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Hi I'm Rian

I'm a born and (mostly) bred Utahn. I love my family, I love to be happy, and I love the gospel because it is what makes me happy!

About Me

I am the oldest of four kids, and I love spending time with my family and friends. I also love to sing, act, dance, draw (and pretty much anything else artsy), read, swim, eat, laugh, watch movies, and take a good long nap every now and again. I recently returned early from serving a Spanish-speaking mission in Los Angeles, California due to anxiety and depression. After taking a few months to get healthy again, I am now back at BYU in Provo studying to become a mental health counselor! I am a recovering perfectionist, and as I have learned more and more about the Savior's atonement through my own personal trials, I have been able to let go of more and more of my fears, and work on truly being happy! I have also learned more about my own personal divine nature as a daughter of God, and I am constantly working on strengthening my relationship with Him. Because of these recent shifts in perspective, I am now loving school, dating, work, and just living in general!

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in this church, and even though my parents and their example have had a lot to do with my involvement in it, when it comes down to it, the bottom line is that I am a member because I know for myself that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is true. I have spent countless hours studying, learning, growing, and praying on my knees, just talking to my Heavenly Father and coming to know His will. For me, that will has always included, and will always include this church. I know, because I have experienced firsthand the peace, love, and pure JOY that comes when I live by the standards and guidelines set by the church, and when I keep the personal covenants that I have made with the Lord! Even when times are hard and things don't go as I plan, I know that I can make it through because my Savior, Jesus Christ, is there with me every step of the way. I know that I am a literal child of a Heavenly Father who knows me personally by name, and who loves me more than I could ever know. I know that if I live the way He wants me to that I can become like Him someday. I know that Joseph Smith is truly a prophet called of God and that he restored the same gospel established by Christ when He was on the earth, and that He did it through God's power -- the power of the priesthood. I know that the Book of Mormon is true and that we can come to know Christ by studying what's written it its pages. I know that Thomas S. Monson is a prophet of God, and that when we listen to his counsel that we can be protected and blessed. I know that I know that Jesus Christ lives and has atoned for my sins and weaknesses so that I can live with Him again, and that only through Him can I become my best self. I know that He knows and understands everything that I go through and that He will never leave me to go through any of it alone. I promise that you can know this too if you only ASK! God will answer. He loves us, He knows us, and we cannot fail if we only rely on Him.

How I live my faith

I think that the gospel is best shared through example. I love living the principles of the church that make me so happy, and then sharing my reason for happiness with others. One of my favorite things about the church is that it brings people together in a way that a lot of other things can't. It allows us to serve one another, and get to know each other as sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father--seeing each other as He sees us. Also, because of the way the church is organized, it makes sure no one gets left behind. I love serving as a visiting teacher where I have been assigned to both visit and teach (go figure) a few of the sisters in my ward. This gives me the opportunity to go and make sure that the sisters that I am assigned to are taken care of spiritually, physically, and emotionally. I then make a report of the needs of my sisters that eventually makes its way to the bishop of my ward. This ensures that if a sister's needs are not being met, the ward is able to help her out. I know this works because I am also a visiting teachee! It's the best! In October 2013, I left to California to serve a full-time mission for the church. This involved teaching people about their relationship with our loving Heavenly Father as His children, His Plan of Happiness that allows our families to be together forever, and about the atonement of Jesus Christ, along with all the many other wonderful doctrines and principles that have been restored to us through latter-day living prophets. This experience, while being the hardest thing I have ever done, was also the most rewarding and incredible experience I have ever had. I wouldn't trade my five months in the mission field for the world! I really enjoy sharing my talents by performing musical numbers and helping others to feel the spirit in church meetings These are just a few of the things that I have done and still do as a member of the church!

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Rian
The coolest thing about the gospel is that you can find out FOR YOURSELF that it is true! The Lord loves each of us as His children, and He wants us to ask Him questions so that He can answer us. He is also unchangeable, and He will NEVER lie to us. As we learn and live the principles of the gospel, we have the opportunity to ask the Lord whether or not what we are doing is right. Through the promptings of the Holy Ghost (whose job it is to testify of truth), we can come to know for ourselves that the church is true. For me, the Holy Ghost usually comes as a feeling of peace and joy. He speaks to our hearts and our minds comfort, hope, and the love that God has for us. The more you live principles that help you feel the Holy Ghost, the easier it becomes to recognize his influence, and follow his promptings. Through careful study, prayer, and application, I have learned for myself that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true. I encourage you to pray to your Heavenly Father for answers to your questions. I promise He will answer you, because He loves you! Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Rian
Being a Mormon is the BEST! By living the principles and doctrines that I have learned in the church, I am able to be truly happy. Life is hard! I have experienced some serious trials that have made it difficult at times to want to go on. However, I have stuck with what I know to be true, and it has paid off in ways that I never could have imagined. Because of The Church, I know who I am, where I am going, and where I stand in this confusing world of today. I know that God loves me, and that I am of incredible wroth as His daughter. I have a family that can be together forever. I am able to feel the comfort of the Holy Ghost, and have his help in making decisions that will allow me to be the happiest I can be. I know about Christ's Atonement, and am able to use its power in my everyday life to become better. I have made personal covenants that have helped me develop a personal relationship with God. I have experienced the joy that comes from sharing the gospel with those around me. I know that as we live gospel principles that we can experience true joy and happiness! Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Rian
NONE of us are perfect. That is just a fact. As human beings we make mistakes every day. As we reflect on our experiences, we can do our best to learn from our mistakes and change, but without The Infinite Atonement of Jesus Christ, there is no possible way for us to do what our Heavenly Father intends us to do: become like Him. The Atonement (consisting of Christ's suffering in Gethsemane, His death on the cross, and His resurrection) is at the center of Heavenly Father's Plan of Happiness. It is what makes everything possible. Through these events, Christ overcame both physical and spiritual death. His suffering allowed Him to experience individually each and every one of our sins. Because of this, He can understand us perfectly, and as we use His Atonement to fully repent of our sins, He can make us completely whole. Not only does The Atonement account for our sins, it also accounts for our weaknesses, sickness, pains, temptations, and any afflictions that we may suffer in this life (Alma 7:11-13). Because He in a very personal way understands exactly what we go through, the Savior can bring us comfort, and through His Atonement, can eventually make right everything that is wrong in this world. He expects us to do our part, and take advantage of this beautiful gift that He has given us. I know that The Atonement is real, and that it has the power to heal and cleanse us. I have seen it in my life time and time again. Show more Show less