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Hi I'm Serene

I love to make the most out of the amazing life I've been given and make the people around me laugh. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm generally a crazy person. Sometimes I tend to be too comfortable with people I don't know very well. My favorite thing to do is to make people laugh and be happy. I have the horrible tendency of making crazy facial expressions while walking around in public. So if you’re one of those people to witness that as a first impression of me, your opinions of me probably won’t change much, I’m like that almost all the time :)

Why I am a Mormon

Although I grew up in this church, I didn't discover the gospel for its real truth until after my first semester of college, when I was going through kind of a rough patch in my life. I became bitter about inconsequential things, and I was pretty set on not being associated with "the Mormons" anymore. Once I had mentally made this decision, something in me had changed. Something, I didn't know what, had left me, and I had never felt more utterly alone and miserable in my life. I felt like I had no one to turn to, and I didn't know why. I realized that for the first time in my life, the spirit of Christ had completely left me, because I decided to leave him. After realizing this, I decided to get a special blessing from the patriarch in my ward at that time. I had been told multiple times that the best way to prepare for this special blessing in my life was to fast, and to have a couple personal questions in mind about what I wanted in my life. I had two very personal questions that I desperately wanted an answer for, and I decided that these were the questions I was going to ponder quite a bit before I received my blessing. I told no one around me what these questions were, until after I got my blessing. Hearing the patriarch give me my blessing through the incredible power of the priesthood was the most spiritual experience I have ever had, and after the blessing was done I was in tears. The blessing that the patriarch gave me was no doubt directly given from God, because it clearly answered my two very specific yet secret questions that I didn't tell anyone about. After receiving that blessing, I had no doubt that God was running this church and working directly through his members through the incredible power of the priesthood. There was no way this man could have understood exactly what I was worried and thinking about, unless he was working with God, the only person who knew exactly what my troubles and my questions were.

How I live my faith

I am currently a full-time missionary, serving in the El Salvador Santa Ana mission.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Serene
Of course not! Missionaries are completely voluntary. The church strongly suggests men to serve their missions around the age of 18, while for women it is completely not mandatory. Although women can do a lot to help further the process of missionary work, it is not for every woman out there. Show more Show less