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Hi I'm Marian Doman

I grew up in the rural town of Kirksville, Missouri. I attend BYU-Idaho and I'm majoring in History Ed. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love eating popcorn, watching a good action movie, and spending time with family and friends--preferably all at the same time. Give me a good fantasy novel and I'm set for the day, though I may trade that out for an interesting history book. I plan to major in History Education and become a history teacher to help students become passionate about history, but also to convince them that there was more to my hero, George Washington Carver, than just peanuts. Though I call a small rural town in Missouri my home and a college town in Idaho my home away from home, I will soon be leaving to embark on a mission to serve in Sao Paulo Interlagos Brazil to preach the good news of the gospel.

Why I am a Mormon

My Mormon ancestral roots stretch back as far as they could go; my ancestors on both sides converted to the church when it was still very young. I guess you could say it was in my blood. I grew up in a strong LDS family; my parents taught us well and my testimony was first built on the foundation of theirs. Even though I have never been without the gospel, I still had to gain a testimony that was mine and no one else's. As a teen, undertaking the ago-old journey to discover one's true identity, I discovered who I was as an individual, but more importantly I experienced the joy that comes from having a personal relationship with an omniscient, divine being. My trust in God deepened and my commitment to serve him and those around me increased. In high school, I was one of only a handful of Mormon students, and instead of making me feel alienated, this experience taught me to be an example and to stand for what I believed in. To this day, I can look back and see the progression of my commitment to my faith. It started as borrowed from my parents, but slowly became my own through experience and growth. My testimony has brought me such peace as I have found the inexpressible sweetness that comes from a personal relationship with God and his son Jesus Christ. I have chosen to give a year and a half of my life over in service to the Lord and to the Brazilian people as I serve a mission to share the joy my testimony has brought to me. Truly I am blessed, and great is my desire to devote my life to the Lord and to spreading the gospel to His children.

How I live my faith

Service is a huge part of our church; the church is run by unpaid people who serve in addition to having regular jobs. For eight years of my childhood my Dad was the bishop of our ward, meaning that his responsibilities were the same as a preacher's. He gave so much of his time and energy to the welfare of others and somehow still had time to be a full-time Spanish professor. We learned so much about sacrifice and service and the Lord blessed us so much. In my church, I currently serve as a teacher of four-year-old children. They always seem to surprise me with the extent of their knowledge; it is just so fun! For me, living my faith isn't about simply attending church on Sunday, but about how I live my life and interact with those around me. It's about the service that I render to my family and friends and the good that I can do to help bring peace and happiness into the lives of others. I want the example that I set to reflect my faith in Jesus Christ.