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Hi I'm Ari

I am a reader, writer, gamer, music and food enthusiast, and a self-proclaimed ninja. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have had a love of music since I was a child, thanks to my awesome mom. It's also thanks to her that I've developed a love of food, especially Filipino cuisine. That's right, I am from the Philippines, born and sort of raised. My family and I moved to the US in the early 2000s to seek out good, affordable programs to help my younger brother who has autism. Speaking of my bro, he has come leaps and bounds since we came here and I am so thankful that we are able to be in this country. I am currently serving a full-time mission for 18 months in the Philippines, just north of where I was originally born! Neat huh? I've experienced many trials and seen many changes in my life here in the mission. But I know it's all worth it! I also love to read. In fact, it's because of my love of stories that has led to me being an avid writer, though I have yet to actually finish a work. I am also a bit of a musician, having played clarinet and piano for years. In addition, I am, well, a bit of a gaming nerd. Perhaps it is due to some video games having either a great plot or storyline, awesome music, or both. I hope to become, first and foremost, a great wife and mother and then a successful IT security professional and/or computer animator. And a ninja on the side.

Why I am a Mormon

I love the gospel and the hope it brings to my life! I am able to find joy and happiness and I would love for others to be able to feel that as well. There is also great comfort to be found and I honestly don't know where I would be right now if I didn't have this wonderful gospel as a part of my life. I love how important family is and I know that every single one of us here on earth needs and deserves to have a family, people we can always go home to and who will stand by us through thick and thin.

How I live my faith

As a teen, I have helped organize weekly activities for other girls my age and have even helped organize a week-long summer camp, teaching the girls important survival skills and helping create a good, loving environment where they could develop good friendships and grow to become better young women. It was a fun experience for me despite me being a bit on the shy side. I have also spent a couple of months as a teacher on Sundays, teaching a class of about 5-8 children ages 4 & 5. I loved spending time with them and the sweet spirit they bring. And now, I am currently in the Philippines to serve a full-time mission for 18 months. I have been through many trials and have met many wonderful people--missionaries, members, and non-members alike. Being a missionary, I have the wonderful opportunity to witness the miracle of change brought about by the redemptive power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon temples? What goes on in Mormon temples?

Those who are baptized members and are worthy to enter the temple are admitted inside. As for what goes on within the temple, it's not so much that it is secret; it's just very sacred. So sacred, in fact, that it just won't feel right sharing it with the world. But this much I can say, there are saving ordinances that take place there, just as marriage for eternity, not just 'till death do us part', ordinances for those who have passed on without the chance to accept or reject the gospel while they were alive, and in the temple, members learn certain eternal truths about God's plan for us and what we need to do while here on earth. However, that doesn't mean you can't visit the grounds and have the chance to feel the peace of being near the literal house of the Lord. And some temples have visitors' centers you can visit to learn more about what the gospel of Jesus Christ can become in your life. Show more Show less