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Hi I'm Johanna

I grew up in the Bay Area. I love soccer and basketball. I want to work with children with special needs. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up playing competitive soccer and basketball. I played soccer all the way through my first year of college. I played four years of varsity soccer. I was team captain. I was on the NorCal Olympic Development team when I was eleven. I played on teams that took first place in sate cup, regionals, and third in nationals. I played basketball up until my freshman year of high school. I love to read any fiction books, but my favorite will always be Harry Potter. I enjoy watching movies, taking pictures, and listening to music. I am extremely close to my family. I would rather hang out with my family than be with a group of friends. I have two younger brothers. I am currently a college student. I love working with young children. I started volunteering at a young age to help children with special needs. I volunteered all four years of high school in a K-3rd grade class for children with autism. I absolutely loved working with those kids! The career path I am hoping to achieve is to become an occupational therapist for children with special needs. I worked for In-N-Out Burger and the local school district as a sub-para. I was able to get paid for the volunteer work I had already been doing. I had the opportunity to go to Nicaragua for three weeks the summer before my senior year of high school. In those three weeks, I was able to do a lot of community service. I helped build a tire playground for a school. Helped a family with their chores and taught english to young adults.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church since I was born. I was baptized at eight years old. I have always had a strong testimony, I felt that I never had to work hard to strengthen my faith. Although I always believed in the Book of Mormon and loved The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints, after my senior year of high school I knew I that my testimony was not strong enough. I was going away for college and knew that I would be one of the only Mormons at my school. I figured that I might as well really read the Book Of Mormon and see if I believed it to be true. I made it a goal finish the Book Of Mormon that school year, and I accomplished that goal. After reading the last chapter, I knelt down to pray about how I felt and to receive confirmation that what I read was true. I felt deep in my heart that the Book Of Mormon is true. I knew that if this book is true then Joseph Smith was a prophet and that we still have a prophet today. I am so thankful to have a living prophet and apostles that guide and warn me of the dangers of this world. I love that I can be with my family for eternity. I love that I have been taught the blessing of my savior's infinite atonement. I know that this is Jesus Christ's church. I know that I have my own light that I am supposed to let shine bright to help others. I am thankful for all of my trials and the free agency my father in heaven has given me. I know that through these experiences and choices I am becoming stronger every day. I love knowing that every day of my life I can still progress to become more like Christ. I love this church. I am a Mormon . I know it. I live it. I love it!!!!!!!

How I live my faith

I live my faith by putting the Lord first always. I have learned to try to live the commandment "love one another" as best I can. I am not ashamed of my testimony and am always willing to share it with friends and family. My father just recently left my family for another woman. I had a hard time dealing with the pain, yet I still knew that I had to keep moving forward. I have really depended on reading my scriptures and saying my prayers daily. I have studied General Conference talks as well to help me stay strong. Although my family and I are going through a rough spot in our lives, we have seen so many blessings even during the darkest days. We have grown closer together and have come to a better understanding of the importance of families. I have decided to go on a mission to share this comfort and happiness I have found by strengthening my relationship with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I want to go on a mission to learn forgiveness, love, and humility. I want to learn how to truly serve others regardless of how well I may know the person. Most importantly I want to share the knowledge and testimony I have of the Savior Jesus Christ and his infinite atonement.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

The purpose of this life is to have a physical body. So we can understand true happiness and humility through the physical and emotional pains we experience. Free agency is also apart of our mortal experience. We are not forced to do anything in this life and therefore can make our own choices. Every choice we make has a consequence (positive or negative) that can either happen immediately or later on. We must be able to learn that all of our consequences are a result of our choices. This life is a preparation life for the eternities. We can learn to become more like our father in heaven by having our own families here and work towards keeping those family ties eternal. We can learn how to love and gain knowledge. Show more Show less