gives you the vision and clarity you need to recognize and defend from the temptations of the world as well as the ablility to recognize even the smallest of blessings in your life, so that you can see the path God has given you to walk on and reach eternal happiness. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Throughout the ages, men called of God were able to write their testimonies and teachings of God as well as parts of history within sacred records, namely the Holy Bible. Later on, when Christ himself came, he was able to establish His Church and Gospel upon the earth through priesthood keys and ordinances. Unfortunately, as a result of the Great Apostasy, after the death of His Apostles, the keys to carry out the Gospel and Church were lost. The way that one person explained it to me was this: Christ and His Apostles had created a beautiful mirror, but then others came and took hammers to that mirror and smashed it to bits. However, because all mankind naturally through instict desire to have truth, they grabbed pieces of Christ's Gospel (the pieces that appealed to them more), and tried to build up their own churches while fabricated the other pieces to go along with what they desired to preach. This goes along with the translation of the Bible; many versions have been made (whether scriptures/doctrines have been taken out/lost in translation, or some philosophies of man have been added). When the Prophet Joseph Smith was called to restore Christ's Church and Gospel, he was not only given the Priesthood Keys to do so, but he was also called to translate the Book of Mormon (records of ancient prophets in the Americas), another testament of Christ that clearly states His Purpose and pure teachings of Gospel. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Though our families aren't perfect, they are the most important social units of our lives. Each of us are born into/raised within a family, whether biological or not. Our families ultimately play a huge role in shaping who we are today, whether we realize it or not. Without the family my Heavenly Father has placed me in, I would not be where I am today. Serving a mission and sharing the Gospel has continued to help me open my eyes and realize how much of a blessing my parents and siblings are to me, and how much I need them. There is a song in our Hymnbook, Hymn 300, called "Families can be Together Forever". In it, it states the importance of families and how they can be made eternal through Heavenly Father's Plan of Happiness. Though I admit there are moments when we drive each other crazy, in the end, I would never be happy even if I gain eternal life, if I couldn't share that with all of those I love, especially with my immediate family and the family I hope to have one day. Show more Show less