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Hi I'm Ariel

I'm a 17 year-old college sophomore. I'm a scientist. I'm a sister. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've always loved to learn. When I was younger, I spent Saturday mornings poring over a map with my mom, learning all the countries and capitals of the world, and I often make Punnett squares in my head. Shortly after my freshman year of high school, I realized that gaining an education was of eternal importance but high school was not. After prayer, scores of meetings with my academic counselor, and ten online classes on top of a regular school year, I donned a cap and gown a few months shy of my 16th birthday and headed to BYU, my dream college. Now I'm in my sophomore year and studying bioinformatics, a mix of biology and computer science. I hope to one day use computer programming to enhance genetic analysis to improve the understanding and treatment of human disease.

Why I am a Mormon

I believe that Jesus Christ is my Savior and the only perfect source of hope of hope and joy. I believe that by trying to pattern my life after His teachings, I can find and keep that hope and joy. Living in accordance with His commandments is not always easy, but it makes me better, and it makes me happy! When I focus on developing my relationship with God, everything else falls into place. My faith gives me strength and courage, and it gives me the perspective to look beyond what I am to what I can become.

How I live my faith

One thing about being a young student at a predominantly LDS college is that, since the age requirement for missionary service was lowered, all my friends are preparing for and leaving on missions, but I'm still too young to go. Instead, I consider myself a home-front missionary support staff. Every week, as three or four more of my friends leave home and family for 18 months or 2 years, I write them letters and anxiously await their newsletters home. I pray daily that my missionary friends will be safe and that they will find people ready to hear the gospel they preach. I try and do what good I can in my own sphere by putting others before myself.