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Hi I'm Mariah

I grew up in Utah. I'm a college student. I love Lacrosse. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I just moved out of my parents house last August and I'm going to college. I absolutely love it, love the school, the town and the friends that I've made. I like to play all kinds of sports especially Lacrosse, which I played in high school and was awarded all state defensive MVP my senior year. I'm currently a Biology major and I'm thinking about a career as a vet because I love animals and I love helping people. I'm excited to serve a mission in Kobe Japan in August. I can't wait to teach people this gospel that has helped me so much throughout my life.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I grew up as a member of the Mormon church I still had to be converted just like everyone does. For a long time I leaned on the testimonies of those around me and I never really knew for myself. I read the Book of Mormon several times and I prayed every day asking if this church was true. For years I didn't feel like I ever had an answer. Looking back I know that I did receive answers but I was too busy waiting for some big revelation to remove all doubt from my mind. It was very frustrating for quite a while, I felt alone and angry because the Lord wasn't telling me if this church was true or not. I was jealous of everyone who always said they knew for sure that the gospel was true because I didn't and I didn't know what I was doing wrong. I was angry at myself and I was angry at God because I felt abandoned. The scriptures and everyone would say, "Choose to have faith, choose to believe." But how could I without proof? How could I just get rid of my doubt that was always there. I went through a time were I felt I was completely alone. I hardly talked to anyone, and I would stay in my room most of the time at home. Until one day I was crying and questioning my worth and the purpose of life like I seemed to do a lot at the time. And I felt an undeniable presence and feeling of absolute love from my father in heaven. I knew that he loved me more than I could ever imagine and that he had not abandoned me and he never would. And from that moment on I was able to trust in him and little by little my testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ grew. I know that this is the only true church on this earth. I know that Christ died for us, atoned for our sins and through him we can be perfected and return to live with him someday. I know that families can be sealed forever in the temple. I know Joseph Smith was a prophet and he translated the Book of Mormon to guide us. I know President Monson is a true prophet on this earth today. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by attending church every week on Sunday and other meetings like Family Home Evening for my singles ward on Mondays. I have served as a first councilor, 2nd councilor and a secretary at various times for my youth group in my ward. I have served as a youth leader and tent leader for my stakes girls camps multiple years. I try to live my faith every day.