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Hi I'm Maurya

I love music; singing, playing the piano, composing. I adore my family and my faith. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm leaving to serve a full time LDS mission soon. I will be serving in the Morristown New Jersey Mission, English speaking. I am currently in Ogden, Utah. I grew up mostly in Washington State and went to high school here in Utah. Last year I went to a semester of college in Hawaii. I want to learn how to build, restore and repair pianos--especially those of the antique variety. I love playing the piano and working with my hands. I also love to sing and dabble in music writing. I'm not much good at guitar and only marginally better at ukelele, but I love instruments in general. I teach music theory with my piano teacher a few times a week. I also love writing and reading. One of my favorite books: The Elegance of the Hedgehog. Beautifully written. That book is a masterpiece. I enjoy hiking and skiing, mountain biking and bouldering. The Utah Rocky Mountains are beautiful and so perfect for this. I also love Oregon, Montana, and Washington. The West is so beautiful. We are very blessed. I also enjoy participating in Tae Kwon Do. I have four siblings; I am the second oldest with one older sister, one younger brother and two younger sisters. My family has moved around quite a bit, which I am grateful for because it has provided opportunities for us to spend more time together as a family.

Why I am a Mormon

For a long time I was a Mormon because my parents were Mormon. It was all that I knew. When I was about fourteen I started separating my ideas from my parents, not necessarily because they were different, but I felt the need to question them in order for them to be my own. I realized around that time that I really loved the Gospel and the way that it made me feel. I had moved to Utah around that time and there was a lot about the LDS culture there that made me uncomfortable. I realized though that people are imperfect. I have never on the other hand found anything lacking in the Gospel. The Gospel makes me so happy, it is fulfilling and comforting. It really ignites this desire in me to become the best I can be. It gives me firm ground to build my life on and to anchor my soul in; it gives me purpose. I realized also that you can't be active in the Gospel and not be active in the Church. I am just as imperfect as the people around me. Maybe our strengths and weaknesses compliment each other, maybe that's why the Church is important. So that we can help them and maybe they can help us as we work in our own way towards the same goal; to be like our Savior. The real reason that I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is because I know beyond doubt that this is the Savior's true Church, the only Church with all truth and all authority in the same place. I want to follow Him. I would give up the world to know Him.

How I live my faith

I hold the calling right now of teaching the 4-5 year olds in Sunday School. They are absolutely delightful. Every week my mom and I (we teach together) try to provide a lesson on different things--the scriptures, the prophets, the temple. Usually, because 5 year olds don't have a particularly lengthy attention span, what it boils down to is this. God loves you. Jesus loves you. We love you. I love holding a calling. It is very fulfilling to be able to participate in church, to play a part. While I was at school I was able to teach the Gospel Doctrines class in my ward. That was a little intimidating, but also very rewarding. No matter what it is that I have done, I really feel it is a blessing to have a calling.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

I'm a Mormon. I do not worship Joseph Smith. I worship God the Eternal Father and His Son, my Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. I have great respect and gratitude to Joseph Smith. He did good things. But I worship only God and His Son. Show more Show less