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Hi I'm Azariah

I'm an English & Media student. I'm a writer, a radio presenter and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Azariah - but I much prefer Zara. I'm from Limerick in Ireland - a tiny island in the middle of a big ocean, known for leprechauns, shamrocks, Riverdance and it's abundant shades of green. I'm an English and Media student in university, with big dreams and a lot of ideas. I love to sing - even if most of it is in the confines of my bedroom. I'm an avid reader, and aspiring writer - anything from fictional prose, to poetry. I'm a YSA Representative for my branch and district, as well as being on my district's Young Women's presidency. I strive to be a member missionary, and to be a good example to those around me - especially my younger siblings. I love to serve - whether it be alongside our incredible Elders and Sisters serving in my area, in my calling, as a Visiting Teacher, or in everyday life to my friends, family and neighbours. I love to serve, and love having the opportunity to do so with my callings.

Why I am a Mormon

The Church has always been a huge part of my life. The gospel of Jesus Christ has been a huge comfort and uplifting light in my life. The members of the church are always warm and welcoming, and you can really make friends for life with other members. I have never been very good at making friends, but I find members of the church are people you can instantly make life long connections as you know you both have the same morals and standards and strive towards the same goals in life and are believers of the same gospel and have faith in Him. The Church gives such a strong foundation for life, and gives you so many stepping stones to lead you in the right direction because of His commandments and because of the gospel. I have had friends tell me that they notice I am a happier, more mature person because of the choices I have made in my life. I try and use all the knowledge I have gained from being a member of the Church in my everyday life to help myself be a better example to my friends and those around me. The Church really does change your life, for the better. It is a choice you will never regret making if your heart is set on being a true member of the Church, and the feeling of the Spirit is something you will never forget. Trust me, not having the Spirit with you, is something you will notice. Being baptised when I was 8 years old was one of the best decisions of my life - and I would not change my choice if I had the option to. Being a member of the Church is a privilege and something I am so unbelievably glad I have in my life. It is something that is everlasting and eternal, and no one can change that.

How I live my faith

It's very hard to be a member in a place where the next closest branch or ward is literally hundreds of miles away, and when you tell your friends and colleagues around you that you're Mormon, they have no idea what that is or have only heard the typical stereotypes and rumours. It creates a lot of outside pressure and means struggling and falling away is a lot easier to fall into. But I have learned through experience, that to not do so, you must surround yourself with the right people and in the right environment. My mother is a convert, and found the church when she was just sixteen. Her parents did not permit her to be baptised until she was eighteen, but without fail she returned and walked the seven miles to church every Sunday, and has not looked back since, even to this day. I was lucky enough to be born and raised in the church, alongside my younger brothers and sister, and I endeavour to be an example to them. I strive to be a member-missionary, and have been even nicknamed the 'third Sister missionary' in my branch as I am so frequently with the missionaries. I love serving alongside the full-time missionaries, and have realised with time, part of the reason is because I love being immersed in the Spirit they carry with them - firm, strong, peaceful and calming. Missionaries, our branch president and their never-ending faith and support helped me, and my family, through trials, when nobody else would, and have continued to serve and support me, and have helped me to strengthen my testimony beyond my wildest beliefs. I am indebted to those Sisters and Elders, and hope one day too, help someone find their way too, or back, to the gospel.