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Hi I'm Desi

I grew up in Southern Utah. I love to run, dance, sing, write, teach children and laugh. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 20 years old and am currently serving as a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have completed 1.5 years of college and plan to return to finish my bachelor's degree after my mission. I plan to major in English because I love writing. I also would love to get my teaching licensure along with my bachelor degree so that I can teach either high school English or elementary school. I spent 13 years of my life as a dancer and 6 of them as a runner. Dancing and running is something that will always be a part of me. I don't get very many opportunities to dance anymore, but I ran on the cross country team in college and occasionally still participate in local 5k's and relay races. Singing and performing in general are also activities I enjoy and often pursue. As I mentioned earlier, I love writing and hope to one day publish a novel (or twelve). My favorite writing style, however, is poetry. I can see myself publishing poetry before I publish anything else. I currently work at an elementary school with students who have special needs. I love children and helping them learn and grow in a positive environment. I think education is one of the most important things to help society progress and therefore want to help others have a valuable and encouraging education. I love life. I try to soak up every moment and treasure memories. I'm so grateful for the things Heavenly Father has blessed me with and for Jesus Christ, our redeemer.

Why I am a Mormon

The gospel contained in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a "glad message." Why not live something that brings eternal happiness?! It isn't always easy to follow the laws of the gospel, but as I always say, sometimes the hardest things are the best things. Besides, when I am truly striving to live the gospel standards, I am at my happiest. Things in my life may not be perfect, but I have inner peace and joy when I know I'm doing what is right. This church is the true church restored on this earth in these latter days. It is based upon the teachings of Jesus Christ, who wants nothing more than for us to come to him in humble repentance. Christ will always, no matter what, be there for us waiting for us to let him guide us. I've learned through personal experience that the Lord wants us to feel hopeful and happy, and the gospel offers that. True and lasting happiness is found in the principles of the gospel. I know it. I've seen it in my life too many times to not believe it. Even in the hard times, when I wondered if God was really there, at the end of my trials my eyes have been opened and blessings have been poured upon me when I endure the hard times faithfully. A verse of scripture in the Book of Mormon, 2 Nephi 2:25 states: "...men are, that they might have joy." That is why I live the gospel. That is why I am a Mormon. That is why I am going on a mission to share this gospel, because I want others to have the joy that comes from the gospel of Jesus Christ as well. My overall goal in life is to make others happy in a manner which is pleasing to the Lord. If I can do that, I will be happy. Happiness is in the eternal truths, those truths which come from our loving Father in heaven. Kind, loving relationships, selfless service, and teaching the gospel are just a few ways to embrace and share eternal truths.

How I live my faith

To me, living my faith is striving to be a light in the world. The single most important thing, at least as I see it, is following the example of Jesus Christ, a selfless, loving, hopeful, obedient, virtuous, patient and humble man. I try to make a conscious effort to become more like him. To learn of Christ and God the Father, I study the scriptures (Bible and/or Book of Mormon) on a daily basis as well as pray. Church is also something I make a priority on Sunday's. I love going to church and am often uplifted by the testimonies, music, lessons and friendly faces I get to enjoy each week.