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Hi I'm Sierra

I grew as a member of the Church, but gaining my own testimony changed my life.

About Me

My life has been pretty simple. I grew up very close to my mum and dad and I have one older brother. I went to school, I worked, I spent time with my friends. I've been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints my whole life. My outlook is, "Come what may and love it." This is from a speech by Joseph B. Wirthlin. He teaches that when we face adversity with the right attitude, it can be our greatest blessing. He doesn't encourage us to put on false happiness or smother our pain - rather he suggests that we choose to react postively and grow from the experience. I completely believe this and that everything can be solved by coming to Christ and that he is the source of lasting joy. So I find joy in life, in all the things there are to be explored and learned. I love studying, I love science and art and thrift shopping. I love reading and cycling and I'm terrible at sports.

Why I am a Mormon

My conversion to the church happened little by little, throughout all 21 years of my life. I don't know that I ever had a single faith defining moment - my faith comes from a series of quiet small experiences. Growing up, I lived in a community with a high percentage of Mormons and it was simple to go to church on Sunday and seminary was taught during my free period in school; so I never had to sacrifice sleep to attend in the early morning. But sometimes, when surrounded by so many people with similar beliefs and lifestyles, it's easy to get complacement about faith, easy to substitute my parents or friends standards for my own, without any conviction. At some point in my life I think I realized that all my good church related experiences would mean nothing if I didn't truly believe what I was learning. Somewhere amidst all the craziness and fun of school and friends and growing up, I found quiet moments to pray, to read the Book of Mormon, and to ponder what I believed. I took church classes and wrote down my thoughts and impressions. As I did, I found my own testimony. The more I learned about the scriptures, and had prayers answered, and built a relationship with my Heavenly Father and my brother Jesus Christ, the more excited I became. I often felt like my mind was actually exploding with light and with knowledge and with joy. I am a Mormon because I know the church holds all of God's teachings and the way to return to Him.

How I live my faith

I don't so much live my faith as I simply live. It's such a part of me that I couldn't really say where the faith ends and the Sierra begins. I think the defining feature of my faith is how I react to doubt. Being imperfect means I often have questions. And in the past I've struggled to find my testimony. But I've found the way to deal with this is to begin with faith. I start with what I know, I go back to the Book of Mormon, back to Christ, back to prayer and continue from there. I acknowledge, "Lord I believe, help thou my unbelief." Every time I've done this, I've found answers to my questions, love from my Savior, and a stronger belief that this is Christ's full gospel.