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Hi I'm Mina

I love triathlons. I am a world traveler. I love Thailand. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up all over the place. Born in the northwestern United States, then moved to the DC area, then to southern Florida, then off to Thailand, then Utah, now Ecuador and soon I'm off to serving a mission for this wonderful church in Ukraine for 18 months. I LOVE to travel. New cultures and people facinate me. I love seeing this beautiful planet. I spent the last year at Brigham Young University in Provo. I am in the middle of majoring in Exercise and Wellness. I love fitness and nutrition. I love Biggest Loser and my favorite celebrity is Jillian Michaels. I have done three teen triathlons with hopes of doing some Olympic length ones in the future.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the LDS church as is common for a lot of modern-day Mormons. Although I grew up in this faith there came a point where I had to choose for myself whether or not I wanted to stay. I prayed to know if this was what I should do and realized how much happiness this church had brought to my life. I can't say there was ever a huge moment that made me convert. It was more the smaller moments of feeling peace, enjoying the fellowship of other members, and realizing that the commandments are a security, not a restriction. This past year at college I realized that I had negleted a huge part of what it means to be Mormon: a testimony of Jesus Christ and his role as our Savior. When I say a huge part, I suppose I should say the biggest part. Our church is named after him, after all. When I realized this, I made a commitment to myself that I would try to strengthen my belief in him and his role with the atonement and dying on the cross. Little by little each week I began to realize how vital he is. He is our mediator with God, he died so that we can live. Overall it is difficult to describe the feelings I have had that have led me to join this church and become a member but I know that it brings me so much joy and peace of mind. I know who I am, I know where I'm going, and I know why I'm here.

How I live my faith

When I was in college I served as a teacher for the women's group each sunday. I loved this opportunity because it allowed me to learn so much about my faith as well as teach others what I was able to learn. In high school I was the teenage girl's leader and helped to plan weekly youth activities. I also really enjoyed this as it allowed me to get to know other girls my age by serving them. Update: I am now in the midst of serving a full-time mission for the LDS church. I am only 2 months in and I already feel incredible blessed to have this opportunity. I know how vital it is for people to hear the "good news" of Christ's plan for us and how we can become better through him. I think of Christ every day while being a missionary. He was/is our PERFECT example.

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

I will very soon be a missionary in Kyiv Ukraine so let me share what we missionaries teach. When you recieve a lesson from a missionary there are many different topics. Overarchingly all of the lessons testify of Jesus Christ and the atonement that he suffered for us so that we may live. There is also something called the Plan of Salvation that describes where we came from, why we are here on Earth and what will happen to us after we die. The missionaries' ultimate goal is to allow you to know for yourself if the things they teach you are true. Show more Show less