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Hi I'm Sophia

i ride horses. i'm going to be an elementary school teacher when i grow up. i fill my life with music. i'm a mormon.

About Me

i grew up in a harbor town in maine, and absolutely LOVE the ocean. one of the ways i always found peace through difficulty was to escape to the nearest beach to just sit on the rocks and reflect. but as i've come to utah to study at byu, i've had to find similar comfort in hiking to the tops of mountains or biking along river paths, stopping to ponder and take a quiet moment to communicate with god. i have been a member of the church my whole life, and since the age of 16, i wanted to be a full-time missionary. the tricky part is that i was always pretty shy, and didn't know if i'd be able to talk to complete strangers about something that represented everything that i am. however, the idea stuck, and when the opportunity presented itself again at 21, i knew: this was my chance. so, nerves and all, off i went to concepcion chile, as "hermana." this leap of faith proved to be the single-most influential decision of my relatively short life. i came to know the savior. i met my chilean family, and loved them. and more than anything, i got to know who i was to my heavenly father, and decided that being shy was no fun; that it wasn't part of my divine potential. my heart was changed. my life was changed. i owe everything to the lord for the experience he gave me, and plan on spending the rest of my life making it up to him. living the gospel is where i have found true and lasting comfort, even if it means no sand or salty water for now.

Why I am a Mormon

my mom found the mormon church when she was 16, and made the decision to be baptized, independent from anyone else in her family at the time. although i was raised mormon because of my parents, i have chosen to continue to follow this path because it has been a source of peace, has provided answers to the questions of my soul, and it fills me with purpose. being mormon is so much more than just going to church and obeying a bunch of rules. i'm mormon because i want to live with god and my family again, and the only way to achieve that is to follow the example and teachings of jesus christ, the savior of the world. in the church of jesus christ of latter-day saints, i have found the WAY to become more like him, as i study the scriptures and try to get to know who he truly is and all he did for me. because of my activity in the mormon church, i have discovered and developed my faith. i have found comfort. i have found how to receive forgiveness when i make mistakes. i have found how to lead a happy life, despite trials or heartache. and because i have found all these things, i want to share them. as god's children, that's what being a great big family is all about!

How I live my faith

i remember once telling a friend in high school, "my religion isn't one more thing i try to fit into my busy schedule. my faith is who i am. everything else fits into place around my core beliefs and the responsibilities i take on as one trying to serve god." i believe that i lived with god before this life on earth, and that i am here to learn and grow, and to prepare to live with him again in our heavenly home. the process isn't easy. faith is a moving force that requires exertion on my part. it takes work. it takes sacrifice. it involves trusting in someone i cannot see, but whose presence and influence i can FEEL every day. as i've striven to come closer to god and understand his plan for me, i've learned that a life surrendered to him is a happy one. he really does know his stuff. i am doing my best to trust him and do what he asks of me, not only for my benefit, but to be able to help others in the way HE would if he were here.