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Hi I'm Marta

I am a daughter, a sister, a friend, a missionary, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in the LDS (Mormon) church, and became a member through baptism at the age of 8. After more than 10 years studying, living, and teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, I have developed a strong testimony that God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost love me and help me through each day of my life. Because I understand the glorious message of the gospel, and how much it can bless the lives of ALL people, I have chosen to serve an 18 month mission for the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I have put aside my studies at Brigham Young University, and I'm leaving all my family and friends to serve the people of Mexico City. When I return, I will continue my studies and pursue a degree in Occupational Therapy. I love my family, aquatic sports, beautiful mountains, and most importantly the gospel of Jesus Christ. I'm a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family that already had the gospel, and so I have been raised going to church and participating in many LDS activities. However, as I entered High School and began to attend early morning Seminary, I was impressed by the number of lessons given where I was encouraged to develop a testimony of the gospel for myself. As I searched for truth and meaning in scripture, in church, in family, and in prayer I came to realize that my testimony was built not by "aha moments" or lightning strikes, but by simple truths and tiny miracles that showed me my Father in Heaven knows me. I know that Joseph Smith Jr. was a prophet and translated the Book of Mormon with the power of God because there is no other explanation for his actions. No man would endure what Joseph Smith Jr. did if he did not know with a certainty that the doctrines and truth for which he was martyred were true. I have spent 19 years pondering things such as these, and I know for a surety that the LDS church is the only completely true church on Earth and in Heaven. I follow my Savior and the examples he set by serving those around me and living a clean and productive life. I refuse to believe that the world is as sad, violent, graphic, devoid of purpose, and empty as T.V. shows, high school, and the news make it seem. I know many who are unhappy and can't understand what they are missing. They are missing the peace and joy that living the gospel brings.

How I live my faith

I live my faith each day by reading and studying the Book of Mormon, the Holy Bible, the Doctrine & Covenants, and messages from living prophets, by establishing a personal connection to my Heavenly Father through prayer, and by abiding by the commandments and counsel given to me by prophets both ancient and modern. I keep the 10 commandments, and I also live according to the "Word of Wisdom" outlined in the 89th section of the Doctrine & Covenants which counsels me not to drink alcohol, tea, or coffee, among other things. I also follow guidelines for language, dress, and behavior outlined in the For the Strength of Youth pamphlet, and I look to the "Proclamation to the World: The Family" document for guidance in understanding family relationships and roles. I also attend church meetings and activities regularly, and serve in "callings" or assignments to teach, lead, and visit with other members and non-members in my area. Being a Mormon is a fundamental part of who I am and what I do, but the most important way I live my faith is by having faith. Faith in a bright future, in second-chances and forgiveness, in families that last beyond this life, and in the atonement of my Savior Jesus Christ.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Jesus Christ taught that we should love one another, be our brother's keeper, and do good works continually. In the church it is easy to help those who we interact with regularly- other church members- but as followers of Christ we are commanded to love and help everyone. Because of this the church and its every-day members are willing to help everyone we can. Show more Show less