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Hi I'm Abriel

I love climbing mountains, having jam sessions, and dancing through sprinklers. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am from Boise, Idaho and the oldest of 8. I am a student at Utah State University. I love musical theater and have been dancing for the past 17 years. I love playing the piano, being a goober with my family, camping, back-packing, road trips, cooking, photography, motor-cycle rides through canyons, white-water rafting, rock-climbing, reading, football games, and sketching. Right now, I'm currently serving a mission in the Minneapolis, Minnesota Mission to share what I love most of all.

Why I am a Mormon

Because of this restored gospel, I know that we have a father in heaven who has unparalleled love for all of us. He loves us so immensely that He sent His son, & our brother, Jesus Christ to suffer for every single hardship we'd ever have to go to. Our fatigue, sicknesses, doubts, loneliness, stress, guilt, & our sins. He loved us enough to go through all of those incomprehensible pains so that we wouldn't have to suffer alone. He understands me more than I understand myself, because unlike anyone else, He knows exactly what I go through. I know I can find comfort, strength, & answers everyday by reading the scriptures and praying, so the power of the Holy Spirit can help & guide me. Through this church I can gain full understanding of their infinite love. I know that as a young boy, Joseph Smith restored the true church for us & that he translated the Book of Mormon which I know to be another testament of Jesus Christ. I have read it & know that just like the Bible, it gives explanations as to why we are here. I am so grateful for the knowledge that I will live with my family not just until death, but through the eternities. They mean so much to me & without this gospel, I wouldn't be able to spend time with them forever. I find joy as a member of this church. Not happiness that comes from a hug or chocolate, but true joy. Something not temporal. Joy takes work & isn't always easy to obtain, but I have joy in knowing that I am never alone & can work to become a better person.

How I live my faith

I live my faith through standards given to us by modern day prophets. These standards include modesty, Sunday- Sabbath day observance, service, honesty, chastity, tithing, and others. I have chosen to live these standards because they are what makes me closer to my father in heaven and His son, Jesus Christ. There's a peaceful and silent power that comes when my relationship with them is strengthened through having these standards. Through attending church every Sunday to renew covenants I made when I was baptized, I also receive callings. I have loved working with, teaching, and serving the youth for a temple celebration and on leadership councils, with younger primary children, and with women my own age and older, through Relief Society callings and visiting teaching. I also was blessed to have a temple only 15 minutes away from my home that I loved to attend regularly, where I feel closest to my Savior because it is the Lord's home. I am currently also so grateful for the calling I have to be a missionary and an instrument in the Lord's hands so that I can help my brothers and sisters through the Holy Ghost, return to our Heavenly Father's arms for eternity.

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Modesty is key to being chaste. As a girl, it has helped me respect my body and remembering that it is a temple. Without modesty, the Holy Ghost isn't able to be with us and the adversary can take a stronger grasp. Immodest language has such a heavy impact on us whether it's through music, read from a page, or spoken. It affects us all and our minds from being pure. For men, it is so important that women dress modestly because it keeps their thoughts clean and chaste. When girls dress immodestly, it isn't only affecting them negatively, but everyone around them. However, when girls show respect to themselves and others by dressing as a daughter of God, then the people around them can feel of the spirit they carry and the adversary has much less power to tempt any unchaste thoughts or actions. As a parent, one of the best ways to teach children of modesty is to be an example of modesty. Children, no matter what age, are aware of the standards parents keep and will follow that example. Through a good example, it makes explaining the importance of modesty more receptive. Parents can teach them of the blessings that come through faithfully living modestly. The power of the Holy Ghost and a closer relationship with God. Show more Show less