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Hi I'm Ariel

I was born and raised in California. I love to run half marathons, and just about anything else outdoors. I am a Mormon.

About Me

My hobbies include, running half marathons, playing sports, hiking, boating, snowboarding, camping, etc. I just graduated high school. I work two jobs, coaching gymnastics and lifeguarding. While I was in high school, I participated in cheerleading for a year and a half. I also did two internships, where I was able to leave the school for an hour or so to go get hands on experience with a job I am interested in. My internships included, helping at an Autism unit, and teaching at a preschool. In the future I would love to become a teacher for those who have disabilities. I come from a family of 4 kids, including myself, however I also have 4 step siblings. I am the third oldest. My brother just returned from his mission in Chile, and I am now preparing for mine, which I can leave in about a year. I plan to move to Montana after the summer to live with my aunt and uncle until I can serve a mission. I love to joke, and am very sarcastic. I'm an easy person to get along with! :)

Why I am a Mormon

When I was younger, my family never really went to church, even though they were members. My older brother and sister had been baptized, but I had not. The age of 8, when children of our faith are generally baptized, soon passed by, and I was not baptized. We then moved from California to Utah. It was then that I started going to church. My neighbors would invite me and my siblings to church and activities. I soon started taking lessons from the Missionaries. After which I decided to be baptized. I have had many different circumstances and trials in my life that have made me realize how important this religion is to me. I continue to follow His gospel, because I can see the blessings that come from doing so. There have been countless times when I have felt the Spirit bearing witness to me that the principles of this gospel ARE indeed true. I have seen His hand in my life in many instances. I know that through this gospel, I will be able to one day live with my family again. Although, I do not know how everything will work out, I trust that He has a way and that it will all work out how it should. I am thankful for the Book of Mormon, and the truths it teaches. I am grateful for our Prophets and Apostles, who we are able to heed council from, and follow their examples. I know that they speak the Lord's words. I am thankful for the opportunity that we each have to be instruments in the Lord's hands. We each have so many opportunities to serve one another and to bring them the joy of this church, the only true and living church. I know that He died for me and atoned for my sins, because there was no other who could do so marvelous a thing! I am forever grateful and indebted to my Savior, who makes it possible for me to be with my family for eternity and to live in His kingdom if I obey His commandments and live my life in a way that is pleasing unto Him. I can never truly express how grateful I am for this wondrous gospel that brings so much joy into my life.

How I live my faith

In my ward I have been the class president of my different classes, which gave me the opportunity to serve the young women in our ward. I was able to help plan fun activities for everyone to participate in. I have several opportunities to teach lessons relating to a topic of our religion, that would help myself and others to grow in our faith. I am now a visiting teacher, however since this is just recent, I haven't had the opportunity to fulfill this calling yet, but I am looking forward to being able to serve the women in our ward and get to know them better.