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Hi I'm Joslyn Duran

I'm in a life-long battle with brain tumors. I love to ballroom dance and study biology and human anatomy. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

When I was three years old, I had a 4 hour seizure, the first indicator that anything was wrong. An MRI revealed 1 large brain tumor 3 small ones, all located in different parts of my brain. Most of the time, they remain stable, but every few years the large tumor grows rapidly. At age 10, I had brain surgery and they were able to remove about 20% of the main tumor and I was diagnosed with Oligodendroglioma. At age 14, I began intense chemotherapy for a year and half, which controlled my most recent bout of growth. Although current medicine is not able to remove my tumors, I am grateful to have this trial in my life. It has truly made me appreciate every day and helped me recognize the blessings I have in my life. The tumors have not stopped me from doing everything I desire. I have always loved to dance. I've learned all sorts of styles (tap, ballet, hip-hop, jazz, modern), but I currently focus mainly on ballroom dance. I am a student at Brigham Young University, majoring in Biology Science Education with an emphasis in Human Anatomy. I am minoring in Ballroom Dance. I also enjoy singing, playing the violin and piano, playing sports, and exercising. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and serving others.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in Orem, Utah, surrounded by Mormon culture. My parents took me to Church when I was younger, and I decided that if I was going to be a member of this Church, I needed to gain a testimony of its teachings for myself. I studied the Scriptures and prayed often to receive a witness of the truth of the gospel, and once I received my witness, there is no way I could ever deny it. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true Church restored to the earth today. Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father are at the head of this Church, and through the current Prophet of the Church, They guide us to know what we need to do. I know that Jesus Christ atoned for the sins and pains of each person to ever live on the earth, so that through repentance we can return back to Him and live with Him again. I know that the Scriptures are the word of God, and that through prayer, God can guide us in what we need to do. I am grateful for the knowledge I have of this gospel, and I know it is true. I have seen for myself the peace, joy, and happiness that the Gospel brings into people's lives when they follow its teachings. The Gospel promotes strong family bonds and good character traits. If everyone lived the Gospel of Jesus Christ fully, the world would be such a different place. I am grateful to have the guidance of the Gospel to help me find true happiness and peace in a world full of turmoil.

How I live my faith

I love going to church every Sunday to partake of the Sacrament and renew my covenants with the Lord. I find strength in learning more each week and listening to the testimonies and experiences of others. Through the many medical challenges that I have faced, the Gospel has given me hope, strength, and peace. I know that my Heavenly Father knows me personally and listens to me when I pray. He sends me comfort during hard times and helps me to keep an eternal perspective. I am so grateful for the covenants that we make in the temple that allow our marriages and families to last forever, rather than just while we are here on Earth. I love to serve and help others. This gospel is one of action. We are encouraged to love and care for one another as well as to be as self-sufficient as we can. It always makes my day brighter to see how I can bring joy to others. I enjoy sharing the gospel with others and helping them understand more clearly, which in turn helps me learn new things as well. I love to study the scriptures and read books about gospel topics by general authorities and gospel scholars. I am excited to serve a mission soon in Columbus, Ohio, to spread the knowledge of the gospel and serve the people there.