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Hi I'm Virginia

I'm a sorority girl. I am about as geeky as they come. I am Puerto Rican, and off to serve the Lord in Argentina. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a college student and am one of the geekiest people I know. Doctor Who, Sherlock, Star Trek, Marvel, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter- I am obsessed with all of it. I love music of every type, and I am not really sure what to do with my life just yet. I am the only girl in my family, and I love to write and read. My mother is from Puerto Rico, and I love going there to visit family. It has become a second home. I love Disney films, romantic comedies, superheroes, period dramas, and action movies. I am pretty shy and a bit introverted when you first meet me, but I truly love people and am easy to get along with. I am a sorority girl with the greatest sisters in the world. I am a medical assistant, but my dream job is to be a speech and language pathologist. I love travelling and meeting different types of people, and I believe that everyone you meet can potentially make your life better.

Why I am a Mormon

My religion is the only thing that I am certain about in my life. Things are constantly whirling and changing around me, and it seems sometimes that there is too much going on. This church keeps me grounded in a way that was wholly unexpected. I was thankfully born into the church, to loving and supporting parents. However, that doesn't mean that I believed it for a long time. I had no witness, nothing more than empty words when it came to my beliefs. And although I went through the motions, I did not truly believe or understand. But I wasn't happy, because something was missing. I was converted to my own religion slowly. It was over the course of a few years that I realized what a remarkable blessing I had been given to have such truth available to me at all times. I was able to rediscover the truth of this gospel, and I wondered why I had ever let that knowledge fade from me. The LDS church is a church of miracles, coming from extremely humble beginnings. The Lord follows a pattern of making weak things strong throughout all volumes of scripture, and He did the same with his church. I have felt His Spirit work wonders on me, who has always been a doubting soul, to the point where I can now testify with a steady conviction of His love for His children, and am able to serve a full time mission to the people of Argentina without a shadow of a doubt in this Gospel. I am extremely grateful for this knowledge and the peace that it brings to me everyday.

How I live my faith

It has always been important to me to live my faith to the best of my ability. I have served in the different Women's organizations of the church, and I have made it a priority to reach out to those in need by visiting them or organizing service projects. I am really involved with different clubs and organizations on campus as well, but I make sure that I am able to live up to my obligations at church first, because it makes me into a better person. I try to live my life in a way that Christ would have me live. I dress modestly to show respect to myself and to Him, and I stay away from any kind of damaging substances like drugs or alcohol. I refrain from things like swearing, lying, or any kind of activity that isn't uplifting. I won't say that I always succeed, but that is part of being human. The important thing is to constantly strive to be the best version of yourself that you can be. And when we falter, the Lord is there to pick us back up. Most of all, I live my faith by being an example to those around me. I have quite a few very close friends who are not Mormon, but they respect me and my religion because I live my standards. They even support me in all I do in the Church. I live my faith by following the commandments of God, especially the greatest of all, Love one another.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

We believe that both sexes have divine purpose, each being given different gifts to be able to carry forth God's plan. Women are in no way inferior to men, but are equal in every sense of the word. To an outside eye, it may seem like women are denied blessings and opportunities in the church. However, this couldn't be further from the truth. Women are given freely of every blessing in this life, as are men, provided they live worthily of these blessings. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Mormon churches are places of worship that are open to any and every person who wants to come and learn more about God. This is a place for people at all different spiritual levels to meet and learn from each other. Everyone is welcome to attend church at any point in their lives. The temple is a place that we hold very sacred, and so it is not open to the public or even to all church members. Only those who have reached a certain level of spiritual preparedness can enter. This is not about excluding anyone from the blessings and experiences of the temple, but rather it is to ensure that those blessings and experiences can be fully appreciated. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

The church does not have paid clergy because we believe that those who are qualified to teach and share the gospel come from all walks of life. No one person has a monopoly of spiritual knowledge, and each person has something important that they can provide to the church. We are asked to donate our time and effort to different leadership roles of the church because we have been chosen for that specific work. It is a sacrifice, but it leads to a lot of personal growth and lessons that cannot be learned in any other way. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

We are taught to pattern our lives to follow the life of Christ, and a major part of that is to help whoever is in need, whenever they are in need. The vast majority of our efforts go to serving those who are not of our faith, through missionary work and humanitarian aid. There ought to never be any distinction or preference in who recieves our help and service, the only requirement is that they need and are willing to receive our help. Show more Show less