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Hi I'm Raven

I grew up in New Zealand. I enjoy health science, sports and love the outdoors. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Kamusta!!! I was born in Orange County, California but have spent most of my childhood living in New Zealand. I love sports, particularly running, swimming and volley-ball. At the moment I am a missionary at the Provo MTC, and will be leaving to the mission feild of Bacolod, Philippines in a few weeks. Before my mission I was working as a research assistant in the area of Maori health science, at Waikato University. I have such a passion for science, and hope to continue my path on to becoming a pediatrician or sports doctor when I return home from my mission. I love my family and friends who are amazing examples to me of the wonderful children of God we can all be. And I love this gospel and all the knowledge and insights of God's plan that it gives us.

Why I am a Mormon

I am actually a 7th generation member of the church. This is a great strength to me, of the faith of me and my ancestors. But is not the main reason why I have continued to be a member of the church. Several instances in my life that have testified to me that God is real and he loves us: First was when I was baptized at eight years old. Although unable to describe all the feelings I felt that day I remember the warmth that surrounded. It almost felt like someone giving me a big hug. It brought me much peace and happiness. That was a time when I felt that the Lord was happy with the decision I had made to get baptized. Since then I have felt that warm, fuzzy feeling of the spirit on many separate occasions, which has brought me comfort in times of trial and happiness in times of joy. Second, was when I personally finished the Book of Mormon in my early teens. After reading the last page I remember praying, and asking if the things I had read in this book were true. Immediately I felt that warm fuzzy feeling, I felt my past ancestors around me and I knew that those things were true. Since then I have enjoyed reading the Book of Mormon and gaining more knowledge every time I read it. Last, was a couple months ago when I began preparing for my mission. I had not really planned to serve a mission, and in fact would always try and avoid the subject when people brought it up. It wasn't that I didn't want to serve the Lord but I really wanted to finish my science degree. But I began to become very frustrated all of a sudden, and felt like I was loosing direction. After praying and fasting for guidance the spirit told me that I needed to prepare to serve a mission. As soon as I decided to I felt this huge weight off my shoulders. Suddenly the mist of confusion and frustration was gone. And over the next couple months as I've been preparing to go the Lord has directed my paths in ways that I could never have for-seen had I decided not to go. So this is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith in everything I do, whether I'm at home, school, work or out shopping. I have learnt that the Lord can be with us in every step of our daily lives, in everything we do. He wants to communicate to us and we to Him. The Lord has given us so much in our lives, even the very air that we breath, because he is our loving Father in Heaven. I know that I will never be able to re-pay Him for all he has done for me but I try my best to serve Him to the best of my ability. I am currently teaching in the church's youth program and thoroughly love every minute of it. The young women are such beautiful daughters of God, who are each very different and teach me so much. Through teaching simple principles of the Gospel to them my faith increases as do theirs. And very soon I will be going to the Philippines to serve a full-time mission for the next one and a half years. I am so excited that I will be able to share the spirit with those who are searching for answers in their lives of why we are here, where we came from and where we go after this life. I know the joy and happiness that the gospel has brought me and so I can't wait to share that with others.

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Raven
The way that we come to know our Father in Heaven is the same way that we come to know our family and friends, we talk to them. We can talk to Heavenly Father through prayer. We can ask Him for comfort, we can tell Him how our day went or we can pray to ask Him to help us with things, such as a school exam or dance recital. In turn Heavenly Father communicates to us through warm feelings and through the still small voice of the Holy Spirit. We can also come to know Heavenly Father through sincerely studying the scriptures. The scriptures contain testimonies of special witnesses called apostles and prophets. They have had sacred experiences with God and have recorded these experiences in scared books called scriptures. Lastly, we can come to know Him when we strive to obey His commandments. This brings us closer to God and helps us know that he lives and loves us. I can truly testify that these three things are essential to knowing our Father in Heaven. They are things that I strive to do daily, and that have brought me so much closer to my Heavenly Father. I know that if we have a desire to follow Him and do these things he will bless us because he loves us and we are His children. Show more Show less