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Hi I'm Sierra

I'm in marching band and color guard. I'm a huge fantasy and science fiction nerd, and most importantly I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I am 20 years old and finally going to serve an LDS mission. I was in marching band when I was in high school, and participated in the color guard. I also did Winter Guard every year and even got to teach a junior team this last season. It was a blast, and I'm looking forward to going back to it after my mission. I also have been very involved in Venturing and Scouting. My brother and I had the opportunity to go to NAYLE (National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience) at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico this summer. I have also staffed 3 NYLT camps (National Youth Leadership Training, or Timberline as it's called in my council) and loved every moment of it. I love scouting, and I love the opportunities it's given me to grow and learn new things. I used to hate heights and was afraid of falling from them, but now they don't worry me and my brother and I go rock climbing regularly. Between scouts and color guard, I'm pretty busy. But I wouldn't change any of my experiences with them.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that it is the right thing to be. I was born into a family who already knew about the Gospel, but that doesn't mean I didn't have to figure out it was true for myself. Everyone still has to be converted. They still have to find the truth for themselves. I was finally converted when I was about 17. I'd heard the Gospel was true, and had experiences to back it up, but I finally went and decided for myself shortly after my 17th birthday, and it was the best decision I ever made. I did lose my way a bit after high school, but one of my favorite things about the Gospel is repentance, and the fact that our Father in Heaven is always there with open arms, waiting for us to ask Him for help to come back into His fold. Plus, we have modern prophets who always have the best instructions on how we can strive to be better. I am a Mormon because I know this church is true. I know it. I live it. I love it.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being an example to myself. I was pretty solid in high school when I had 90 minutes every other day where I did nothing but learn about the Gospel. But after I graduated, I didn't have that and I fell out of all my good habits of reading my scriptures and praying every day. I didn't really do anything bad, but I felt like I had dug myself a hole and couldn't get out. Then my dad was diagnosed with cancer and I felt like I had to step up and be the person I knew I was supposed to be. It sounds selfish, but every day I try to be better for myself. Because a better me means that I can care more about the people around me and know how to help them better. It means that my little brother has someone he can look up to. It means that I can be happier and have a happier life no matter what comes my way.

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Sierra
Wards, stakes, and branches are how the church organizes it's congregations across the world. Imagine a computer with files. Now, imagine that the church is the first file. The one you would click on that would have all of your pictures and all of your music. This file is what contains the entire church. Inside that file are sub-files. More specific groups of what you're organizing. Here are all your camp pictures, there is all of the classic rock music. Branches are the next sub-file. The next sub-file is the Stake, and inside of the stake are all the wards contained in that stake (a ward is one congregation). And all the stakes are contained in that specific branch, and all the branches are contained in that specific area, and all the areas are the different areas where the church is located. It's just a way to keep everything organized and make sure that every member has a community of people who share a common background that they can identify with. Show more Show less